Sweeten Up Your Life at Canberra’s Best Bakeries

If you’re anything like us, pastry has the fascinating effect of turning your stomach into a bottomless pit. After all, when you’re presented with hot fudge brownies, crumbling tarts and creamy eclairs, there’s only one option – eat all the cakes! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places in Canberra for a sweet treat.

Best Place for Chocolate and Macadamia Tarts

Image credit: Dobinsons Bakery Cafe
Image credit: Dobinsons Bakery Cafe

Dobinson’s Bakery Cafe


Clean, contemporary and full of space to sit down and savour your freshly baked treats, Dobinson’s has served proudly as one of Canberra’s leading bakeries for over two decades and counting. The vibrant displays of cakes, lamingtons, eclairs, slices and pies are enough to melt even the steeliest resolve, but where Dobinson’s shines is with their famous chocolate and macadamia tart. Creamy, crunchy, buttery and full of chocolate, this truly is the jewel in their culinary crown.

“I love Dobinson’s – the breads are great and the little cakes are the perfect indulgence.” – ReneeCh

Best Place for Fruit Flans

Image credit: Whisk Bakery and Patisserie
Image credit: Whisk Bakery and Patisserie

Whisk Bakery and Patisserie


Whether you want a speedy cup of coffee or a big slab of gourmet pie for lunch, the lovely folk at Whisk are more than happy to welcome you in and dazzle your taste buds. The décor is great, the atmosphere relaxed, but what we’re here for are the fruit flans – the very best in Canberra in fact! What’s more, if you need something custom for a special occasion, the team will happily whip it up for you with zero fuss and a great big smile!

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Best Place for Pistachio Cake

Image credit: The Flute Bakery
Image credit: The Flute Bakery

The Flute Bakery


“Facing tomorrow and respectful of yesterday” is the motto here at Flute, which probably gives you some idea of what they’re all about. Traditional values meet modern techniques and innovative baking wizardry, and the result is shelf upon shelf of colourful, beautifully presented delectables. Picking just one of them is a tall order indeed, but the pistachio cake is a definite must try if you’re after something that’s moist, flavoursome, and utterly delectable.

 “I go there several times a week for coffee or for lunches. Always found the staff really friendly and have always enjoyed their food and coffee. Love this place” – silverdaydream

Best Place for Cupcakes

Image credit: Sweet Bones
Image credit: Sweet Bones

Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe


Unquestionably the coolest entry on this list, Sweet Bones is a funky, eclectic little venue awash with dynamic murals, Mexican-esque skulls and various other pleasing quirks of design. It’s not too shabby in the food department either, offering a host of organic, vegan-friendly morsels that show just how delicious animal-friendly baking can be. Try the cupcakes, and you’ll see what we mean! These morsels of scrumptiousness will make you realise that vegan cupcakes are the way of the future!

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Best Place for Crossaints

Image credit: Croissant D'Or
Image credit: Croissant D’Or

Croissant D’Or


You can’t mention croissants in Canberra without giving Croissant D’Or its due. We promise you won’t find better anywhere in the ACT. The selection here is strong, ranging from classic plain to apple, chocolate, raspberry, blueberry (our favourite!) and almond. It’s warm, toasty, buttery, flaky heaven and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

“I bought a selection of macarons and petit fours recently and they came in a really cute box – presented nicely for a gift. The little tarts (which is what they called petit fours) were very nice.” – RW speaks

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