Deceptively simple but oh-so-tasty, freshly baked bread has well and truly earned its spot as a favourite in picnic baskets, on cheese boards and topped with lashings of butter at the dinner table.
Nothing beats the smell of bread straight out of the oven, but not all breads are made equal – so here’s where you can get your mitts on the best breads in the Swan Valley.
Swan Valley Gourmet
The fresh sourdough from Swan Valley Gourmet tastes just like good homemade bread should - dense, chewy, and naturally fermented for a light tang. Grab a jar of seasonal, homemade jam, relish or honey, then take your pick of preservative-free wheat, spelt or gluten-free baguettes, artisan and sandwich loaves from the bread basket – but be warned, they’re so good they sell out superfast (so call the day before to make sure you don’t miss out).
Authentic French bread has a flavour unlike any other. Made with simple but top quality French ingredients using traditional recipes, the divine selection at Maison Saint-Honoré is baked fresh every day of the week. If you can look past the sublime and best-selling Parisian baguette (best served Parisian-style with ham and pickles), their range also includes sourdough baguettes, corn flour loaves, fig loaves, sourdough loaves and sourdough buckwheat bread.
Little Lamont’s Express
Your tastebuds will be truly tempted by the fantastic selection of mouth-watering ciabatta, slow fermented white loaves, quinoa and linseed loaves, Turkish bread and assorted bagels served up fresh every Saturday at Little Lamont’s Express. Their crunchy, tangy sourdough is the pick of the bunch, and you can choose from a range of dips, cheeses, olives and deli products to go with their beautiful loaves.
Guildford Town Bakery
This delightful family-run bakery in the heart of Guildford has a reputation for quality, so it’s no surprise that their classic sourdough and Viking dark rye loaves are deliciously moreish – but it’s their loaded focaccias that are an absolute must try. The olive and rosemary focaccia is generously topped with green and black olives, cheese, onion and crunchy pumpkin seeds, and baked through with rosemary. A brilliant, flavour-packed addition to a picnic, party or family dinner.
It doesn’t get much better than an authentic French baguette, fresh out of the oven from one of the Swan Valley’s best foodie spots. This crunchy classic, made with the finest ingredients, has been a best-seller at Providore for years, and it’s easy to taste why. With a delicious delicatessen section and their famous balsamic vinegars making the perfect pairing, Providore is a great choice to stock up for a picnic in the Valley.
Elmar’s in the Valley
Dark, heavy, and slightly sweet, German pumpernickel is a wonderfully unique style of bread with earthy aromas, deep colour and hint of chocolate flavour – and the best place in Perth to get your hands on some is at Elmar’s in the Valley. Their range of traditional rye, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed breads, topped with liverwurst or a good spread of mustard and Black Forest ham, will transport you to a whole other world, filled with delicious home-style European food.