There seems to be ‘Bourke Street Bakerys’ popping up all over town on a regular basis. The original, in where else? Bourke Street, Surry Hills, has over the years, developed the bakery cafe hybrid and paved the way for artisan bakeries to flourish in Sydney. Its award winning formula of bakery first, cafe second has been slightly rejigged in it’s Marickville outpost which is tucked away amongst the factories of Marrickvile.
Here you don’t need to eat your pie standing on the pavement outside or perched on milk crates, as there are plenty of outdoor tables, inside benches and a big communal table. This is a very kid friendly environment, it’s bustling, with the baking on view behind glass and has a busy takeaway queue providing lots of people watching and colour and movement to distract little ones.
This Bourke street branch, not only encourages kiddie activity like colouring in, but goes one step further to proudly display the results on the wall. Such is their belief in the artistic abilities of kids, that they have even commissioned an eleven year old boy to design their t-shirts and colouring in sheets! The t-shirts are festooned above customers heads and are really good.
There are sandwiches, salads and daily specials but the go to eats here are the baked goods of course, no fuss sausage rolls, croissants, muffins and flakey pies which change on a regular basis to keep the regulars’ taste buds on alert. On my latest visit I ate the delicious new Tunisian, lamb and eggplant pie ($5) and the kids wolfed down their old favourite, a pork and fennel sausage roll ($4.50) while they coloured in and added to the wall art.
Make sure to leave room for a moist, mixed berry muffin and when paying take in the aroma of the sour dough loaves and take home a little piece of Bourke Street.