Don't settle for supermarket bread. There are dozens of places in Sydney making quality sourdough and other varieties from scratch. Here's a list of our favourites, plus French and Italian patisseries, pie and cake shops, Portuguese tart specialists and other places where early mornings and hot ovens are a way of life.

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Brickfields

Cafe

The spot for bread, sweets and Mecca coffee.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Iggy’s Bread of the World

Shop

Here, they bake from the heart.

145d Macpherson Street, Bronte

Flour and Stone Annexe

Cafe

Classics and inventive creations, in equal measures.

43 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Flour and Stone Salon

Cafe

A tiny but delightful bakery.

53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Cherry Moon

Cafe

Bread straight out of the massive oven.

77 Nelson Street, Annandale

Sonoma Bakery

Cafe

The sourdough has become the choice of many cafes, delis and providores across Sydney.

215a Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Baked by Keiran

Cafe

A tiny bakery with decade-old recipes and 72-hour sourdough.

455 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

Berkelo

Cafe

So purist, it doesn't have a toaster on site.

8 William Street, Brookvale

Madame & Yves

Cafe

The pastry chef here has cooked for the Obamas and the Clintons, in the kitchens of Est and Kisume, and won multiple awards at the World Pastry Cup.

343-345 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

Bourke Street Bakery

Cafe

12 locations and counting.

633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Staple Bread & Necessities

Shop

A tiny bakery selling one of Sydney’s best sourdoughs.

Shop 1 20-28 Montauban Avenue, Seaforth

The Grumpy Baker

Cafe

More than 10 types of bread, all baked without preservatives or additives.

Shop 6 767 Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

Rollers Bakehouse

Cafe

No-rules croissants made with charcoal-dyed dough. Past fillings have included salmon, ginger and wasabi.

19 Rialto Lane, Manly

Wholegreen Bakery

Shop

People with coeliac disease and those who have to avoid gluten, rejoice. You can get it all here: gourmet pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, pasta, loaves, chocolate eclairs and croissants.

257 Clarence Street, Sydney

Mina Bakery

Restaurant

Traditional Lebanese pizza – for breakfast.

32 South Street, Granville

Wild Cockatoo Bakery

Shop

All about that sourdough.

30 Botany Road, Alexandria

Brasserie Bread Cafe

Cafe

Doing its thing since 1982.

1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow

Humble Bakery

Cafe

A bakery from the Bodega team. Visit for baked-bean toasties, jam doughnuts, sausage rolls and quince danishes – with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on the side.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Tuga Pastries

Shop

This tiny, counter-only Clovelly bakery specialises in handmade Portuguese tarts.

6/231 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

Infinity Bakery

Shop

An exacting sourdough bakery with a cult following.

The Cook and Baker

Cafe

Packed with scones and other old-timey classics.

238 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Breadfern

Cafe

A wide variety of freshly baked bread, plus pies and pastries.

308 Chalmers Street, Redfern

François Artisan Baker

Shop

Perfect pies from the man behind Dinky Di.

91 Bondi Road, Bondi

Pasticceria Tamborrino

Cafe

Classic Italian pastries people travel from all over the west for.

73-75 Great North Road, Five Dock

Organic Bread Bar

Cafe

Breakfast and lunch from the much-loved bakery.

356 South Dowling Street, Paddington

Choco Cannelle

Shop

This patisserie owner trained at London’s Le Gavroche and Palace George V in Paris.

Shop 1 2 Callaghan Street, Ryde

Sweet Belem

Shop

A strong contender for the title of Sydney’s finest Portuguese tarts.

35 B New Canterbury Road, Petersham

Oregano Bakery

Cafe

Out of adversity, grew a scroll empire.

56 Connells Point Road, South Hurstville

Berkelo Manly

Cafe

This is one of the only bakeries in the state with an in-house stone mill, which means it can buy wheat direct from farmers. Its loaves contain no artificial additives and are left to naturally leaven, spending at least 18 hours cold fermenting.

18A Whistler Street, Manly

Black Star Pastry Newtown

Shop

Famed for its cakes and slices.

Shop 1 325 King Street, Newtown

Shuk Bakery

Shop

Israeli-style cakes, bourekas and sausage rolls to go.

40 Mitchell Street, North Bondi

Goose Bakery Cafe

Cafe

Kids will love the adorable animal shortbreads.

38 Ross Street, Forest Lodge

Stone Ground Bakery

Cafe

Neat, compact and sells out quick.

Shop 7 52-56 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill

Pioik Bakery

Cafe

Where else would you go for a two-kilogram loaf of bread?

176-178 Harris Street, Pyrmont

Staple Bread & Necessities Manly

Cafe

Come to this hole-in-the-wall Manly bakery for sourdough loaves and wholewheat pastries. Once you've grabbed your goods, order a coffee and stroll over to enjoy it by the beach. If you're down to try baking your own bread, Staple's hand-ground flour is available here, too.

1a/40 East Esplanade, Manly