Wandering around Sydney – Bourke Street Bakery

Bourke Street Bakery

I’ve just returned home from a week in Sydney, and what a week it was. I started things off bright and early at the Adelaide Airport with 30 other delegates as we made our way to Sydney for a conference. It was a jolt to the system for this night owl and by the time we arrived it felt like it was about midday, even though the day was only just beginning. It was an intense week of workshops, networking and revelry that left little time for wandering and seeing the sights. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to be able to stay on at the end of the conference and spend some time in our nations biggest city with the Bourke Street Bakery being a must on my list of places to visit.

Bourke Street Bakery is an institution for many Sydneysiders, located in the funky and vibrant village of Surry Hills, it is a tiny bakery offering freshly baked sourdough and other delectable treats. I first came to know about this place when I chanced upon a copy of their cookbook a few years ago. It is one of my favourite go-to books for cakes, scrolls and vego rolls with gorgeous photos and easy to follow recipes. I wandered over shortly after rising on Friday morning and felt a little rush as I approached what is clearly a very popular place to eat. The old ‘Boulangerie’ metalwork sign atop the building brought back memories of France and in the window I saw some of my favourite creations brought to life. Coffee, a Vego Roll and a Pan au Raisin were high on my list and my timing was perfect as a small seat by the window opened up the moment I finished ordering.

I sat down to my small feast and quickly slipped in a couple of photos before devouring my bounty. The vego roll was brilliant, I have made the recipe a few times at home but not like this, it is essentially a vegetarian take on the sausage roll, using chickpeas in place of the sausage to hold everything together. The pastry is light and flaky and the subtle curried spices bring everything together in a playful and refreshing manner, coupled with a generous squirt of the red stuff (free sauce! kudos, BSB) this was a lovely way to start my day. Moments later my coffee arrived, it was almost too pretty to drink and as I cheekily snapped a photo the barista caught me and joked that it was lucky he’d made a good one. I sat and took it all in before popping the Pan au Raisin in my bag and toddling off to take in some more sights. It was to come in handy a few hours later as I found a sunny spot to sit and rest my weary feet, this is perhaps my most favourite creation from the book and it is unbelievably simple to put together.

As the day wore on Paul flew in from Adelaide and we took off together to take in the sights. I hopelessly forgot to bring the camera with me once Paul had arrived as we happily ate our way around the city. We walked all over the place from Darling Harbour to the Opera House, through Chinatown, Glebe and Newtown, back over to Surry Hills and a quick stop in Paddington. It was a lovely way to spend a weekend and as with any visit to another city I wished we had just a little more time to explore a few more places, it is a good excuse to come back though so all is not lost.

Other noteable foodie mentions that I didn’t think to photograph:

  • Chinese Noodle Restaurant – Thomas Street, Haymarket

Always fantastic and such great value. I have eaten here over and over again and it never fails to disappoint – try the dumplings!

  • Embers Mezze Bar – Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Mesmerising Lebanese food in a gorgeous candle lit setting.

  • Pretty much everything at the Glebe Markets – Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Paul ate an outrageously good falafel roll while I devoured a hugely satisfying sweet potato and green bean salad.

  • Tommy’s Beer Cafe – Glebe Point Road, Glebe

An impressive beer selection coupled with the best looking German food I’ve seen in a while – try the pretzels!

  • Corridor Bar – King Street, Newtown

Excellent local beer and wine selection, great local vibe and the food looked good, too – try a lemon squash made from scratch.

  • Lat-Dior African Eatery – Enmore Road, Enmore

Beautiful, fresh and vibrant African cuisine catering for meat eaters to vegans and every one in between – try the Lat-Dior Delight.

  • Gelatomassi – King Street, Newtown

Fiendishly good gelato.

  • The Commons – Burton Street, Darlinghurst

Beautiful brekky and coffee made using locally sourced, organic and csa produce.

  • The Goods on Crown – Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Great coffee and juices, the jaffles sounded pretty sensational, too.

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