Agnes Bakery is now taking pre-orders for Christmas. Send the team an email and get your kouign-amanns, focaccias and croissants and more in time for the big day. 72 hours notice and a $50 minimum spend is required.

At the height of Brisbane’s lockdown, Agnes in flipped into a woodfire bakery punching out sourdough and stellar pastries. The pop-up proved so successful that the team took on a permanent location in 2021 on the corner of James and Harcourt streets in Fortitude Valley.

An old Queenslander corner shop has been given a smart coat of white paint on the outside, and a brick floor inside. Otherwise, it’s a marble counter, a coffee window on the Harcourt Street side, some movable timber bakery shelves, and that’s pretty much it.

The simple treatment means that outside your attention is drawn to the lines of doughnuts, pastries and sweets that fill the window. Inside, an enormous four-tonne, locally made Beech oven bakes 24 loaves of bread at a time. The oven’s design was overseen by Agnes' Ben Williamson, who wanted something that could switch from baking breads overnight to pastries in the morning.

Expect various types of sourdough (seeded, malted, smoked potato, fruit loaf and gluten-free), Basque burnt cheesecake, rotating kouign-amann, a range of danishes (including a savoury number with toum and potato), breakfast rolls (a smoked potato bun with bacon, egg and German relish), chocolate tarts, and cinnamon and jam doughnuts (plus a rotating special doughnut).

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Updated: December 13th, 2023

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