All Purpose (A.P) Bakery, Surry Hills

SYDNEY | All Purpose (A.P) Bakery isn’t the easiest place to find, but it’s worth seeking out for some of the tastiest baked treats in town.

You need to go to Paramount House Hotel, where you’ll find the excellent Paramount Coffee Project (“PCP”). While you should definitely check out PCP sometime, for A.P Bakery you need to continue through to the rear of the cafe, where you’ll find a lift. Hop in and head to the rooftop. Bypass the hotel gym/rec centre and walk through the door leading to a large deck. It’s here that you’ll find A.P Bakery.

It’s a collaboration between a team who either own, or have worked together, in some of Sydney’s top venues, and the result is fantastic. Summery California inspired vibes, even in the middle of winter, when I visited, and outstanding food and coffee.

Head baker and co-owner Dougal Muffet’s daily baked treats are displayed on a multi-layered racks, and there’s a small but fast moving line for them. It’s things like buttermilk croissants and other viennoiserie, canelés, sourdough baguettes and country loaves, and pies. It’s all made using flour milled daily using the baker’s own American stone mill, from old world grains sourced form local farms, including Muffet’s family farm in Forbes.

In the kitchen, co-owner Mat Lindsay’s team are cooling up an all-day breakfast menu of things like an egg and cheese brioche sandwich, ricotta, honey, olive oil, and fried rosemary toast, and an LPs Quality Meats smoked beef brisket bagel.

Everything can be enjoyed in or to-go. There’s cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits, along with juices, smoothies, and excellent coffee using beans from nearby Reuben Hills. The latter, along with PCP downstairs, is owned by co-owner Russell Beard. ☕

If you’re closer to Newtown, you can also check out the team’s just opened permanent location, just off King Street.

It’s always nice when a place more than lives up to the hype, and A.P Bakery certainly does just that. The fact that I took some friends here a few short hours after my first visit, speaks volumes.

All Purpose (A.P) Bakery

80 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills
New South Wales 2010

Telephone: n/a
E-mail: [email protected]

Wed – Sun: 7:30am to 3:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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