Looking for the best bread to make your Sunday morning avocado on toast? Or maybe a fancy pie? Here are the best spots to find what you need. We haven’t discriminated between bakeries that specialise in one thing or another, and those that do nearly everything. If you’re after something specific, check out the other guides below.

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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

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

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

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

Ned’s Bake

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This is much more than a bakery. Sure, the bread's great and so are the sweets. But what you really want to do is stay here for a meal. The brunch menu – whose past dishes have included mascarpone pancakes and chicken-liver pâté on brioche – is just too good not to try.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Bakemono

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This Japanese-inspired bakery is from the team behind Little Rogue just across the street. It's selling whole loaves of shokupan (fluffy milk bread), flaky almond-yuzu croissants, Danishes piled high with berries, and soft buns filled with cream cheese, then doused in garlic butter.

273 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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

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

Casa Nata

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At this dedicated house of Portuguese tarts, watch your “pastéis de nata” be made, then eat them fresh from the oven – flaky, silky and with a touch of cinnamon.

847 High Street, Thornbury

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

The Wood Frog Bakery

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Bagels and bread are just the beginning.

108 Barkly Street, St Kilda

All Are Welcome Thornbury

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This is an expansion for one of Melbourne's most popular bakeries – tasked with alleviating the huge demand that the Northcote original generates. Come here for sourdough loaves; pork and fennel sausage rolls' and cheese-and-oregano pastries.

887 High Street, Thornbury

Rustica South Yarra

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This is the new flagship for the beloved bakery chain. It's the biggest one yet, too. Get Vegemite-bechamel pastries for breakfast and sourdough cacio e pepe pizza later on (Bloody Marys, however, are available all day long).

501 Chapel Street, South Yarra

Kylie’s Slow Dough

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Sourdough made with patience.

649 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

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

Faraday’s Cage

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Sourdough and croissants baked in an old recording studio.

325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

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

Lune Croissanterie

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Wait-in-line-worthy pastries, cruffins and twice-baked croissants are served fresh out of the oven in this converted Fitzroy warehouse.

119 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Austro

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An Austrian-inspired bakery serving pretzels, sachertorte and shakshuka croissants.

147-149A Cecil Street, South Melbourne

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

Chez Dré Patisserie Boulangerie

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French-inspired all-day breakfast in South Melbourne.

Rear of 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne
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Candied Bakery

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An Aussie bakery with a sweet American twist on the west side.

81a Hudsons Road, Spotswood

Impasto Forno Antico

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Traditional Italian loaves are the highlight at this father and son run bakery.

157 Military Road, Avondale Heights

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

Sourdough Kitchen

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

172 Victoria Street, Seddon

Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie

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A little slice of Paris in downtown Essendon.

19 Keilor Road, North Essendon

Oasis Bakery

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A family-run Middle Eastern bakery in the suburbs.

9/993 North Road, Murrumbeena

Knead Bakers

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

396 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Babka

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A Fitzroy baking institution with Eastern European influences.

358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Cavallini

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A European-style bakery-cafe in Clifton Hill with artisan bread and pastries. If you can prise your eyes away from the colourful macarons, we recommend going for one of the croissants or fresh sandwiches.

354 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

The French Lettuce

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Find an enchanting display of cakes at this Carlton patisserie. The vanilla slice here was once voted best in Melbourne – and it's still a cracker, years on.

237 Nicholson St, Carlton

A1 Bakery

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An affordable Middle-Eastern bakery, cafe and grocer.

643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Mankoushé

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A small Lebanese bakery with a local home delivery service.

325 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Choukette

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A patisserie for Francophiles.

318 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Sugardough Panificio and Patisserie

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Rustic loaves and sweet treats in the heart of Brunswick East.

163 Lygon Street , Brunswick East

Phillippa's

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A bakery/cafe for breads, pastries and provisions, jams, chutneys and smallgoods.

1030 High Street, Armadale

To Be Frank

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Sit on a milk crate and enjoy caramel-filled Argentinian pastries, updated escargot and slow-fermented bread.

1 4 Bedford Street, Collingwood

Crumbs Organic Bakehouse

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A quaint bakery that takes you back to a nineteen-fifties kitchen.

169 Rankins Road, Kensington

Mister Nice Guy's BakeShop

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The go-to for vegan and gluten-free treats.

151 Union Road, Ascot Vale

4me Gluten Free

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This tiny bakery in Elsternwick churns out a colourful array of coeliac-friendly cakes and treats – plus bagels, babka and challah. Need an egg-free, gluten-free celebration cake? A fodmap-friendly focaccia? A vegan brownie cake? Baker Yinon Hacham has you covered.

439A Kooyong Road, Elsternwick

Convent Bakery

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An artisan bakery cafe at the Abbotsford Convent.

1 Saint Helliers Street, Abbotsford

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

Bread Club Albert Park

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The bakery's southside location is near-identical to the light-filled North Melbourne original. Go for $10 stracciatella-filled sandwiches, eggplant parmigiana-style pies and pepperoni pizza on weekends. Plus, chocolatey hot cross buns and hefty cardamom scrolls.

65 Cardigan Place, Albert Park
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