Artisans of food
    Keepers of culture

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The culture of food cultures

Artisans of Food
Keepers of Culture

La Cultura is a celebration of the food artisans that keep cultures alive. Cultures are the living and breathing fermentation starters used in bread-making. It is these cultures that create the richness and complexity of flavour in artisan baked bread that are lovingly crafted for our enjoyement. The dedication of these artisans is truly inspiring and La Cultura is a dedication to these keepers of culture.

We've got your local bakeries listed below as a start and we'll continue add them if and when they make the cut. We're also working on interviewing these artisans of food so stay tuned for their stories.

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In your neighbourhood

Fitzroy North

109 Scotchmer St

Dench have built up a loyal customer base that keep on coming back for the house stone loaf, a perennial favourite. Shop, cafe and sweet treats too - get in early for a canelle.


Port Melbourne

84 Bay St

Fifth-generation French baker David Menard creates extraordinary loaves: sourdoughs, baguettes, batards, pain au chocolats, macarons, croissants and their remarkable walnut bread.


North Carlton

809 Nicholson St

Baking beautiful loaves since 1984, this small, unassuming bakery is one of Melbourne’s oldest traditional sourdough bakeries focusing on yeast-free and organic sourdough.

Natural Tucker

Brunswick East

2 Lygon St

You'll find all sorts of Italian treats like jam crostata, torta di ricotta, cornetti and of course their famous crusty loaves from a modest special little bakery made with a lot of love.



18 Milton St

Full of gracious goodness, these handmade loaves using generations-old culture, ciabattas and sweets have crunch, softness and character that make for edible simple goodness.

La Madre

South Yarra

3 Tivoli Rd

Salted caramel doughnuts, loaves of rye and puffy golden croissants fill every cabinet and wooden rack in the shop. The pies are delicious. Find a seat if you can.

Tivoli Road Bakery


643 Sydney Rd

Lebanese pizzas and pies that are authentic, satisfying and a true gastronomic experience. Gems like zataar, spinach and cheese pies are bursting with irresistibly soft haloumi.

A1 Bakery


178 Faraday St

If you're lucky you might get a chance to taste the baked-fresh still-warm loaf mid-morning to take with you after you’ve devoured a raspberry frangipane tart and coffee.

Baker D. Chirico


1 Saint Helliers St

Old fashioned bread-making techniques using organic flour and artisan baking skills produce rustic, full-flavoured loaves while fair trade organic coffee is roasted inhouse.

Convent Bakery


228 Gertrude St

Fatto a Mano organic bakery is a northside institution offering an explosion of inhouse-baked loaves of bread, pizza, and sweets – all organic and many gluten-free.

Fatto a Mano


99 Queen St

This artisanal patisserie offers an extensive range of high-end French breads and pastries including award-winning sourdoughs an also serving up 5 Senses Coffee.

Brioche by Philip


318 Sydney Rd

Under the watchful gaze of head baker Nans Wojtczak, Choukette offers up some of the finest croissants, quiches, cakes and other pastry delights outside of Paris.



13 Anderson St

Matt Forbes of world-renowned restaurants like Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons, The Waterside Inn and Noma showcases his selection of doughnuts, Danish pastries and bread baked on the premises.

Cobb Lane


1 Saint Helliers Street

Old fashioned bread-making techniques using organic flour and artisan baking skills produce rustic, full-flavoured loaves while fair trade organic coffee is roasted on the premises.

Convent Bakery


Gills Alley

By Con Christopoulos, the man who delivered restaurants and bars like Siglo, Syracuse and Journal Canteen, there’s no doubt that the pedigree is right in this tucked-away easily-missed gem.

Commercial Bakery

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”

James Beard

“10,000 years later, and there's no better way to raise bread!”

Dr. Ed Wood

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