The rise of Gold Coast Bakeries continues with irresistible freshly baked aromas swirling throughout suburbs from our northernmost reaches of Sanctuary Cove through to the southern sweep of Coolangatta. And the only way to silence the tummy grumbles is to join in the feast by devouring bespoke breads, flawless flaky pastries, perfectly plump pies and sampling from a delectable selection of desserts. Here’s our guide to what’s cooking at the Gold Coast’s best bakeries.
1. Rise Bakery - Sanctuary Cove
A little piece of Paris has found its way to Sanctuary Cove Marina via Rise Bakery. This artisan boulangerie and delightful salon de thé curated by French chefs Adrien Marcinowski and Maxime Bournazel, serves exquisitely buttery croissants, mouth-watering pain au chocolat, danishes garnished in glossy fruits alongside quiches, pies and perfectly crusty breads and baguettes.This bakery also brings the bubbles in the form of authentic French champagne which you can sip while enjoying views of the marina – cheers to that! Tasty Tip: Dine in,or join the boaties who dock at the marina to fuel up on all things Rise.Open Tuesday to Sunday, 7am - 4pm. Bon appétit!
Where: Shop4c, 1 Masthead Way, Hope Island
2. Bam Bam Bakehouse - Mermaid Beach
A Gold Coast icon sitting in a sunny park-side position in popular Mermaid Beach. At Bam Bam Bakehouse you’ll find breads, pastries, baked goods and beverages that create a scene on Insta. The flagship senior sibling to Custard Canteen and Cubby Bakehouse, with talented pastry chefs making magic out of puff pastry with eclairs, tarts and pastries that can be eaten on-site or loaded into pretty cake boxes to be carted to the park or beach nearby. Tasty Tip: Dine in to pair your pastries with beverages like a smoked paprika margarita, or a colour-changing ink gin, or really good coffee. Child-friendly and furry friends are welcome to join you in the park nearby. Open 7am - 3pm daily.
Where: 2519-2521 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
3. Custard Canteen - Palm Beach
The cute little sister of Bam Bam Bakehouse, Custard Canteen is located just steps from Tallebudgera's baby blue waters. With fresh Portuguese tarts always baking in the oven, resistance futile after one delicious whiff, but add self-saucing, gooey centred cookies, brownies that come in chocolate or blonde, and be sure to try the flaky as you-know-what sausage rolls served with spicy tomato relish. Tasty Tip: Consciously couple a bakery trip with a bask and dip in one of the coast's favourite swimming spots nearby at Tallebudgera Creek. Kids and dogs are welcome with plenty of space for them to play. Open from 6.30am - 2.30pm every day.
Where: Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach (in the same building as Tallebudgera Rec Centre)
4. Fuel Bakehouse - Currumbin
Instead of bread, baker Ben Edwards wanted to craft the best trilogy of pies, doughnuts and coffee, and as his cult local following attests - he’s smashed it out of the park at Fuel Bakehouse. Think seven hours of slow-cooked beef to fill deep-pie dishes, salted caramel, Nutella or jam semi-sourdough doughnuts (they sell out so be quick), plus exceptional coffee from local roaster Burleigh Heads Social Espresso. Tasty Tip: Eat in or grab to go - Currumbin Creek and Preston Park are nearby providing the perfect place to picnic, or if you’re heading to Balter Brewery and want to pair that pint with a meaty, moreish pie - you know where to go. Open Mon-Fri 4:30am - 4pm. Sat & Sun 5am - 2pm with kids welcome.
Where: 44 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Waters
5. The Bread Social - Tweed
Starting out in Byron, and moving north after etching a fierce following of hungry locals, The Bread Social technically sits just over the NSW border, but we are claiming them anyway and their delectable baked goods. From a counter stuffed with crispy pork sausage rolls, lemon myrtle meringues, Portuguese custard tarts, Danish pastries and seventy-two-hour sourdough, you’ll understand why this bakery is always busy. Tasty tip: Locals say this is where you will get the best coffee in Tweed and within a short walk of Greenmount Beach for take-away feasting beside the sea. Bring the kids and the dogs and take some bread home for friends. They’ll love you for it. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am - 4pm. Sat & Sun 7:30am - 3pm.
Where: 12 Bay St, Tweed Heads
6. Paddock Bakery - Miami
When it comes to the most Instagrammable place to feast on the Gold Coast, Paddock Bakery wins hands down. Surrounded by a white picket fence and shady spots to sit, the quaint repurposed weatherboard cottage sits centre stage, pumping out artisan bread, pastries and pies, curated cakes, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, dessert pots and cult local fav - dippy-eggs. The milkshakes are worth a share too - inspired by lamingtons, cookies and doughnuts, and speaking of the latter be sure to try (or take home) a creme brûlée doughnut! Tasty Tip: Wear your elastic waist pants, or opt for a take-home box to share. Kids are welcome and dogs are also if kept on a lead. Open 6am - 3pm every day.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami
7.Fosters Bakery - Nobby Beach
If you’ve noticed the tradie trucks and at least 10-person deep line up at Nobby Beach every day - you’ve found Fosters. Not as fancy as others, but this honest, humble bakery founded in 1950, punches way above its weight with incredible pies (some even say the best in Queensland), pasties, sausage rolls and the old-school cakes and slices you fondly recall from your childhood. Think creamy custard tarts, man-hand-sized lamingtons, plump vanilla slices, apple and rhubarb pies, glossy strawberry tarts and the kind of bread you can’t help but sneak in a few slices on the way home in the car. Tasty tip: the Lamb and rosemary pie is legendary and fight off the tradies to claim a Ned Kelly - filled with chunky steak, bacon, cheese plus a whole egg. Open Mon-Fri 5:30am - 4pm. Sat & Sun 5:30am - 3pm.
Where: 1/2227 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
8. Tarte Bakery & Café - Burleigh
Tarte is one of the coast’s most popular places to pull up a seat street-side to feast on tasty tartines, galettes loaded with savoury and sweets, crusty croissants, loaded baguettes, divine tarts and even cookie cups shaped like shots and filled with warm milk for decadent deliciousness. Soak up Paris-style street vibes mixed with a stylish side of Soho in Burleigh. Tasty Tip: pick up coffee and treats from the takeaway window before walking over to Burleigh Hill to devour. Child and dog-friendly too. Open from 6.30am to 3pm daily.
Where: 2/2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
9. Marie Anita's (gf) - Mermaid Beach
Neatly tucked into a small cluster of shops on the Gold Coast Highway at Mermaid Beach, this charming bakery and café serves a range of delicious plant-based gluten-free delights to an appreciative market of health-conscious customers. With the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting on repeat from the oven, and cosy corners to sit either inside or in the beautiful outdoor garden out back, feast on a selection of artisan goodies crafted using hemp, turmeric, activated nuts and seeds, fruit, vegetables and herbs. Your health will thank you for it. Tasty Tip: bring the doggo if you sit out back, it's a lovely space to infuse your inside and outside with goodness. Open 7am - 3:30pm daily.
Where: 2364 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
10. 5B2F Bakehouse - Southport
With its creative initialism translating as ‘five bread, two fish’, and South Korea meets France bakery fusion twist, prepare for your eyes to pop and your jaw to drop when you see the goodies stocked at 5B2F Bakehouse. The bakery brainchild of South Korean pastry chef Moonsun Yoo, whose creations are more like edible art you can swoon over before demolishing. Try cloud-like cakes, French pastry favourites and a delectable selection of artisan pies, wood-fired sourdough and Toby’s Estate Coffee to pair perfectly with every delicious morsel. Tasty Tip: You will want to try everything, so assume you’re coming back and start at the top. Special celebrations cakes are a specialty here too and kids, dogs and other bakery-obsessed friends are most welcome. Open 6am - 3pm Mon-Sat.
Where: 55 Brooke Ave, Southport
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