The Best Bakeries in Adelaide

Updated 7 months ago

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Supermarket bread is fine when you're in a pinch. But there are dozens of places in Adelaide making quality sourdough and other varieties from scratch. These are our favourites, plus French and Italian patisseries, pie and cake shops, vegan specialists and other places where early mornings and hot ovens are a way of life.

  • Banana Boogie has more awards than you can shake a sausage roll at. And if sausage rolls are your thing, you’re in luck – the one here was crowned Australia’s best. This funky yellow destination is no slouch in the pie, pasty and vanilla slice departments, either.

  • Prove has been supplying the city’s best cafes since it launched a few years back. Now it’s selling a luminous line-up of baked goods – including baklava scrolls, olive and rosemary fougasse and golden croissants – at this dedicated bakery in the eastern suburbs.

  • A former Magill Estate pastry chef is behind this tiny artisan bakery inside Plant 4. It’s a one-stop-shop for slow-fermented sourdough, filled baguettes, and viennoiserie ranging from croissants to creme brulee doughnuts.

  • The Uraidla Hotel’s retro-tinged cafe and bakery is right up there with excellent reasons to visit the Hills. Reconsider the a pub meal in favour of thick-cut sandwiches, pies and sausage rolls, plus tea and coffee served in vintage crockery.

  • Travelling coffee van and plant-based eatery Later Gator now has a permanent base in College Park. Set within a beautiful old corner store, it's serving vegan and mostly gluten-free treats including cookies, brownies and cakes. Also, loaded toasties and bagels, plus brews by Coffee in Common.

  • Hit the road to this former country schoolhouse and country church – inside you'll find beautiful pastries and breads worth travelling for. There's also a retail section stocked with vintage clothes, jams and preserves, homewares and more.

  • This outstanding vegan bakery sadly announced it would be closing at the end of the year – but there’s still time to try its cheeseburger pies, decadent dairy-free shakes, and cannoli-esque doughnuts piped with custard cream.

  • Old-world European breads and bakery-driven menu of pies, pasties and salads. There’s also a retail section stocked with family-sized pies, lasagnes and pantry items to take home for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

  • Pastries from Italy and beyond, made fresh every morning. The sfogliatelle – a strudel-like Italian number – is unmissable, equal only to the house croissant. Now with locations in Malvern, Croydon and UniSA.

  • At this sleek patisserie by a fine-dining pastry chef, you'll find treats such as miso cookies and seasonal fruit danishes lining the terrazzo counter. On the savoury side, it might be three-cheese toasties and sangas.

  • Since the 1850s, Perryman’s has been part of the fabric of North Adelaide. It retains much of its original corner store charm, as well as the standard of its classic German sweets and award-winning pies.

  • It’s best known for its fig-and-fennel loaves and other savouries, but this Central Market bakery is also a top choice for sweets.

  • One of South Australia’s longest running bakeries. Established in 1870, the heritage façade, painted pressed-tin accents radiate old-fashioned charm. Expect sweet and savoury pastries hinging on modern French and Australian flavours.

  • What began as a single-oven stall in Hahndorf in the ’80s is now a pretzel (or brezel) powerhouse, with a small, neat shopfront belying the incredible amount of pretzels, loaves and Danish pastries being baked each week.

  • An artisan French bakery specialising in croissants and traditional sourdough breads, and a long-time proponent of hybrid pastries such as the cruffin and the bronut. Now with a second location in North Adelaide.

  • This classic country bakery has a second location at McLaren Flat, but its beating heart remains the Aldinga flagship, inside a heritage former general store. The sourdough and pie-of-the-month are bestsellers, and all dietaries are catered for.

  • St Peters' chocolate doughnuts will satisfy any sweet craving – unless you’d prefer an old-fashioned finger bun instead. Grab a table on the verandah overlooking tree-lined Seventh Avenue. Now with spin-offs in Thebarton and Ridgehaven.

  • Secluded inside Central Market Plaza, this tiny snack stop is less of a secret these days. Come here for hot, glistening Asian buns filled with sweet, savoury and spicy options.

  • This locally minded bakery is helmed by a classically trained chef who’s turning out award-winning lamb shank pies, twice-baked almond croissants and Oreo sponge celebration cakes.

  • Named after the 1989 musical film, this north Adelaide favourite is go-to for classic pastries, pies, doughnuts and gourmet sandwiches.

  • This institutional Adelaide bakery champions the classics: hearty beef pies, nostalgic chocolate doughnuts and a vanilla slice that’s regularly earns top marks at the Royal Adelaide Show. Available at 11 locations across the city.