A Crust-Worthy Guide to the Best Sourdough in Melbourne
Let’s get one thing straight. If you haven’t baked your own loaf of sourdough bread during lockdown, you have not failed home isolation. Dealing with the current state of the world is enough without the added pressure of perfecting the old-world art of making sourdough.
If you have found solace in a little flour and water therapy, that’s also great.
What’s important is that you’re eating authentic sourdough bread, whether it has come out of your own oven or not.
For those of you who would prefer to leave the baking to the experts, we’ve put together a list of some of the city’s finest bakeries fulfilling all of your sourdough kneads (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves).
Not only will you be rewarded with beautifully caramelised crusts and chewy doughs, but you’ll get to support some hard-working small businesses along the way.
Where to order sourdough bread in Melbourne
House of Lulu White
House of Lulu White in South Yarra is more than just a pretty plush pink cafe. Open for pick-up only, you’ll find a gorgeous range of loaves from The Hampton’s Bakery sitting alongside other takeaway brunch options. Grab one of their white, pumpkin and soy, wholemeal or rye sourdoughs for all your toast and sandwich dreams to come true.
Open 7am – 2pm daily
Wild Life Bakery
Sourdough bread in Brunswick doesn’t get much better than what Wild Life Bakery is pulling out of the oven. Place an online order before 6pm and then make your way to Albert Street the next day to pick up your joyous bundle of carbs. Each loaf is 100% sourdough, lovingly created using a blend of flours from local millers. Delivery options coming soon – stay tuned!
Open 7.30am – 3pm daily
As one of the city’s best Italian restaurants, there’ll be a few hearts (and stomachs) missing the food and warm hospitality at Roccella in East Melbourne. Luckily, the restaurant is helping fill this gap with a whole range of Southern Italian delights available for pick-up and delivery. While you get down on their pizza and wine combos, we suggest adding fresh wood fired sourdough to your order.
Open Monday to Friday 11am – 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 4pm – 8.30pm
Brought to life by Capitano and Bar Liberty, Falco is a local small-batch bakery tucked away on Smith Street in Melbourne’s Collingwood. Led by Christine Tran (a previous baker at San Francisco’s Tartine – no biggie), Falco combines traditional techniques with innovative twists and uses only the best organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Available for pick-up or delivery*, pair your bread order with pies, cookies, croissants and other baked goods.
Open 8am – 4pm daily__*delivery available within Abbotsford, Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy
Tivoli Road Bakery
This one is so obvious, we feel a bit silly even mentioning it. Tivoli Road Bakery is quite the celebrity in the Australian bread world. Traditional techniques, local ingredients and just the right amount of patience come together to create one of the most well-loved sourdoughs across the land. The bakery is currently open for pick-up only and we recommend calling ahead on 90414345 if you want to get your hands on one of their loaves. Check out their Instagram for updates.
Open 7.30am – 1.30pm daily
As well as offering breakfast and lunch to take away, this foodie favourite in St Kilda has set up an online grocery store. A top quality sourdough from Brasserie Bread makes an appearance amongst other artisan products. For maximum goodness, we recommend grabbing Staple’s ready-to-eat poached eggs or mushrooms on sourdough and taking an extra loaf home with you.
Open Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm
Ovens Street Bakery
Take a detour down the backstreets of Brunswick and you may just bump into Ovens Street Bakery on your journeys. Hidden away in an industrial space, this micro-bakery is a top destination for Melburnians who love to carb load. Order from a range of different sourdough varieties – and don’t forget to add a few croissants in there too.
Bonus information: Just down the road, Theodore’s has Ovens Street’s sourdough bread available through their online grocery store (as well as sourdough crumpets, milk, butter and other kitchen staples).
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am
Coffee nerds will need no introduction to ST. ALi. As well as keeping the city well caffeinated, these coffee roasters have also launched an online shop featuring super fresh sourdough from Ned’s. Pre-order a loaf to pick-up or opt to have the breakfast box delivered which contains not only Ned’s sourdough but a range of other morning necessities too.
There’s lots to feel good about when making an order from STREAT. The hospitality social enterprise is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of disadvantaged youth aged 16-25. Every loaf of bread ordered from STREAT goes directly towards providing training and career opportunities for young marginalised people in Victoria. Plus, the sourdough is really really good.
Delivery available Monday to Friday within 7km of CBD (order before 12pm, 48 hours ahead)