It’s 2020, and we’re gonna get that bread! (Is that a thing the kids are still saying? What up, fellow kids!)
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, these legends are still going strong, baking some of the best loaves in town. With the addition of sister store Little Loaf Bakery in South Freo, these guys will be pumping out even more of the good stuff. And while we’ve waxed lyrical about the cinnamon buns, and the porchetta rolls, the fougasse is the absolute perfect bread to share with mates in the sunshine, with a bottle of something good.
16 North Street, Cottesloe
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 my 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
An absolute favourite for a Saturday afternoon lunch after stopping by the Subi Farmer’s Market – a few slices of Wild Bakery’s quinoa loaf with some fresh cultured butter. High key recommend. These South Freo faves are all about funky fermentation, which can also be beneficial for those with sensitive tums.
346 South Terrace, South Fremantle
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 doughnut for after.
498 William Street, Highgate
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
Clayton and Lena’s backyard bread operation was inspired by Lena’s childhood in her family’s traditional northern German bakery. After experimenting with sourdough, the couple decided to extend their baking from friends and family, to us, lucky ducks! Head to their website to pre-order their artisanal loaves for pickup from a number of locations, or head to one of their farmers market pop-ups.
Bread in Common
The year is 2020 and 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 sweet garlic butter with fennel salt… oof. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Miller and Baker
When we heard a new bakery was opening up on Lake Street… hoo boy were we excited. When we realised that the miller in the name meant they’d be actually freshly milling their own flour on-site, and then some whispers on the street about the croissants… we could barely contain ourselves. This has gotta be one of the most exciting openings that snuck in at the end of 2019.
6B/236 Lake Street, Northbridge
Cover photo from Bread in Common