The smell of freshly baked bread makes us do funny things: it steers us off course from our regular route to work, makes us spend money we otherwise would’ve saved and convinces us we need a second breakfast – all before 10am.

Good bread takes patience and a lot of experience, thanks to ever-changing variables such as humidity and temperature. At these spots you're guaranteed a first-rate loaf, baked by people who’ve kneaded thousands and thousands of loaves in their time.

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Baker Bleu

The finest sourdough in Melbourne? Many say you’ll find it here.

119/121 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North

Baker D. Chirico

A solid contender for the title of best bread in Melbourne.

149 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Loafer Bread

A sweet little bakery in North Fitzroy making artisan cakes, biscuits, pastries and loaves of bread.

146 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

Falco Bakery

To drink, there's espresso or filter coffee made using beans roasted in house. Get yours with a slice of carrot and burnt-butter cake, a seasonal fruit Danish (maybe cherry or plum, with a crème anglais or cream cheese filling) or a peanut butter and house-fermented miso cookie.

288 Smith Street, Collingwood

Noisette Port Melbourne

Five generations of baking experience live here.

84 Bay St, Port Melbourne

The Wood Frog Bakery

Bagels and bread are just the beginning.

108 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Bread Club

Two French bakers are making classic sourdough, fruit loaves and three-ingredient baguettes and getting creative with banana-split croissants and blood-orange doughnuts in an airy, mint-green space.

558 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Dench Bakers

It's best known for its organic sourdough, but this bakery offers so much more.

109 Scotchmer Street , Fitzroy North

Firebrand Bakery

Firebrand Bakery in Ripponlea has been baking sourdough breads from an 80-year-old wood-fired oven for over 25 years, in a business based on instinct, trust and a mighty fine loaf.

69 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

Q le Baker

French-born baker Quentin Berthonneau has trained at Vue de Monde and Chez Dre, and wants good bread to be as accessible as good coffee in Melbourne.

Shop 709 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Sourdough Kitchen

A no-frills bakery supplying the good food we know and love.

172 Victoria Street, Seddon

Tivoli Road Bakery

Sourdough, spelt, multigrain, and soy and linseed are among the bready delights at this respected outfit.

3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra

Wild Life Bakery

Sourdough toasties in a gorgeous warehouse conversion.

90 Albert Street, Brunswick East

Ovens Street

This bread and pastry outfit supplies some of the best cafes in Melbourne. Head here if you want to go straight to the source.

19 Ovens Street, Brunswick

Convent Bakery

An artisan bakery cafe at the Abbotsford Convent.

1 Saint Helliers Street, Abbotsford

Knead Bakers

Grab an organic baguette to go, or stay for a full breakfast.

396 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

All Are Welcome

A bakery and coffee shop with some unexpected treats.

190 High St, Northcote

Faraday’s Cage

Sourdough and croissants baked in an old recording studio.

325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Kylie’s Slow Dough

Sourdough made with patience.

649 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North