Easter has nearly arrived, here’s where to get Geelong’s best hot cross buns

Easter has nearly arrived, here’s where to get Geelong’s best hot cross buns

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We're making sure that this Easter is one packed full of hot-cross bun deliciousness.

Is there anything better than starting your morning by waking up to the smell of delicious hot cross buns warming in the oven? Nothing quite beats that aroma of spices and fruit mixed with the fluffy dough that only a hot cross bun offers.

With Easter rolling around at high speed this year, there’s a slew of small businesses and local bakers in town lovingly whipping up batches of the perfect creations for our eating pleasure. To help you consume as many as possible before they disappear for another year (cue the tears), here’s where you can find Geelong’s best hot cross buns right now.

Go forth, and indulge.

Butter and Co

Since popping up on Pakington Street a few years ago, Butter & Co have been the place to go when looking to treat yourself. With a custom pink coffee machine, a bright industrial space and a pastry chef with years of experience, the patisserie is loved by locals for its mouth-watering treats, including picture-perfect tarts, cakes, eclairs, croissants and of course, hot cross buns.

Currently available from now until Good Friday, these babies are perfected spiced with an orange kick and adorned with the signature pink butter touch, perfect for when you’re looking for a bit of a ‘wow’ factor. Walk-ins only, no orders. The early bird gets the buns.

Address: 316 Pakington Street, Newtown


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Pane di Matteo

Pane di Matteo has long had a love for the finer things in life, oh, and baked goods of course. They’re back into making hot x buns for the year, so stop by and get yourself a collection of these floury heroes. You can go in-store to pick up these babies every day they’re open until Easter.

Address: 12 Porter Ave, Highton


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Need The Bread

Located in Newtown, Need The Bread is the local business making small-batch artisan bread made to order by Audrey Foy.

Available in the lead up to Easter, her sourdough Hot Cross Buns and Choc Cross Buns feature a fluffy spiced sourdough, jam-packed with all the good stuff. The traditional HCBs are loaded with mixed dried fruit and finished with our Apricot Conserve glaze, while the chocolate lovers (or dried fruit non-lovers), will love the CCBs that are packed with a chocolate hit with just the right amount of orange peel, finished with our Plum Conserve glaze.

Available every Tuesday and Friday, Tuesday 29th March – Good Friday 15th April inclusive.

Find more here.


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Newfolk Café

With hand-painted stools, a deep blue feature wall, indoor plants and stunning pendants, Newfolk sports a casual and mellow neighbourhood vibe, and one that all of Newtown know and love. It’s not just the happy vibes and the friendly barista’s perfectly steamed milk that has the locals coming back time and time again, but this time of year, it’s also for the delicious hot cross buns. Handmade in store, these babies are available with or without butter right up until Easter.

Address: 105 Skene Street, Newtown.


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House Iberia

House-made hot crosses from this little gem is always a good idea! They use the same magical secret dough as their vegan donuts (also delicious) with a few extra additions.

You can indulge in toasted hot x buns in-house or take them away with butter or Nuttlex.

Address: 137 Shannon Avenue, Geelong


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Born and Bread Bakehouse

Located just off Pakington Street, this family-owned business is all about making delicious treats and baked goods. Stocking various loaves of bread, you can pick up croissants, baked treats and now thanks to Easter time, you can stock up on some of these seriously delicious doughy, spicy, fruity, buttery balls of joy. Their traditional buns are made with organic fruit from Murray River Organics and finished with a sticky glaze, so you know they’re going to be good! They’re currently taking orders for Easter weekend now so get in before they hit capacity.

Address: Shop 2, 364 Pakington St, Newtown.

That Place Patisserie

Made using sourdough flour and yeast, complete with fruits and spices, these buns are full of flavour. These babies are also double glazed and are ready to be inhaled right up until EOD on Easter Saturday before the team takes some time off for a well-deserved break! The That Place team are currently taking pre-orders for buns so you don’t miss out on the day, however, these orders close this Friday, April 8 unless they reach capacity earlier.

While you’re there you might as well pick up some Pain Au Chocolat’s and specialty croissants.

Address: 110b Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont

Maple Bakery SurfCoast

Since opening its doors last year, this joint has become renowned for bringing all the iconic sweets of Canada to Torquay. From the Nanaimo Bar (no-bake dessert) and Beaver Tails (hand-stretched fried dough topped with cinnamon sugar), to maple tarts and pecan danishes, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of Canada – minus the travel fare.

While it’s earning a rep for its Canadian treats, the cafe features creative chefs who love to experiment in the kitchen, making waves for its creative takes on desserts… including hot cross buns! Here you’ll find Maple Hot Cross Buns, available in-store daily, or they can be pre-ordered in advance on 0476421051.

Address: 40/10 Cylinders Drive, Torquay

Oh Honey

Previously operating as an online florist, Lustre Blooms founder Bridgette McLachlan decided to combine a passion of florals and botanicas with hospitality by opening her very own café Oh Honey last year just prior to the country shutting down due to the pandemic. Bringing her beautiful blooms to the fore, alongside delicious coffee, pastries, and sweet treats, this new shop quickly earned a reputation as a magical plant paradise, and it’s one where you can find some indulgent Easter buns.

Supplied by Traditional french bakery Noisette, these babies (both traditional and choc chip) are hopefully arriving this week and will be available right through to Good Friday.

Address: 65 Myers St, Geelong


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La Madre

A go-to for many cafes when it comes to stocking baked treats, La Madre is also all about making a damn fine hot x bun. Up until Easter, the team will be elbow-deep in flour, sugar and spice, making the very best deliciously intense, sourdough fruity buns to see you through.

You can also pre-order your La Madre Easter buns from Kilgour Street Bakery for pick-up on Thursday, April 14.

Address: 164 Fyans Street, South Geelong


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Zeally Bay Sourdough

This little spot is renowned on the coast as bread-lovers heaven. And once again, they’re making hot x buns! The bonus is that with this artisan bakehouse, the slow-ferment sourdough hot x buns are slightly better for you. Made with certified organic heritage white wheat and wholewheat flours, the most delicious organic currants and sultanas, spices, bakery roasted Ayurvedic spices, hand-cut lemon peel and a little EV olive oil, these put ZBS high on the bun-lover’s radar.

They don’t stock them directly but they make them for a bunch of retailers across the region. Check out their store locator here.

Address: 10 Sawmills Way, Torquay

Local Geelong

Local Geelong is a well-loved cafe slinging coffee, cake, brunch and pastries by day, and slow dough pizza and local wines by night. With sourdough baking being at the heart of the business, the venue are offering delicious vegan hot cross buns. Made with organic sun dried fruit folded through a soft organic sourdough bun, with the right amount of spices, these are an absolute treat warmed with a lashing of butter.

They are available for pre-order via the website, or you can pick up in store.

Address: 175 McKillop Street, Geelong


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Le Fournil French Bakery

If you’re after treats with a French touch, Le Fournil French Bakery is the go-to. Nestled in the heart of Pakington Street, this traditional French bakery offers real French breads, pastries and patisseries made by French bakers and pastry chefs on site. For Easter, they’re also making hot x buns.

Address: 90 Pakington Street Geelong West.

Gluten Free 4 U

For all you that need some gluten-free bad boys, hit up Gluten Free 4 U for all your hot cross bun needs this Easter season. Available in sultana, chocolate chip and plain, they are also 100 per cent vegan as well as GF. You can suss out the ingredients here or just head on in-store to pick them up.

Address: 110 Pakington St, Geelong West


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Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie

If you love chocolate like we love chocolate, you’ll know that the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie has long been the place to go to treat yourself to an abundance of the sweet stuff, and this year, that includes Easter buns! Armed with a Chocolaterie twist, they’re serving up traditional fruit or triple choc chip buns smothered in butter with an extra chocolate shot in the Café or you can take home one or half a dozen too!

Address: 1200 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae


If you know a business baking or stocking these buns of joy, please let us know.