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.

Oh Honey

Previously operating at 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.

Available in both traditional and chocolate, these babies will be available right through to Good Friday.

Address: 65 Myers St, Geelong


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Butter and Co

Since popping up on Pakington Street two 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 Easter, these babies are perfected spiced and adorned with the signature pink butter touch, perfect for when you’re looking for a bit of a ‘wow’ factor.

Address: 316 Pakington Street, Newtown


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Pane di Matteo

Pane di Matteo have 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, or place an order to avoid missing out. This year they’ve also decided to make a sourdough chocolate hot cross bun, because we all deserve a little indulgence in our lives.

Address: 12 Porter Ave, Highton


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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.

Alternative pick up points for these babies includes Kilgour St Grocer and House Iberia for pre-orders, Geelong Fresh Foods, Newfolk Cafe, and Geelong West Social Club.

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 take 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 Sunday, March 28.

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

Address: 110b Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont

La Madre

A go-to for many cafes when it comes to stocking baked treats, La Madre are 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, fruity buns to see you through.

Address: 164 Fyans Street, South Geelong


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Zeally Bay Sourdough

Take a trip down the coast and you’ll find bread-lovers heaven. 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 and orange rind and a little EV olive oil, these put ZBS high on the bun-lover’s radar.

And in better news, for those that don’t want to head to the coast, you can purchase ZBS buns at a number of stockists in town. Check out their store locator here.

Address: 10 Sawmills Way, Torquay

Feast Geelong

The plant-based people of Feast Geelong have seriously hit the nail on the head when it comes to the hot cross bun. Made with wholemeal flour, these morsels of joy are available by half dozen.

Address: 5 Ormond Rd, East Geelong


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Bakery by Local Geelong

Landing with a bang on Ormond Road just recently, Bakery by Local Geelong comes to us from the team behind Local Geelong, 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, both venues are offering delicious vegan hot cross buns. Made with organic 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: 8 Ormond Road, Geelong

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 Easters buns! Armed with a Chocolaterie twist, they’re serving up traditional fruit, triple choc chip or ruby raspberry buns 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

James Street Bakery

This is literally one of the all-time best cafes in Geelong. Giving the hard-working office staff in the CBD a cozy and relaxing coffee stop, James St Bakery is also all about the sweets. Amongst their many concoctions (and there are many, trust us) the bakery are making batches of hot x buns. With just the right amount of spice, marinated fruit and candied oranges, these Hot Cross Buns are arguably the best around! But don’t just take our word for it. They’re available until Thursday the 1st for eat-in and to order so give them a whirl.

Where: 10 James Street, Geelong

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