Not all bakery treats are made equally.

Light, crunchy, buttery pastry warms the cockles of the heart after an early morning start.

And after an EPIC 4X4 adventure, a caramelly, chocolatey tart with a strong cup of tea will help you recover.

What about the back seat driver calm me downs? When the kids are screaming, “Muuuuum! Daaaaaad! I’m huuuuuuuungryyyyyy! Are we theeeeeeeere yet?”

Everyone has a favourite country bakery.

So, we called on fellow East Gippslanders, asking for their best bakery recommendations.

Better bookmark this post, we’ll add to it over time. And feel free to add your faves through the comments below.

Booths Cafe

63 Macleod St, Bairnsdale or Facebook

According to a few connections, the cornish pasties at Booths are the best.

Bruthen Bakery

62 Main St, Bruthen or Facebook

Industry stalwarts and our go-to bakery when we’re heading off on a big trip. Everything is amazing, and here’s some top picks.

  • Pecan pie
  • Beef pie
  • Cauliflower pie (for a vegetarian option)
  • Coffee scrolls
  • Sausage roll
  • French vanilla slice
  • Custard tart

Jarrod’s Bakery

198 Main Street, Bairnsdale or Facebook

A fresh new interior fit out with a wide selection of treats on offer.

  • Pies are great because they don’t have sulphites
  • Vanilla slices

Jax Bakery

307 The Esplanade Lakes Entrance, 158 Bullumwaal Road Wy Yung, Evergreen Way Eastwood or Facebook

An emerging bakery and brand with quality sandwiches, wraps and breads.

  • Sandwiches and wraps
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Ciabatta
  • Multigrain bread

Long Paddock

93-95 Main Road, Lindenow or website

A #3hrsfromhome post about food wouldn’t be complete without Long Paddock! All cakes and desserts are amazing. And in particular…

  • Lemon tart
  • Apple and almond frangipane tart
  • Chocolate and quince tart
  • Lemon and coconut sponge
  • Plum crumble

Metung Bakery

50 Metung Road, Metung or Facebook

Get in early on the second Saturday of the month (Farmers’ Market day). Everything is great, however top picks are…

  • Sourdough bread
  • Pie
  • Sausage roll
  • Vanilla slice

Nicholson General Store

921 Princes Hwy, Nicholson

Worth stopping in to try a homemade pie.

Omeo High Plains Bakery & Cafe

194 Great Alpine Road, Omeo or Facebook

Quite possibly the best custard tart in country Australia! Such friendly service and very patient when the kids are taking forever to choose from the wide selection of bakery treats. Very hospitable for fussy eaters too. Our ‘go-to’ place when we’re heading over the top!

  • Sausage roll
  • Custard tart
  • Beef pie
  • Vegemite scroll
  • Chocolate mud cakes

Stratford Bakery

35 Tyers St, Stratford or Facebook

Technically not in East Gippsland, however the Stratford Bakery is a regular haunt when we’re heading on a 4×4 trip. Everything is excellent and the beestings rival Beechworth Bakery.

Richard Cornish wrote about Straford Bakery too.

Swifts Creek Bakery

9 McMillan St, Swifts Creek or website

The meandering drive up the Great Alpine Road is almost as good as the pies!

Waterview Bakery

67b The Eaplanade, Paynesville or Facebook

The Thai prawn pie and Wagon wheel are a top tip.

Wild Rye’s

14a Princes Highway, Cann River or website

On recommendation from a relative we stopped into Wild Rye’s when we camped at Ada River. And we’re so happy to discover this hidden gem! Everything is amazing, and we particularly love…

  • The coffee!
  • Sourdough bread
  • Chunky beef pie
  • Portuguese custard tart
  • Blueberry brûlée tart
  • Banana bread
  • All cakes

William & Louise Gourmet Bakery & Tea House

Shop 3/180 Main Street, Bairnsdale or website

William & Louise Gourmet Bakery & Tea House is second to none in East Gippsland. Jemma’s signature product is the selection of award-winning speciality cakes. We love the way you can print an artwork onto edible icing. Perfect for corporate functions or children’s birthdays alike. James recently added sumptuous sourdough bread to the menu, which is to die for. Our favourite cake flavour? Red velvet of course!

Must try:

  • Croissants (especially almond and chocolate)
  • Sourdough bread
  • Red velvet cupcakes (or any cupcake for that matter)
  • Specialty cakes
  • Biscuits

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