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

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The finest sourdough in Melbourne? Attica and Cumulus Inc. certainly seem to think so. Baker Mike Russell, who also makes baguettes and bagels, has worked in some of Sydney and Melbourne's most iconic bakeries. And the student may just have become the master.

119/121 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North

Baker D. Chirico

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Daniel Chirico is one of Melbourne's best bakers, and his bread is some of the best in town. But it's his wildly popular cannoli and bombolini that have kept us coming back for all these years. Just be sure to get in early, almost everything here tends to sell out well before close.

178 Faraday Street, Carlton

Loafer Bread

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

146 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

Falco Bakery

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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

The Wood Frog Bakery

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Bagels and bread are just the beginning.

108 Barkly Street, St Kilda

Bread Club

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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

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This bakery has been a Fitzroy North Village since 2005. Its versatility is its greatest strength: the excellent sourdough is bolstered by a line-up that includes plenty of pastries and gluten-free cakes. Don't miss the hot cross buns at Easter-time.

109 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North

Firebrand Bakery

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Firebrand Bakery in Ripponlea has been baking sourdough breads for well over 25 years, in a business based on instinct, trust and a mighty fine loaf.

69 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

Q le Baker

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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

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

172 Victoria Street, Seddon

Tivoli Road Bakery

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

3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra

Wild Life Bakery

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Huw Murdoch's fantastic slow-fermented sourdough loaves are well worth picking up to bring home, but we recommend heading to Wild Life for a meal if you can. Inside this striking converted warehouse, you'll find a mostly vegetarian menu where toasties are the heroes.

90 Albert Street, Brunswick East

Ovens Street

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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

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An artisan bakery cafe at the Abbotsford Convent.

1 Saint Helliers Street, Abbotsford

Knead Bakers

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

396 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

All Are Welcome Northcote

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Boris Portnoy's baked creations are influenced by classic recipes and by his time cheffing in some of the world's restaurants. You might find anything from gianduja babka buns to Czech honey cakes here. Add in coffee by Everyday and some of the best sourdough in town, and it's no wonder it's always so busy.

190 High Street, Northcote

Faraday’s Cage

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Sourdough and croissants baked in an old recording studio.

325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Kylie’s Slow Dough

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Sourdough made with patience.

649 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Zelda Bakery

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A sourdough micro-bakery by loyally followed baker Maaryasha Werdiger. She's pulling crowds with her sourdough loaves, pillowy focaccia, beautifully braided challah and swirly chocolate babka.

54 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea