The round-up: follow your nose to the Gold Coast’s best bakeries and patisseries
Is there anything better than the aroma of freshly baked bread? Or biting into a flaky, buttery croissant? That’s a trick question because the answer is no, obviously. That moment when you walk into a bakery or patisserie is like a comforting hug – and it’s not uncommon to go a little weak at the knees. If, like us, you love nothing more than schmearing salted butter on a piece of fresh sourdough, have a slightly unhealthy obsession with sausage rolls and consider cream-filled choux bombs a breakfast staple (they are), then you’ll take great pleasure in working through this list of must-try bakeries and patisseries on the Gold Coast.
Bam Bam Bakehouse, Mermaid Beach: When it comes to delightfully decadent, handcrafted pastries on the Gold Coast, there’s a reason Bam Bam finds itself a place on every list. It’s likely you’ll be met with a packed house when you arrive, but trust us when we say the croissants, choux bombs, eclairs, cruffins, cream puffs and tarts are well and truly worth the trip. Hot tip, you can pre-order your pastry online here and it’ll be boxed up and waiting for you when you get there. Genius.
The Paddock Bakery, Miami: Miami and Burleigh locals are often woken up by the aroma of Paddock’s woodfired sourdough billowing through the backstreets. Each day you’ll find the cabinet brimming with sweet delights, from brownies to still-gooey-on-the-inside cookies and more. Got a craving for something savoury? The house-made sausage roll and the slow-cooked beef pie will hit the spot.
Burleigh Baker, Burleigh Heads and Paradise Point: If you take your baked goods seriously, you’ll find your kindred in Geoff Dance (aka the Burleigh Baker) and his wife Lisa. These guys care about your gut health more than you probably do, and as a result, the breads go through a 24-36 hour fermentation process using natural, organic and sustainable ingredients to ensure an easily digestible and delicious-tasting end product. Don’t take our word for it, grab a loaf and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Fuel Bakehouse Currumbin and Cabarita: If you’ve got a hearty hankering for bakery-fresh pies and doughnuts, Fuel is where it’s at. You’ll find it along Currumbin Creek Road slinging everything from flaky pies filled seven-hour slow-cooked beef to semi-sourdough doughnuts that are guaranteed to hit the spot. If you find yourself south of the border, scout Fuel’s second outpost at Caba. Image credit: Brooke Darling Photography
Tarte Bakery & Cafe, Burleigh Heads: This Burleigh-based bakery continues to attract hoards of hungry locals who are keen to get their mitts on Tarte’s treats. The cabinet of daily baked delights will surely catch your eye, with its team of pastry maestros rolling out an extensive spread of handmade sweets across the day. Treat yourself to the likes of a Nutella-topped kouign amann (rounds of croissant-like dough slowly baked in sugar to give a caramelised outer layer), signature cruellers and baked ricotta cheesecake, but be warned – they’ve been known to sell out so best get in quick sticks.
5B2F Bakehouse, Chirn Park: Celebrated pastry chef Moonsun Yoo fills his boutique bakery with everything from sourdough to freshly made pies and sausage rolls, cronuts, croissants and more. There’s also a mighty fine selection of intricate French pastries, cakes and petite sweets that will bring a smile to your dial.
The Mill Bakery & Cafe, Paradise Point: Known for its freshly baked breads, rolls, pies and sweet treats, The Mill has carved a sizeable local following and for good reason! The custom cakes are also next level.
Aux Fines Bouches, Burleigh Heads: Originally based in Adelaide, the renowned patisserie made the move to the Gold Coast in late 2019 and now dispenses its creations from its pastry showroom on Taree Street in Burleigh Heads. Pronounced ‘oh-fin-bush’, this quaint space is very much about showcasing the art and magic of pastry. Walk in and you’ll be greeted with a passionate ‘bonjour’ before your eyes quickly fixate on the display cabinet lined with pastries, cakes, whole cakes and tarts. A true hidden gem that is definitely worth venturing out of your way to find.Rise Bakery, Sanctuary Cove: The mouth-watering new pastry emporium is the handiwork of chefs Adrien Marcinowski and Maxime Bournazel, who were immediately drawn to the location for its stark similarities to the south of France. Rise Bakery’s menu showcases a selection of traditional, well-executed French classics that are inspired by Adrien’s own childhood memories of Sunday morning market trips with his parents in his hometown of Troyes, France. Think croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit-topped danishes and soon-to-be kouign-amann. Those who prefer savoury snacks aren’t forgotten, with a range of quiches, pies and sandwiches. Pair your pastry with a Tavalon tea or a coffee from Brisbane’s Bear Bones Coffee. Adrien and Maxime have grand plans to introduce a curated selection of bubbles as well as expand the edible offering to include a high tea experience. Suffice to say, we’re excited.
The Pastry Emporium, Bundall: Best to loosen the belt buckles a little before you visit – this place is jammed with delights from custard-filled doughnuts, colourful macarons and cookies, to hand-rolled croissants, fruit danishes and endless rows of petite and whole cakes. There are fresh-baked baguettes, rye and sourdough loaves available to take home, plus a range of housemade pies, bacon and egg brioche rolls and savoury pastries that are sure to keep you (and your stomach) well and truly satisfied.
Gluten Free 4 U, Broadbeach: Here’s one for all of our coeliac and gluten-free pals! For anyone living with a serious condition such as coeliac disease or a severe allergy, dining out can be near impossible. It’s a feeling Tanya Filak knows all too well, so you can trust you’re in good hands at this quaint Broadbeach-based bakery. Absolutely everything within the store is gluten and nut-free. In fact, Gluten Free 4 U’s range caters to the gamut of dietary variations including – but not limited to – vegan, fructose friendly, dairy friendly, egg-free, soy-free and yeast-free. Tanya’s goal now is to help normalise dietary requirements by providing a traditional bakery concept where everything just happens to be accessible to everyone. Gluten Free 4 U offers an extensive selection of breads and savouries through to cookies, speciality cakes, desserts and baked goods fresh from the oven.
The Bread Social, Tweed Heads and Isle of Capri: Formerly based at The Farm Byron Bay, you’ll spy this next-level bakery with its own outpost in Tweed Heads as well as nestled inside Harris Farm Markets at Capri on Via Roma. A go-to for fresh-from-the-oven sourdough and artisan bread varieties, you’ll also be mighty tempted by daily delights such as gourmet pies and sausage rolls, open sandwiches, mind-blowing pastries and more. There are always plenty of pastry specials rotating on the daily, so expect a bunch of new must-try morsels to magically appear each time you visit. Custard Canteen, Tallebudgera: Custard Canteen is equipped with state-of-the-art baking equipment and ovens to produce its hero product – the Portuguese custard tart. These flaky, melt-in-your-mouth custard-filled morsels are baked on-site in small batches at regular intervals to ensure perfection for pastry lovers at any time of day. There are also other baked goods like hot apple and custard pies, puff-pastry tarts and gooey caramel cookies in the cabinet.
Marie Anita’s, Mermaid Beach: Here’s another for gluten-free folk. Marie Anita’s on the Gold Coast Highway is completely (and passionately) gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free, it also happens to be downright delicious. There’s an all-day breakfast and lunch menu filled with wholesome bites such as buckwheat pancakes to bowls brimming with roasted sweet pumpkin, turmeric rice and avocado, to name a few.
My French Pastries, Robina: My French Pastries aims to take things back to basics, crafting authentic sweet and savoury pastries and cakes that stick to tradition. You’ll find French delights like fresh-fruit tarts, hand-made croissants (including savoury style with ham and cheese and sweet almond croissants), eclairs filled housemade creme patissiere and dipped in fondant icing, lemon tarts, flaky mille feuille (vanilla slice), chocolate tarts, galette des rois and more.
Fosters Bakery, Nobby Beach: Now look, we’re aware that there are plenty of old-school bakeries that have been around for donkeys that continue to do amazing things (shoot us an email if you’ve got any local faves you want us to know about), but Fosters holds a special place in our hearts/stomachs. This beachside beauty is a primo spot for a post-swim pie or sauso’ roll. Just so you know, the lamb and rosemary pie is a delight.Brezel, Varsity Lakes: If you’re yet to wrap your mitts around a deliciously salty pretzel from Brezel, the Gold Coast’s first authentic German bakery, you need to rectify that ASAP. To ensure a truly authentic pretzel experience, Brezel imports its goods direct from Germany and are baked on-site so if you time your visit right, they’re still slightly warm from the oven. In addition to pretzels, Brezel slings authentic German-style rye bread, which is considerably denser than what we’ve come accustomed to here in Australia, alongside flaky pastries, cakes, spelt rolls and other such niceties. There’s also a selection of freshly made rolls available daily.
Miami Hot Bread, Miami: Another local gem and very worthy addition to the list is this Miami-based bread nook. Hot tip, the bahn mi and bowls pack a flavour punch you 100 percent need in your life.
Flour Bakery, Southport: Flour’s cabinets are overflowing on the daily with delicious sweet and savoury pastries, both petite (aka unsharable) and large cakes, and a considerable offering of fresh bread, from sourdoughs to spelt, rye, seeded and gluten-free varietals. This is a good spot to satisfy your insatiable appetite for sausage rolls.
Le Bon Choix Boulangerie Patisserie, Broadbeach: There’s a pretty excellent reason this Pacific Fair patisserie is always busy, Le Bon Choix specialises in the kind of creations that blur the line between baked good and art. With a dash of Parisian flair and charm, Le Bon offers a drool-inducing selection of sweet and savouy delights as well as superb coffee. Pop in next time you’re out for a shop.
South of the border spots:
Cubby Bake House, Chinderah: Located right on the Tweed River in Chinderah, Cubby is the southern go-to for all of your favourite baked goods – from hot cinnamon doughnuts and cream-filled eclairs, to zesty lemon tarts, decadent cookies, fluffy muffins and more. For a savoury fix, tuck into Cubby’s famed Banh Mi featuring crunchy house-baked bread rolls, eggs Benny hugged by a buttery croissant, or grab yourself a flaky puff-pastry sausage roll with an obligatory squirt of tomato sauce.
Baked at Ancora, Tweed Heads: Warning – this Parisian-style bakehouse will absolutely ruin your diet. Nestled on the water in Tweed Heads, Baked is a haven for sweet and savoury pastries and fresh-baked bread. There’s always something new and innovative coming out of the oven, so repeat visits are a must.
Of course, this is just a sweet snippet! If you are keen to hit the road in search of baked goods, check ou this list of best country bakeries in Southeast Queensland.
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