Supermarket bread is fine when you're in a pinch. But 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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The spot for bread, sweets and Mecca coffee.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Flour and Stone Annexe


Classics and inventive creations, in equal measures.

43 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Flour and Stone Pantry


If there’s such a thing as home-baking heaven, this supply store by Flour and Stone might well be it.

53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Cherry Moon


Bread straight out of the massive woodfire oven.

77 Nelson Street, Annandale

Lode Pies and Pastries


The star pastry at this polished, high-end bakery is so labour-intensive, only 15 are made each day.

487 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Sonoma Bakery


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

Baked by Keiran


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

455 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill



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

8 William Street, Brookvale

Madame & Yves


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


12 locations and counting.

633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Staple Bread & Necessities


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

Shop 1 20-28 Montauban Avenue, Seaforth

The Grumpy Baker


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

Shop 6 767 Old South Head Road, Vaucluse

Rollers Bakehouse


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

19 Rialto Lane, Manly

Wholegreen Bakery


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


Traditional Lebanese pizza – for breakfast.

32 South Street, Granville

Wild Cockatoo Bakery


All about that sourdough.

30 Botany Road, Alexandria

Brasserie Bread Cafe


Doing its thing since 1982.

1737 Botany Road, Banksmeadow

Iggy’s Bread


Here, they bake from the heart.

145d Macpherson Street, Bronte

Humble Bakery


A bakery from the Bodega team. Visit for whopping sangas, jam doughnuts and quince danishes – with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on the side.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Tuga Pastries


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

6/231 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

Infinity Bakery


An exacting sourdough bakery with a cult following.

The Cook and Baker


Packed with whole cakes and old-timey classics.

238 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction



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

308 Chalmers Street, Redfern

François Artisan Baker


Perfect pies from the man behind Dinky Di.

91 Bondi Road, Bondi

Pasticceria Tamborrino


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

73-75 Great North Road, Five Dock

Organic Bread Bar


Breakfast and lunch from the much-loved bakery.

356 South Dowling Street, Paddington

Choco Cannelle


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

Shop 1 2 Callaghan Street, Ryde

Sweet Belem


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

35 B New Canterbury Road, Petersham

Oregano Bakery


Out of adversity, grew a scroll empire.

56 Connells Point Road, South Hurstville

Berkelo Manly


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


Famed for its cakes and slices.

Shop 1 325 King Street, Newtown

Shuk Bakery


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

40 Mitchell Street, North Bondi

Goose Bakery Cafe


Kids will love the adorable animal shortbreads.

38 Ross Street, Forest Lodge

Stone Ground Bakery


Neat, compact and sells out quick.

Shop 7 52-56 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill

Pioik Bakery


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

176-178 Harris Street, Pyrmont

AP Bakery


An all-star bakery from the teams behind Ester, Shwarmama and Paramount Coffee Project. Here you'll find Reuben Hills coffee, bread made with old-world wheat, buttery croissants and crispy bacon sangas with curry leaf butter.

Paramount House Rooftop 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Staple Bread & Necessities Manly


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

Tuga Pastries Alexandria


A second cafe-bakery for one the city's finest Portuguese tart makers. Find a grand display of traditional and less-conventional baked goods, and a cafe menu that plays with the Aussie idea of breakfast while paying homage to its Portuguese roots.

10 112 McEvoy Street, Alexandria