Whether it’s pastries, breads, or doughnuts, everyone loves freshly made treats straight from the baker’s oven.
We’ve sniffed out some of Melbourne’s best vegan bakers and found ourselves drooling over their menus. So if you’re crazy for croissants or puppy-eyed over pies, check out our rundown of the best cruelty-free baked delights Melbourne has to offer:
Everyone’s favourite – and for good reason – Mister Nice Guy’s started out as a small family business and quickly grew into Melbourne’s best-known vegan bakery. It serves up a huge selection of cakes, shakes, bagels, sandwiches, doughnuts, scrolls, coffee, and much, much more.
151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
This small bakery in Preston has become famous for its huge variety of baked goods, which are sold at astonishingly cheap prices. From pies to “sausage” rolls to vanilla slices and doughnuts, you’ll find everything your heart desires here. Be prepared to get carried away and leave with a huge box full of goodies.
465 High St, Preston VIC 3072
The sourdough bread here is well known throughout Melbourne for its distinctive taste and affordable price. Plenty of gluten-free options are available, and almost everything is vegan, including cakes and pizza slices. With two locations to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to artisan baked goods.
170 Union Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
169 Rankins Rd, Kensington VIC 3031
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For the best bagels in town head to Sable, in Cremorne. With 14 bagels on their menu – including ‘smoked salmon’ and ‘fried chicken’ – the only problem you’ll have at Sable is choosing which one. And don’t forget to pick up a few of their delicious home baked cookies on the way out!
5. Baking Bad
Baking Bad is an online bakery that provides cakes and cupcakes for every occasion. The owners pride themselves on running a truly ethical business, and 10 per cent of all takings are donated directly to animal-welfare charities. Leftovers are also donated to animal-welfare organisations. If you’re lucky, you might also spot Baking Bad at pop-up markets and events around the city as well as in select stores and cinemas.
6. Smith & Deli
More than just a bakery, this Jewish-style deli in Fitzroy is the sister store to the famous Smith & Daughters restaurant. Its menu includes the most remarkable selection of sandwiches you’re ever likely to find, along with an ever-changing cabinet of baked goods and other food. While you’re there, you can also pick up a selection of vegan groceries like ice cream, faux meats, and vegan cheeses.
111 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
This bakery and deli specialises in vegan celebration cakes, pastries, and other desserts and operates from a quaint little “hole-in-the-wall” location in Moonee Ponds. The delicious cake creations look terrific and taste great, too.
778 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 (behind Curators Collective)
8. Raw Trader
Something of an “un-bakery”, this rustic café specialises in raw desserts and treats. Situated near Melbourne Central railway station, it offers an impressive variety of cakes, and the guilt-free menu is full of health foods and superfoods. There are also cooking demonstrations and workshops for those keen to learn the inside secrets.
10 Sutherland St, Melbourne VIC 3000
At events throughout Melbourne, this small business serves up yummy baked goods and delicious treats using locally obtained ingredients. You can also find its products in selected cafés or order cakes online for special occasions.
10. Pana Chocolate
Not quite a bakery, this place deserves a special mention for its raw chocolate treats. Pop into the flagship store in Richmond, or find cakes and other treats in outlets across Melbourne. This brand also makes popular chocolate bars which taste divine and can be found almost everywhere!
491 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
11. Tidbit Cakes
Tidbit Cakes creates unique, handcrafted centrepiece cakes for all occasions, as well as the prettiest macaroons you’ve ever seen
255 Mary Street, Richmond, VIC 3121
12. Ka Pies
Famously winning the “Australia’s Best Pie” Award for one of its vegan pies, this Sunshine pie shop bakes in a traditional New Zealand style and offers some great vegan options. Who doesn’t love a tasty pie? Ka Pies is proof that no animals have to die for a delicious pie that everyone can enjoy.
250 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
13. OMV Bakery
This boutique vegan bakery specialises in cakes for special occasions. The creative children’s cakes are particularly sweet (pun intended). Order online for your next big event!
2 Greenock Street, Reservoir VIC 3073
Specialising in weddings and events, this Yarraville cake shop makes the most beautiful cakes that really have the “wow” factor. There are 10 vegan flavours on offer, including double chocolate, cookies and cream, rosewater and pistachio, and vanilla raspberry. If you need a cake to impress guests at a swanky function, look no further.
79 Anderson Street, Yarraville VIC 3013
15. Cedar Bakery
This Lebanese bakery recently expanded its vegan offerings and now serves a wide selection of goodies, including vegan cheese and spinach pastries and mixed vegetable ones. It’s perfect for a filling, cruelty-free treat on a cold day!
33–37 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3072
Monika Mehta, a professional cake decorator, merged her love of all things sweet with her passion for following a vegan lifestyle. All her cakes are baked fresh to order online for any special occasion you may have.
40 Bulli Street, Moorabbin VIC 3189
17. Saint Cake
With yet another online store that offers custom cake creations, Melburnians are spoilt for choice when it comes to cakes for special occasions! Choose from a number of vegan flavours, and create a cake to remember. If you have a gluten allergy, Saint Cake has you covered with a huge variety of gluten-free options.
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Mahadeva’s Kitchen specialises in wholesale, catering and corporate orders across Melbourne, providing delicate and delicious cakes, brownies and chocolates – all vegan, of course! If you are in the Maidstone area you can also find these treats on UBER eats and Deliveroo.