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Best of Canberra – Bakery

By Alexandra Craig - 22 September 2015 41

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We’ve previously brought you Canberra’s best vanilla slice, hot cross buns, cupcakes, meat pies, donuts, pastries and cakes. Now it’s time to combine these categories into one: Canberra’s best bakery.

We’re looking for a bakery that not only has top notch baked goods (we’ll judge a few different products at each bakery), but also has great customer service and an easy to navigate layout.

I don’t often visit bakeries, but when I do I’m instantly reminded of my childhood when a new baker opened up down the road from my house. Those finger buns smothered with copious amounts of icing, and the pink cupcakes with m&m eyes and chocolate smiles were the best!

Whether it’s the freshly baked and still-warm bread, the flaky pastries, the melt in your mouth biscuits, or simply the happy faces behind the counter that greet you on each visit – I want to hear about it!

To vote for your favourite bakery, nominate them in the comments below. I’ll visit the two most popular choices and deliver the verdict in next Monday’s taste off (or should it be bake off?!)

What’s Your opinion?


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Best of Canberra – Bakery
rubaiyat 3:26 pm 22 Sep 15

Rollersk8r said :

Autolyse is very good – but – it’s super expensive. And it’s extremely frustrating when you just want 1 thing and the 10 people in front of you are have the longest and most complicated coffee orders in history.

Dobinsons is still right up there in the value for money stakes. Although I do feel a bit sorry for them. They’re very late on the bandwagon with everything being salted caramel and/or nutella. They’ve got a massive range and still do a roaring trade – but lucky their sweet stuff is never that good, or I’d be the size of a house.

Autolyse is fairly priced for their product. Sourdough is a two day process.

If you go to Sydney or Melbourne you do not necessarily get better bread, in fact I think our bakeries are a notch up, and you pay anything from a dollar or two more for specialty loaves in the big cities.

Don’t measure well baked bread by what you pay for the industrial versions.

As with everything eat less, enjoy more!

You can’t taste “Lotsa”.

jennybel75 2:13 pm 22 Sep 15

Dojo Bakery in Braidwood by far. They’re only small but the quality is top notch. In particular their lamb and fenugreek pie and rum glazed fruit bread.

Rollersk8r 1:40 pm 22 Sep 15

Autolyse is very good – but – it’s super expensive. And it’s extremely frustrating when you just want 1 thing and the 10 people in front of you are have the longest and most complicated coffee orders in history.

Dobinsons is still right up there in the value for money stakes. Although I do feel a bit sorry for them. They’re very late on the bandwagon with everything being salted caramel and/or nutella. They’ve got a massive range and still do a roaring trade – but lucky their sweet stuff is never that good, or I’d be the size of a house.

BombaySapphire 1:03 pm 22 Sep 15

Three votes – Autolyse, Flute and Bread Nerds at the Epic Markets.

First runner up – the guys at the Epic markets who sell Cupacumbalong eggs – they make awesome pies and breads and pastries. But I’m not sure if market stalls count as bakeries?

rubaiyat 12:57 pm 22 Sep 15

Isn’t it nice to have a Best of… that actually is!

rubaiyat 12:55 pm 22 Sep 15

Mess said :

+1 for Braidwood Bakery, well worth the drive

Twentyone in New Acton makes really good pies and sausage rolls, but is not technically a bakery.

The best bakery in Canberra for mine was Chisholm Bakery which, as I was shocked to find out on the weekend, has now closed its doors.

Braidwood is doubly blessed there is also Dojo Bread just around the corner.

One of my earliest memories as a child was a family drive down from Sydney to Canberra. We stopped off at Braidwood where we ate hot fresh bread with butter and beautiful ripe cling peaches! Heaven!!

Maya123 12:30 pm 22 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Dame Canberra said :

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Hey Rubaiyat, I don’t agree with all of your opinions, but your bakery recommendations are dead on. I haven’t tried Dom’s in Queanbeyan – now I know where I’m visiting this weekend!

My vote goes to Autolyse, but I also like Erindale Bakery, Flute Bakery, Braidwood Bakery and Nimmitabel Bakery (it’s been a while since I’ve been to Nimmitabel though, so not sure if quality is still as excellent).

What can I say I love my bread and thankfully Canberra has finally risen to the mark after all these years! 🙂

Nimmitabel is only a coffee stop on the road to the coast.

The bakery is not that good, but maybe the prospect of getting out of the car and having a pie, makes it seem that it is better than it really is. Certainly no crust on their bread and the pastries are mostly doughy and soft, which they compound by zapping it in Chef Mike as the day drags on.

I stopped for coffee and something to eat in Nimmitabel recently. The pastry I had was pretty ordinary. The staff were polite, but nothing more. The bakery had no particularly welcoming vibe. I think it has changed hands in the last couple of years.

Mess 12:18 pm 22 Sep 15

+1 for Braidwood Bakery, well worth the drive

Twentyone in New Acton makes really good pies and sausage rolls, but is not technically a bakery.

The best bakery in Canberra for mine was Chisholm Bakery which, as I was shocked to find out on the weekend, has now closed its doors.

rubaiyat 11:48 am 22 Sep 15

Nilrem said :

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Dom’s Italian bread is delicious and good value. Can you visit the bakery?

Not really it is out in Whoop Whoop back of Queanbeyan. I get their bread at either Woden fruit & Veg or the Manuka Milk Bar, although there are plenty of other outlets. They genuinely seem to be using wood to bake, unlike others who use gas but say they use wood.

Nilrem 11:13 am 22 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Dom’s Italian bread is delicious and good value. Can you visit the bakery?

Nilrem 11:10 am 22 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

I buy Dom’s Italian bread from the local IGA two or three times a week. Delicious and good value.

rubaiyat 9:56 am 22 Sep 15

Dame Canberra said :

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Hey Rubaiyat, I don’t agree with all of your opinions, but your bakery recommendations are dead on. I haven’t tried Dom’s in Queanbeyan – now I know where I’m visiting this weekend!

My vote goes to Autolyse, but I also like Erindale Bakery, Flute Bakery, Braidwood Bakery and Nimmitabel Bakery (it’s been a while since I’ve been to Nimmitabel though, so not sure if quality is still as excellent).

What can I say I love my bread and thankfully Canberra has finally risen to the mark after all these years! 🙂

Nimmitabel is only a coffee stop on the road to the coast.

The bakery is not that good, but maybe the prospect of getting out of the car and having a pie, makes it seem that it is better than it really is. Certainly no crust on their bread and the pastries are mostly doughy and soft, which they compound by zapping it in Chef Mike as the day drags on.

Dame Canberra 9:38 am 22 Sep 15

rubaiyat said :

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Hey Rubaiyat, I don’t agree with all of your opinions, but your bakery recommendations are dead on. I haven’t tried Dom’s in Queanbeyan – now I know where I’m visiting this weekend!

My vote goes to Autolyse, but I also like Erindale Bakery, Flute Bakery, Braidwood Bakery and Nimmitabel Bakery (it’s been a while since I’ve been to Nimmitabel though, so not sure if quality is still as excellent).

rubaiyat 9:30 am 22 Sep 15

Definitely Autolyse. Sorry to hear their Sydney venture didn’t make it.

Ricetta in Manuka does seriously good bread as well as Pizza. Their pastries can be good as well but their range has shrunk lately.

A.A. Baker is let down by their coffee.

Flute in Fyshwick.

Danny’s in Narrabundah.

Dom’s in Queenbeyan.

Don’t know if Silo is safe, haven’t been back since they were closed down.

Kerryhemsley 9:14 am 22 Sep 15

Autolyse for me. Silo is also very good but the service is inconsistent and hours less convenient.

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