We love a good loaf, and even better we love copping one from the independent baker down the street.
And around Perth these days we seem to be getting more and more great places to grab a super-fresh loaf of bread – here’s a few of our faves.
North Street Store
We can’t shut up about North Street Store – not that anyone really needs telling at this point. In spite of a few vocal locals at the start of their Cott tenure, these legends are still going strong, baking some of the best loaves in town from their ever-expanding, empire.
And while we’ve waxed lyrical about the cinnamon buns, and the porchetta or bacon and egg rolls, the impressive fern-like fougasse is the absolute perfect bread to share with mates in the sunshine, with a bottle of something delicious.
16 North Street, Cottesloe (North Street Store)
7 Zeta Cres, O’Connor (Big Loaf Factory Bakery)
2/390 South Terrace, South Fremantle (Little Loaf Lunch Bar)
Victoria House, 4 Thorburn Way, Shenton Park (Wards Central Dining)
Bicton’s Hunter Bread takes a minimalistic approach to their offerings, with a signature French farmhouse-style sourdough taking pride of place in a range of shapes. Also influenced by namesake baker and owner Hunter Carlberg’s years baking at cult-favourite Sydney bakery Iggy’s, with a complex, dark crust and a pleasingly sour, chewy crumb… If you were going to just make one bread, this is certainly a good candidate. We had a chat to them shortly after they opened (you can check it out HERE), but in short: these loaves are set to become your dinner party, Sunday lunch, everyday staple.
Shop 14/258 Canning Highway, Bicton
Miller + Baker
We were pretty jazzed about Miller + Baker’s opening that snuck in at the end of 2019, and our excitement hasn’t really abated since then. An understated yet refined fit out complements their artisanal approach. If you’re milling your own flour, you’ve got to be pretty committed to quality, right? Grab a sourdough loaf for later, plus a coffee and pastry for right now.
6B/236 Lake Street, Northbridge
Everyday Bread has been the word on everyone’s lips since opening their doors in 2022. Originally a wholesale business, the cult status of their impressive bread has meant the addition of a retail shopfront to the bakery – which unconventionally opens from 3:30 to 7:30 every afternoon, allowing bakers to have a life outside of work, and for customers to enjoy the rare delight of a fresh loaf with dinner.
73 Leach Highway, Willagee
The Woodfired Baker
The Woodfired Baker specialises in all things sourdough and woodfired – but they also whip up some pretty killer pastries and sweets. Baking from a restored century-old oven, their offerings change daily, but whatever you take home will put a smile on your face. Sourdough’s good for us, right?
194 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Small, family-run bakery Grain may have only opened at the start of 2021 but in the few years since its become a huge hit around its Lathlain location – and a large part of that is due to it being steeped in owners the Pallot family’s history. The bakery uses decades-old family recipes, and produce some of the best sourdough going around Perth at the moment. Beware their irresistible pastry treats though!
19 Lathlain Place, Lathlain
It should come as no surprise that Goods would make its way onto this list. Arguably our current obsession, the new spot has been cooked up by the crew at Modus – it serves as the central bakery for the group’s three other cafes, as well as a stellar destination of its own. Pastries are next level, bread is off the chain, and a sweet, restrained retro fit out completes the vibe. Make sure to grab a homemade chutney for the road.
11 Oxford Close, West Leederville
South Freo faves Wild Bakery are all about funky fermentation, which is not only delicious but can also be beneficial for those with sensitive tums. An absolute favourite for a Saturday afternoon lunch after stopping by the Subi Farmer’s Market – a few slices of Wild’s quinoa loaf with some fresh cultured butter. High key recommend.
346 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Baked in a dedicated gluten-free environment, Strange Grains is the answer to a coeliac’s prayers. All their loaves are hand-made by skilled bakers, without preservatives, stabilisers, eggs, dairy, corn or sugar – not to mention all the other treats they have available. Pies, cakes, pastries – you name it, they make it gluten free.
197 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
GF friends, you thought we’d only give you one option? Alongside delightfully tempting tarts and cinny scrolls, Palmyra’s Panna Artisan is baking bread that’ll have you saying “Gluten? Gluten who?”
67A McKimmie Road, Palmyra
Bread In Common
Yep, we’re still obsessed with Bread In Common’s common loaf. Slow fermented and hand-shaped, this simple wood-fired bread always has a place in our hearts. Paired with their house churned salted butter… oof. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle (Bread in Common)
27 Carrington Street, Nedlands (Common Bakery)
41 Broadway, Nedlands (Common Bakery)
Knead. Bread & Coffee
We recently gave Knead. a shoutout in our article looking at Scarborough cafes (check it here), but it stands up very comfortably as just a bakery in its own right. In a very short time they’ve built up a devoted and loving community of repeat customers thanks to friendly service combined with of course, great bread! They’ve even developed a special Scarborough Sourdough just for the locals – get amongst it.
1A Luna Maxi Mart, 241 West Coast Highway, Scarborough
If you want a baguette from Chu, you might have to set an alarm. Perhaps more known for their picture-perfect pastries, it might just be because hungry locals leave them with bare shelves. If you’ve slept in and missed out on a loaf, you can sample the goods with one of their toasted sandwiches, baguettes or loaded toasts – just make sure to eat it the preferred way: laying down under a tree in Hyde Park with a coffee in hand and a pastry for after.
498 William Street, Highgate
Mary Street Bakery
Every time we might feel like getting a bit cynical about Mary Street... you remember just how damn good they are. For years, that polenta loaf has been a go-to pickup en route to a family lunch. Appear at a dinner party with a loaf of that (and maybe a few doughnuts…) and you’d be the guest of honour.
Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
QV1, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Shop 1& 2, Empire Village, City Beach
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
272 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Shop 3, 5 Shenton Road, Claremont
Tucked away behind the synagogue in Menora are some of the most legit bagels you’ll find in Perth. The family-run Kosher Providore’s onsite bakery pumps out traditional boiled bagels, as well as challah, babke, French loaves and other sweets. While you’re there, you can stock up at the kosher butcher or check out some of their imported pantry and freezer items.
Rear car park of the Perth Hebrew Congregation, Plantation Street, Menora
This itty-bitty coffee window may be small, but it’s certainly mighty. Owned by Courtney Gibb and his wife Simone, the former head baker for Mary Street Bakery manages to produce an impressive daily selection of freshly baked bread, pastries and other delicious treats from Cheerio’s pint-sized kitchen – along with coffees that are worth the stop alone.
50 Cleaver Street, West Perth
Harvest Boulangerie Patisserie
Harvest is so popular, you might have to get up early (and fight through a queue of devoted locals) to make sure you don’t miss out – but trust us, it’s worth it. We’ve already talked about their light-as-air croissants (which, by the by, are even more amazing filled with ham and cheese…) and the show-stopping flaky, buttery danishes topped with fresh, seasonal fruit – but we also can’t resist their daily loaves, baked with WA-grown organic flour.
22 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough
Sally’s Micro Bakery
While it may not be quite as easy to get your hands on Sally’s Micro Bakery’s loaves as other bakeries – boy will it be worth it! Available for delivery to your doorstep every second Sunday from the home of Perth baker Bec Khan (no, not Sally!), these loaves have been perfected over almost 10 years of sourdough experimentation.
Cover image: Grain Bakery