It’s hard to imagine that the heritage-listed building which houses The Baker’s Arms was once an ice factory. Gone are the rumbling of diesel engines, the cold drip of water down brick walls, and the grating squeak of ice chafing along the concrete floor.

They’ve been replaced with the gush of steam from the La Marzocco espresso machine, the frenetic bustle of the huge pastry kitchen, and the contented chatter of Gabba locals enjoying a Campos coffee and croissant. The relaxed ambience and historic air of this cafe is just the thing after a morning spent perusing the many antique and vintage stores nearby.

The pastry kitchen at the back of the venue is easy to miss, drawn as your eye is to the rough brick walls, the kooky old-English wallpaper, and the empty hessian coffee bags lining the cafe. But once you do notice it, you start to get an idea of what this place is all about: slabs of honeycomb cheesecake, croissant pudding with butterscotch sauce, caramel spelt crumble bars, and other more traditional patisserie.

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Updated: June 6th, 2018

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