Every weekend, a long line snakes from Bourke street, around the corner and down Devonshire Street in Surry Hills at Sydney, for good reason. This the home of the original Bourke Street Bakery. Established in 2004, it soon garnered a loyal following, and has gone on to grow into a Surry Hills institution. Locals and visitors alike wait patiently to either grab one of the coveted tables, or take away their favourite treats. For breakfast or lunch it never fails to satisfy. Stunning artisan breads line the windows. These include an array of sourdough styles, like potato and rosemary or fennel, raisin and cherry, which are only available on certain dates and divine, the fig and cranberry being a favourite (mother-in-law). Pretty pan au chocolate, ginger brûlée tarts, apple galettes and macademia and honey sticky buns all sit side by side, just like a beauty contest, waiting to be chosen.
Once inside this tiny palette pleasing palace, the aromas can’t be ignored. You may have decided on your purchase, but faced with an array of pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches and slices, it is easy to walk out with a few extra items. The coffee is good, really good, and the perfect foil for the sweetness of a rhubarb and almond tart, or a slice of their fantastic flourless chocolate cake (my fave)! Luckily there are three other locations and two side kick stores in Sydney, but the original is still the best.
So when you are next in Surry Hills, treat yourself to a taste sensation. It’s cash only, seven days a week. Oh and don’t forget to pick up your signed copy of their cook book which comes in a complimentary Bourke Street Bakery bag. Once tried, you will be back for more. Go on, the line is worth the wait! Bourke Street Bakery Monday – Friday 7am – 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 5pm. Ciao – Jo Bayley