North Melbourne loves Bread Club. The mint-green bakery opened on Queensberry Street early last year, just before Covid hit, and it’s still pulling a crowd. But owners and French bakers Tim Beylie and Brice Antier have just crossed the river to open a second location in Albert Park.

“What we wanted was another community vibe, great local neighbours and somewhere that some of our customers who were travelling a bit further could have the option of visiting – a bit of spread and convenience,” Beylie tells Broadsheet.

Before Bread Club, the pair worked at some of Melbourne’s best bakeries – Beylie at Woodfrog and Vue de Monde, Antier at Baker D Chirico. And now they’re doing great things out on their own.

The new south-side spot on Cardigan Place serves all the usual Bread Club suspects. That means flaky plain and almond croissants, fruit-adorned danishes and hefty cardamom scrolls, plus hot cross buns (including a chocolatey version) for Easter. Also find family-sized sourdough loaves; pies with rotating fillings such as eggplant in Napoli sauce with ricotta; spinach-and-ricotta rolls; and $10 Simple Sandwiches (think mushroom, stracciatella and onions pickled in-house; and mortadella with house-made giardiniera, or Italian pickled vegetables.)

But those who know Bread Club probably know about its killer weekend specials. Expect pepperoni pizza and a vego alternative perhaps topped with zucchini, feta and garlic; and fougasse (French-style focaccia) that might be herb and garlic, or bacon, jalapeno and rosemary – it depends what Beylie and Antier can get from their suppliers and feel like making on the day.

The light and bright space, with the word “Bonjour” tiled at the entrance, has an almost identical fit-out to the North Melbourne location. It’s splashed with that signature mint green, and a matching La Marzocco coffee machine that almost outshines the cabinet full of breads and pastries on a hulking green quartzite benchtop. Espresso comes from Coburg North’s Inglewood Coffee.

Looking to the future, the guys plan to create a pet-friendly outdoor seating area with a takeaway cart for those who want to carb up on the go.

Bread Club Albert Park
65 Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Hours:
Mon to Fri 8am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3pm

breadclub.com.au