Bakeries are pretty much the cosiest places in the world, which sounds ideal right about now. There’s just something about the smell of freshly baked bread, rows upon rows of glossy tarts, and the icing sugar that seems to fill the air. We’ve pulled together our five top spots to settle in and chomp into something sweet – enjoy!
Best Place for Croissant
As you can probably gather, croissants are the name of the game here. And what croissants they are, too! The masterful baking team cuts no corners in crafting the softest, flakiest, butteriest treats in town, and their love and dedication to the craft is evident in every bite. Try the traditional Pain au Chocolat for a cherished classic, or the Peanut Butter And Raspberry Jam Cruffin if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.
“If your idea of a good breakfast is an espresso and a buttery croissant, this is the place! The croissants are simply fabulous, buttery and light, the sort you never taste anywhere else. There are savoury choices too but best to come early as it sells out fast!” – starwoman8
Best Place for Danishes
Cakes and bagels aside, Aviv is also famous for its sumptuous, traditionally prepared European pastries. Pastries don’t get much more traditional or European than the classic Danish, and Danishes don’t get much more sumptuous than the ones found here. From the Coffee Scroll to the Almond Horseshoe to the Sour Cherry and Custard, there’s a Danish here to match every individual palate.
“Go there weekly, consistently great cakes, fairly priced and lovely staff front of shop.” – obur obur
Best Place for Brownies
No-allergy baking is the theme at Mister Nice Guy’s, where everything is free of eggs, dairy, lactose, cochineal and gelatine (with many soy, gluten, wheat and corn-free options). That might seem limiting to us, but Lucas and Deb laugh in the face of limits! Their beautiful creations put many more orthodox bakeries to shame, and the Double Chocolate Walnut Brownie is all the proof you need that desserts don’t need eggs or dairy to be completely and utterly delicious.
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Best Place for Macarons
A La Folie may face some stiff competition, but true connoisseurs of colourful, almond-based pastries will tell you that its macarons won’t ever be topped. Whether you’re craving blueberry, ice mint, Guanaja orange, salted caramel or even champagne flavour, you’ll find nothing but happiness and the most delicately refined flavours here.
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Best Place for Extravagant Desserts
When Darren Purchese burst onto the scene, dessert didn’t know what hit it. Burch & Purchese is legendary for its flamboyant, vividly colourful and genuinely amazing concoctions, fusing art, sweets and science to delectable effect. Honestly, it’s impossible to recommend any one thing here. You simply have to experience the place for yourself!
“A true mastermind of the sweet palate. Darren Purchese’s dessert bar takes you on a tastebud journey. I had the caramel tart AND the lemon tart and I must say I could not choose a favourite between the two. BOTH WERE SOO GOOD. You can also sample what’s on the counter to inspire your taste buds.” – Alwaysroomfordessert