Every good road trip should include a stop for coffee and/or baked goods. And Brisbane is surrounded by plenty of worthy candidates. Whether you’re hitting the coast or heading inland, we’ve rounded up the best bakeries along the way. We’ve got one baking mojito croissants; another making pork, pistachio and apple sausage rolls; and lots and lots brewing good coffee.
Yatala Pie Shop
Stopping here en-route to the Gold Coast is a widespread tradition. It’s such an iconic establishment, it even picked up the attention of the New York Times last year. Use the drive-through if you’re in a hurry, or park the car and head inside to see crowds of people tucking into a range of pies, including steak, bacon and cheese; chicken and mushroom; and curry steak. Also on the cards: sausage rolls, a spinach and feta triangle, and hot chips (level-up with chicken salt). Sweets include apple pies, custard tarts and classic jam doughnuts.
Trying to nab a seat at this Miami hotspot can be tricky. But those who do are rewarded with all sorts of wood-fired baked goods. The pork, pistachio and apple sausage roll alone is worth the effort. Ditto the steak, bacon and cheese pie with house-made ketchup. There are also decadent sweets such as crème brûlée doughnuts; twice-baked almond croissants; and strawberry and white chocolate muffins. Two more ticks for the Single O coffee and all-day breakfast and lunch menu.
Bam Bam Bakehouse
If you’re after something sweet, head straight to Bam Bam. Owned by the same duo behind Paddock Bakery, it’s similarly busy. Get here early as the best stuff sells out fast. Popular items include gin and tonic choux bombs; carrot cake cruffins; and the Matt Preston-approved, twice-baked Snickers croissants. Besides sweets, there’s an all-day menu featuring shakshuka, sweet corn fritters and a steak sanga.
If you’ve never smashed down a meat pie by the beach, here’s your chance. Hit up Burleigh Baker after a morning session at Burleigh Heads Beach. The pie fillings change regularly, but expect combos such as chicken and pesto, or slow-cooked pepper steak, mushroom and potato. The breakfast menu includes tartines, rolls, sweet treats and some of the best bread going around.
Rick’s Artisan Pies & Sourdough
Angus beef and béarnaise sauce. Spicy “gunpowder” lamb with pineapple salsa. These creative (and delicious) pie fillings are one a few reasons the Noosa bakery is adored by tourists and locals alike. Rick’s also serves Allpress coffee, a range of creative sweets (mojito croissant, anyone?) and house-baked bread.
140–142 Eumundi Noosa Road, Noosaville
(07) 5447 1743
Mon to Fri 5.30am–5.30pm
Maple 3 Cafe
This bakery’s owner, Mark Hutchinson, has been a chef for 42 years – 22 of them at Maple 3 – and you can taste this wealth of experience in his pies. For his minced and diced Killarney beef pie, he makes a rich demi-glace from tomatoes, beef bones and vegetable stock and the pastry itself is perfectly flaky and buttery. It’s textbook stuff. This iconic establishment is a must-visit if you’re in the area.
3 Maple Street, Maleny
(07) 5499 9177
Wed to Sun 7am–4pm
Kenilworth Country Bakery
Reckon you can tackle a one-kilogram doughnut? The Kenilworth Country Bakery, located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, makes these monsters and fills them with jam, custard, Nutella and bee sting (a classic German combo of pastry cream, honey and almonds). Finish the $20 challenge and you’ll get your money back, plus a signed, personalised plate on the wall of fame. Crass? A little. But fun? Absolutely. The bakery also serves pies, wraps and sandwiches.
The Baker’s Duck
When it first opened, this bakery operated out of shed and only opened on Saturdays for six hours. People would line up and wait for their weekly croissants and breads. But last year The Baker’s Duck joined forces with Ground Up Espresso and moved to a new location, opening five days a week. This means more opportunity to grab twice-baked lemon meringue croissants, sausage rolls, family-size pies and wood-fire breads. It’s well worth the drive from Brisbane.