Where to find the best (and free) Hot Cross Buns in Melbourne this Easter

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Easter is just around the corner, and we're here to help you indulge in the season's most delicious treat: hot cross buns! Skip the supermarket aisles and head to one of Melbourne's incredible local bakeries for the freshest, most flavorful buns you can find.

In this post, we'll share our top picks for the best hot cross buns in Melbourne. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, 27th March! Nelson Alexander is partnering with each of these bakeries to offer a free hot cross bun – try one of their delicious creations on us!

Mister Nice Guy's Bakery - Ascot Vale

Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop in Ascot Vale caters to dietary needs with their delicious kosher, vegan, and largely organic baked goods. This Easter, indulge in their take on the classic hot cross bun – a spiced sweet roll packed with juicy sultanas and currants. Made with wheat flour and yeast, these buns are light and fluffy, offering a delicious twist on a traditional Easter treat.

Baketico - Brunswick and Collingwood

Beyond Raymond Capaldi's renowned Wonder Pies, Baketico offers a bounty of deliciousness. Artisanal breads, handmade sweets by Nana Fraser, and grab-and-go deli produce fill their shelves. This Easter, don't miss their hot cross buns – soft, fluffy treats brimming with seasonal fruits and aromatic spices, all finished with a glistening glaze.

Calle Bakery - Carlton North

Nestled on Rathdowne Street in Carlton North, Calle Bakery is a haven for bread lovers. Freshly baked every day, their pastries, croissants, and sourdough bread are legendary. This Easter, be sure to grab their traditional hot cross bun – a melt-in-your-mouth delight packed with fruit and spice.

Two Franks - Coburg

Run by sisters who grew up in the neighbourhood, this friendly spot offers pastries, coffee, and take-home goods sourced from their favourite local suppliers. This Easter, they're thrilled to welcome back a beloved partnership: Two Franks x Noisette! Grab some of Noisette's delicious hot cross buns – they're perfect for gifting, sharing with your family, or indulging in a well-deserved Easter treat.

Too Good Bakers - Aberfeldie

Aberfeldie's Too Good Bakers is a family-run gem that's become a local favourite. Be warned - their hot cross buns are so delicious, they fly off the shelves!

Double Dutch Bakery - Kensington

Double Dutch Bakery uses local ingredients for fresh sourdough hot cross buns with perfectly balanced spice and juicy fruit. Their buns are made with a unique blend of flour, St. David's milk, and cultured butter, soaked in orange juice and Strange Love's Very Mandarin Soda for extra flavour. Slow-fermented dough ensures a soft texture.

Ripples & Co - Ivanhoe East

Ivanhoe East's beloved Ripples Cafe, owned by the husband-and-wife team of George and Annie, is bringing back a taste of tradition to the village this Easter with their classic hot cross buns. Expect all the warm spices and juicy fruit you crave, nestled in a perfectly soft dough. These buns are sure to be a delicious addition to your Easter celebrations.

Cannoli Bar - Avondale Heights

Avondale Heights' Sicilian gem, Cannoli Bar, adds a twist to Easter with their fresh-baked sourdough hot cross buns, available alongside their legendary cannoli. Savor these beauties with a cup of Italian-style coffee on a sunny Sunday morning.

Frank + Harri - Kew

Founded by two passionate sisters, Frank & Harri is a local Kew patisserie serving handcrafted pastries, cakes, and all-day brunch. This Easter, they're offering traditional hot cross buns – house-made with cider-soaked fruit and a spiced glaze.

Phil's Bakery - Northcote

Westgarth institution, Phil's Bakery, has been a beloved local haven for decades. This traditional bakery offers a bounty of choices, from savoury pies and pasties to homemade soups and fresh rolls. This Easter, don't miss their classic hot cross buns, a longstanding favourite among locals.

Biskie - Pascoe Vale

Gaffney Street favourite, Biskie, is serving up their crowd-pleasing hot cross buns this Easter! Made with wholesome spelt flour and baked fresh daily in-house, these seasonal treats are available until Easter Sunday. Don't miss out!

Publique - Preston

This Easter, don't miss Publique Bakery's delicious hot cross buns at the iconic Preston Market. Choose from traditional or decadent chocolate, both made with Publique's renowned artisan touch.

Sargent's Cakes - Reservoir

A Reservoir institution, Sargent's Cakes has been baking memories for decades. People travel from afar for their legendary pies and cakes, and returning customers often remark on how Sargent's lives up to cherished memories. This Easter, continue the tradition with their time-tested hot cross buns.

Whether you prefer your Hot Cross Buns chocolate or traditional, buttered or toasted–Melbourne has a hot pick for you to choose from this Easter.

**One per person, available until allocation is exhausted.
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