MELBOURNE | CBD Bakery is an unassuming family-run bakery that’s been operating for over 30 years in Melbourne’s CBD. I recently visited for What’s On Melbourne to find out more. There’s a lot of great bakeries in the CBD, but CBD Bakery is only one of two CBD bakeries (as far as I can ascertain, Flywheel Bakery being the other), where everything is made and baked on site, from scratch.
After 14 years running the show, former owner Bernie Fox handed the reigns over to baker and friend Tony Foster, who had been helping Bernie keep things running during Melbourne’s lockdowns. Tony’s taken an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach to things, which is great as the angle being taken is unique in the CBD.
That angle, is a classic, Australian country style bakery in the heart of town. CBD Bakery isn’t the place to come to if you’re looking for crazy flavours and things that are ‘on trend’. Rather, it’s about all of those nostalgic classics done right, baked fresh each day, using top notch ingredients.
Pies and sausage rolls are a favourite, with an assortment of fillings to choose from, and wonderfully flaky, buttery pastry. The cinnamon and iced doughnuts, which will transport you back to your childhood, are one of the best examples of a classic done right.
There’s the full array of slices – think vanilla slices, chocolate hedgehogs, and caramel slices. There’s also things like Neenish tarts, lamingtons, and honey joys. There’s sandwiches and wraps, and catering available. Perfect for city office functions. Coffee is quality too, and there’s a full range of alternative milks available.
The coffee offering is a good one for the wider bakery really. Classic, but tweaked here and there when required to ensure everything is quality and not ‘tired’. If you’re a local looking for a bit of nostalgia, or a visitor from overseas looking for a bakery that’s uniquely Australian, CBD Bakery is well worth a visit.
480 Bourke Street
Mon – Fri: 7:30am to 3:00pm