The best bakeries in Canberra

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Fresh bread, baked goods, pastries, sweet and savoury treats … Who doesn’t love a quality bakery?

A local bakery is a great place to buy fresh bread for lunch, a treat for morning or afternoon tea, a tart for dinner or a sweet for dessert. Today, many artisan bakeries also are trained in making barista quality coffee and they serve gorgeous teas.

In Canberra especially, there are a multitude of bakeries. From specialists in cakes, to gluten-free range, Swedish bakeries to vegan galore – there’s a bakery for everyone in our little town. That’s why we’re here to help. In our article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a great bakery, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great bakery?

Choosing the right bakery makes sure everyone enjoys their favourite bakery treat. It takes the stress out of buying goods that might not make the grade.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a bakery.

  • Excellent range. First and foremost, look for a bakery that offers a delectable selection of fresh bread and baked goods, both sweet and savoury.
  • Quality. You’ll want to choose a bakery that makes everything in-house, so you’re getting super fresh goods. You might also want to treat yourself to artisan products, created with high-quality ingredients and made by hand.
  • Great prices. The best bakeries charge a fair price for the quality of their goods, especially given that artisan and hand-formed products take a lot of love and time to create.
  • Services. You might just want a bakery that serves takeaway. Or you might want to choose one that has eat-in services , including quality coffee, tea and other drinks. You might also want to select a bakery that has a great vibe and a dining area to sit and relax.
  • Staff. If you love service with a smile, you’ll want to choose a bakery with great staff. Bakeries can get super busy, so you’ll want staff that can serve you well, even when things get stressful for them.

The best bakeries in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Knead Patisserie

Knead Patisserie’s philosophy is to use real ingredients (organic where possible) and create delicious food from scratch every day. Knead Patisserie bakes a wide range of rustic breads, tarts, cakes, muffins and other pastries. On the savory side, Knead Patisserie creates gourmet sausage rolls, pies, sandwiches, quiche and authentic pizza. Customers can sit in and dine, enjoying a quality coffee.

On Google, Ben Tanzer wrote, “Good coffee, good patisserie and bread, friendly service. What more do you want?”

The Flute Bakery

Ornate, French sweets are The Flute Bakery’s speciality. Every day The Flute bakes delicate French classics and European-inspired pastries—macarons, bavarois, mousse, praline, gateaux and more. Savoury items are also baked daily. The Flute has a custom cake service. Dine in or take away.

Madeleine Lloyd wrote on Google, “Amazing pastry! Had a beef and red wine pie. Not only was the pastry delicious, the filling was just as good.”

Three Mills Bakery

Three Mills Bakery was born out of a vision to work with three grain suppliers on a quest for world-class sourdough and pastry products. Quality, local ingredients are used as are traditional baking techniques. Three Mills Bakery has a café, wholesale operation and catering service.

Jamie Whitcombe wrote on Google, “Some of the best (if not the best) baked goods in Canberra! Everything I’ve tried (including cookies, croissants, brownies and bread) has been delicious and served or delivered with a smile.”

Dobinsons

Since 1994, Dobinsons has served quality, classic Australian bakery goods in a laid-back atmosphere. Dobinsons’ success is owed to five generations of hard working and dedicated pastry chefs. Every day, bakers bakes a wide range of breads, pies, tarts, pastries and other sweet and savoury treats. Breakfast, lunch, coffee and take away all available.

On Google, Bryce O’Hara wrote, “The pastries at Dobinsons are baked with passion and it shows through the flavour and overall taste of the pies and sweets. The good coffee is an added bonus.”

 

Sweet Bones Bakery and Café

Sweet Bones is a vegan café and bakery with a rustic, rock’n’roll feeling and a friendly local vibe.  The food is inventive, cruelty free and, most of all, delicious. Sweet Bones sources as much local and organic ingredients as possible. Most items can be made gluten free.

On Google, Jamie Soaki wrote, “As a non-vegan, I was thoroughly impressed by their food. The brownie I had was delicious, to the point that I ordered a friend’s birthday cake from them.”

If you’re looking for more information on eating out in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best coffee shops, best cake shops and best birthday cakes Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with bakeries in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the bakeries listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ingredients for a great bakery?
The best bakeries offer sweet and savoury items, all cooked on site daily. They have a wide range of goodies available, to suit all tastes and occasions. Some also make great coffee and you can dine in or takeaway.
Do all bakeries offer catering services?
Many bakeries offer catering services, but not all do. Check online or phone if this is what you’re looking for. Many bakeries also provide wholesale services and specialty cake services.
What is an artisan bakery?
In the bakery world, the term artisan often refers to a baker who has been trained to knead, ferment, shape and bake handcrafted loaves of bread. They tend to create everything by hand, and with love and passion.
Do artisan bakeries change more for the goods?
Artisan bakers tend to charge more than mass commercial bakeries because it takes them longer to create goods. This is because the baker makes everything by hand, with care and without machines.
Can I order a specialty cake through my local bakery?
Quality bakeries make specialty cakes. Some make a range daily which can be bought onsite. Others require you to order in advance. These bakeries have a section of their website featuring the styles and sizes of cakes you can order.

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Weaselburger Weaselburger 3:24 pm 24 May 15

Florey do great “Saigon pork rolls”..healthy taste great and only $5.50, best pies are at Griffith butcher or Ellanes at dickson

robcrisp robcrisp 10:31 am 23 Apr 15

The bakery at Kingston (nor Silo, the asain one) does one of the best sausage rolls ever, and cheap. Also the cafe in the John Gorton Building does a mean sausage roll, but pricey but yum. I also rate Dobinsons for a sausage roll.

poetix poetix 10:36 pm 20 Apr 13

bigred said :

For sure Astrojax, I am also mightily chuffed. Next topic should be best hot chocolate I reckon.

I like this thread. Harmless and interesting, though strangely passionate.

So firstly, I would like to note that the quiches at the Braidwood bakery are still nice. Very salty but nice. I had one recently.

And secondly, that chilli hot chocolate is a treat I have allowed myself twice in about 10 months, and the first time I nearly started crying at how good it was. That first was in Sydney in Glebe Point Road, and I left a poetry thing early for it after it had been whispering to me all day. The second was more recently at Cocoa Black, and it was good, but it did not make me cry. Am I asking too much of a hot beverage? How pleasurable should hot chocolate be? Does absence really make the taste buds grow more sensitive?

Maybe it’s just me; I’ve been thinking about pickled onions and chips all day.

bigred bigred 5:44 pm 20 Apr 13

For sure Astrojax, I am also mightily chuffed. Next topic should be best hot chocolate I reckon.

astrojax astrojax 11:16 am 20 Apr 13

poetix said :

bigred said :

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

i’m right chuffed a fellow rioter remembers the blue lagoon – i still feel the devastation when i recall the day i discovered ‘new management’.

and yes, only vinegar on chips, preferably balsamic. ‘matoe sauce? no! pickled onions? very yes!

Instant Mash Instant Mash 10:09 pm 19 Apr 13

Asian Delights bakery in Charnwood do pretty good pies and sausage rolls. Their curry pies are one of the best I’ve had.

bigred bigred 9:46 pm 19 Apr 13

KB1971, the user name comes from the size and colour of my preferred motorbike. Tomato sauce should be injected into a pie from one of those big bottles until it oozes out. I do not like the move to little measured doses.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:08 pm 19 Apr 13

Hard to choose if I like tomato sauce or vinegar better. Both are incredible.

RE: Mexican food, we use guac, which has some sour cream in it, but is perfect.

KB1971 KB1971 8:29 pm 19 Apr 13

poetix said :

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

The best chips we used to get when we were kids was from the Pambula milk bar. Malcom used to give us $1 worth drenched in vinegar with a little salt wrapped in paper. We then used to then rip the end out of the paper so the chips would not get cold.

The chips would be all soft & steamy & oh so tasty in their vinigary goodness………god I miss them.

KB1971 KB1971 8:23 pm 19 Apr 13

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

what sort did you have? i find their offerings a little hit and miss, and their sausage rolls’ pastry too flaky.

have had some nice fare there, though. i do like their chocolate and macadamia tarts. mmmm.

The Shepherds/potato pie. Ended up with a bit of gristle/artery stuck between my teeth & the potato tasted like Deb (not saying it was Deb but that is what it tasted like). Very underwhelming, shame, I have had some nice stuff from there.

iLazy iLazy 8:15 pm 19 Apr 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

iLazy said :

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

If you want to *cool the flavours*, you probably should not be eating Mexican anything.

Absolutely. The application of sour cream to any Mexican product breaks my heart. As does copious amounts of melted cheddar cheese… *shudder*

poetix poetix 7:10 pm 19 Apr 13

bigred said :

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

I agree so totally with vinegar on chips. Tomato sauce just tastes wrong. (although with your user name, I’m surprised you don’t prefer sauce!) I don’t really miss chips, until I think of vinegar. Reminds me of Melbourne.

But I even liked pickled onions.

bigred bigred 5:48 pm 19 Apr 13

Got to agree with Astrojax in post#6 re the Blue Lagoon bakery for the best ever meat pies. It was one of the winter staple foods for the bus ride home from after school activities. The other was a bag of chips with vinegar from the seafood shop near the bottom bus stop.

Nowadays, I reckon the best meat pies can be found at Pie in the Sky on Sydney’s Northern outskirts.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:11 pm 19 Apr 13

iLazy said :

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

If you want to *cool the flavours*, you probably should not be eating Mexican anything.

iLazy iLazy 2:51 pm 19 Apr 13

Holden Caulfield said :

gungsuperstar said :

And while I’m on a roll – Dobinsons. Why do public servants rate their sausage rolls so much? The after burps are horrific.

I’m not a public servant, so hopefully I won’t be dismissed, but, how could I forget, the Mexican pie from Dobinsons is the best pie in Canberra!

Couldn’t disagree more – the Mexican pie from Dobinsons had me gagging and retching after one bite (I did actually start retching)… why would you put sour cream inside a pie before cooking it? The whole point of sour cream on Mexican food (a theory I don’t personally subscribe to as I hate the stuff) is that it cools the hot flavours… how can it cool anything when it is this curdled and unspeakably foul muck ruining my pie?

I am a Mexican pie devotee, I’ll order one in any bakery I enter that has them, have eaten them all over the country and I can say with authoirty the Dobinsons one was one of the filthiest things I have tasted and it went straight in the bin.

For those fellow Mexican pie lovers – Tura Beach bakery – sublime. But they sell out early.

Ghettosmurf87 Ghettosmurf87 2:51 pm 19 Apr 13

I had a lemon tart from Dobinson’s yesterday arvo which really hit the spot. Reasonably priced sweets there. Been years since I’ve had a pie or sandwich from there though. That’s due to not going past it much more than anything.

astrojax astrojax 1:35 pm 19 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

what sort did you have? i find their offerings a little hit and miss, and their sausage rolls’ pastry too flaky.

have had some nice fare there, though. i do like their chocolate and macadamia tarts. mmmm.

Joy Joy 1:23 pm 19 Apr 13

Our family just lunched on Curtin Sausage rolls. We love them. Second only to those from Kingston Bakery.

KB1971 KB1971 12:56 pm 19 Apr 13

I just had a Dobinsons pie………………I want my $4:50 back…… 🙁

astrojax astrojax 7:22 am 29 Mar 13

poetix said :

astrojax said :

i happened past whisk, formerly urambi hills bakery, in phillip [or is it philip?] this morning and had a sausage roll. nothing to write home about (clearly, i do not live at the riotact). pies looked ok, but on the expensive side and smallish…

Keep this up and you will win the Mully, for services to sausage rolls.

i have long coveted the mully, 😉 so i can report that the curtin shops bakery has disappointing sausage rolls and an average cheese and bacon pie. i’m still looking for excellence in sausage rolls. the bakery at fyshwick markets – grain and something? – does a mean one. am so rarely that side of town at sausage roll time…

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