With Easter quickly coming up, hot cross buns are flying off the shelves again. Whether it be the traditional fruit or chocolate varieties – or anything in between - Melbourne’s bakery and pastry community has a lot to offer. Here is a quick guide to just a few local options to fill up on this Easter season.
This Brunswick based pastry specialist is renowned for their traditional French pastries. Although they offer an array of options - most people go to Choukette for the pastries. Beginning with its chocolate croissants and croissant escargot, there is more than enough to fill you up. The most satisfying of all, Choukette is renowned for its hot cross buns. As a specialist in French cuisine, they of course fit the bill as the hot cross bun is a staple of European Easter celebrations. You’ll have to head down to Brunswick’s Choukette to find out for yourself.
Q le Baker
This artisan bakery offers a wide selection of baked goods. The best of all - their fruit hot cross buns have organic fruit from Murray View Organics. If you’re looking for something a little different, Q le Baker offer traditional hot cross buns infused with the flavouring of their own housemade ginger beer. Another twist on the traditional hot cross bun, you can try Lemon Myrtle glaze buns. It is located within the Prahran Market – which is a haven for delicious local food already and so Q le Baker may only be the beginning of an excellent trip this Easter. All hot cross buns offered here are $3.50 – or if you’re with the family, $18 for half a dozen.
Tivoli Road Bakery
If you have a sweet tooth, the Tivoli Road Bakery is your best bet as it specialises in sugary baked goods. This café is a staple of the South Yarra food market. For $4 each, you can get your hands on the warmest, fluffiest hot cross buns in town. After all, they are well renowned for their hot cross buns in particular. Both ‘Timeout’ and ‘Melbourne Breakfast Diary’ have listed the Tivoli Road Bakery as offering some of the highest quality buns you can find. Very close to the Yarra, the bakery is in a prime location so you won’t have to go too far out of your way for a great day in the city.
St Kilda Esplanade Market
St Kilda is a hotspot for famous Melbourne bakeries. Renowned for high quality, the St Kilda Esplanade Market and its surrounding areas are home to a haven of tasty baked goods. In the market you will find the Wood Frog Bakery with its sourdough buns being the self-proclaimed “best hot cross buns in Melbourne”. St Kilda also hosts Baker D Chirico where you are met with an Italian twist on traditional hot cross buns. What better way to spend Easter than heading out to the St Kilda pier with a warm batch of hot cross buns?
Each of these local bakeries offer some of the very best Hot Cross Buns you can find in and around the city. If you’re looking to indulge in some delicious pastries, Melbourne can offer it in every corner you look. The bakery scene is home to many institutions of Melbourne culture – get involved this Easter.