Where to get artisan bread, gourmet pastries, and sweet treats
Whether it's to grab some fresh bread for lunch or pastries for a morning snack, a trip to the bakery is a definite dopamine hit. Thankfully, Newcastle has plenty of fantastic bakeries for your carb hit.
Are you looking to get your hands on some fresh bread and baked goodies? Look no further than our guide to the best bakeries in Newcastle (plus some extra spots for sweet treats).
If you haven’t visited this hidden gem yet, now’s your chance. Tuck into handmade taralli (round Italian breadsticks) among other Italian specialties at Bacco’s Bakeries. If you’re a panettone fan, Bacco’s Bakeries is the place to be at Christmas time.
Where: 15 Fleming St, Wickham
A staple of the Newcastle bakery scene since 2016, Baked Uprising creates scrumptious bread, pastries, tarts, cakes and more out of its Maryville bakery. You can also find Baked Uprising treats at Harris Farm Markets in Cooks Hill.
Where: 21 Downie St, Maryville
Bootleg Bakery is well worth the Friday or Saturday morning pilgrimage – just get there before its goodies sell out! Think focaccia, danishes, tarts and coffee out of a little red van tucked into suburban Merewether.
Where: 10 James St, Merewether
The word pekárna means bakehouse in Czech, and it's these roots that influence the food Petra, a Newcastle local born in the Czech Republic, bakes at her quaint space in Adamstown. We love its bee sting cake and ricotta-filled pastries topped with fruits like plum or cherry.
Where: 277 Brunker Rd, Adamstown
The Blind Baker
The Blind Baker specialises in gluten-free baked goods – great news for gluten free locals who are sick of dense, dry bread. There’s even gluten-free pies and sweet treats, so no one has to miss out on all that baked goodness.
Where: 4/89 Regent St, New Lambton
The Grumpy Baker has become a local favourite since it popped up in The Junction in 2021. Don’t miss its range of breads or savoury pastries, like cheese bourekas, gourmet pies, and sausage rolls. Grab a seat outside and watch the world go by while you gobble up all that flaky pastry.
Where: 53 Glebe Rd, The Junction
The Redhead Bakehouse
This Lake Macquarie favourite is known for its scones, pies, and breads, all made in-house at its Redhead bakery. Grab a barista-made Glitch coffee to sip while you devour your treats, and better yet, take them down to the beach to enjoy.
Where: 113 Cowlishaw St, Redhead
Nelson Bay-born bakery Two Bobs Bakery now has another home on Hunter Street, much to the delight of Newcastle locals. Its bread is a stand-out, as are the rotating toastie specials that change each day – check the Two Bobs Newcastle Instagram account to find out today’s special.
Where: 277 Hunter St, Newcastle
More sweet treats
The brainchild of Reece Hignell, Cakeboi is like having all of your grandma’s best baked treats in one place. Inspired by his own nan, Reece pays homage to classic bakes at Cakeboi, with plenty of specials each week to change things up.
Where: 48 Lindsay St, Hamilton
If you haven’t tasted Choux Patisserie’s pastries, you’re missing out. Created by French pastry chef Nic Poelaert, Choux Patisserie’s eclairs are the stuff of dreams. The flavour combinations are always unique, with decadent custard inside light choux pastry, topped with mousse or cheesecake. Très magnifique!
Where: Level 2 Charlestown Square, 30 Pearson St, Charlestown
Specialising in doughnuts and artisan gelato, Doughheads is an icon of the sweet treats scene in Newcastle. Expect doughy goodness decked out with indulgent toppings and fillings – you’ll leave wanting to come back and try each and every flavour.
Where: Shop 17/204 Union St, The Junction
It can be difficult to get a plant-based sweet fix, but thankfully Mama-P has taken up the task. The result? A range of vegan cakes and sweet treats that will have you questioning what sort of sorcery was used to make them.
Where: 2/142 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Slab Cheesecakes specialise in just one thing – cheesecakes. But, it’s so Slab can focus on doing their thing and doing it really well. Whether you get a single serve or a whole cake, just know that no one will judge you if you keep it all to yourself.
Where: 99B Maitland Rd, Islington