Best hot cross buns in Melbourne and regional Victoria
Sate your appetite for hot cross buns with our guide to the best ones in Melbourne and Victoria - or make your own at home following our video.
We protest when hot cross buns hit the supermarket shelves months before Easter, but our appetite for these traditional treats shows no limit. Who can resist a fruity, fragrant, fluffy bun, especially one that’s lightly toasted and smothered in butter?
Annual polls show that fruity hot cross buns remain Australia’s favourite, while demand for artisan hot cross buns is as strong as those that grace our supermarket shelves.
Consumer group Choice tested 21 hot cross buns in March 2023, and Woolworths Traditional Fruit Hot Cross Buns topped the list, while Woolworths Luxurious Richly Fruited Hot Cross Buns came third. That’s great news for RACV Members, who can save 3% to 5% on gift cards from a range of Woolworths brands.
Easter is also one of the busiest times of the year for Le Petit Gateau patisserie in Melbourne’s CBD, which caters for both traditionalists and chocolate lovers. Their fruit buns and Swiss chocolate-infused buns are available until 6 April, with orders closing 4 April. They are also available at RACV City Club for members to enjoy in the refurbished Coffee Lounge or in the refined Gallery Lounge, which features Australian artwork. You can also try your own at home using Le Petit Gateau's recipe and following the video.
If you’re going away at Easter, there are plenty of award-winning bakeries in regional Victoria to taste test. Use the free arevo journey planner app to plan a sweet stop on your Easter road trip.
So, where can you get the best hot cross buns in Melbourne and regional Victoria? Which ones are worth crossing town to try? Here is a list of mouth-watering bonzer buns based on your recommendations on social media, our own taste tests, and the Baking Association of Australia’s annual hot cross bun competition.