Hungry? We quizzed our readers on where to find the best pies around the country. How many have you been to?
When it comes to food in Australia, you might hear about our lack of food culture. I’ll see your point and raise you the meat pie. There is nothing quite as Australian as stopping at a regional bakery on a road trip and indulging in one of the best pies you’ve had that you’ll dream of for years to come.
Everyone has a favourite pie shop they’ve been to around our beautiful country. So much so that when we asked our readers for their recommendations the comments came in thick and fast. Here, find a curated list of where to get the best pies around Australia, according to you, our well-fed readers.
Milkwood Bakery, Berry
In the heart of Berry on the NSW South Coast, you’ll find this little gem of a bakery that popped up quite a few times in your recommendations. They like to experiment with their flavours here, so expect some uniquely delicious pies.
Upper Crust, Collaroy
Coming in hot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches lies a yellow and green painted pie shop that apparently does a very good pie – you all certainly think so! With a consistent queue out the door, Upper Crust is a pie lover’s paradise.
Upper Crust has the best pies on the Northern Beaches. (Image: Destination NSW)
Dojo Bread, Braidwood
Don’t be fooled by the name, Dojo Bread in the Southern Tablelands town of Braidwood is much more than just bread. According to you, their pies are also worth the drive. So whether you’re stopping on your way in or out of Canberra, or you’re coming for the pies, Dojo Bread won’t disappoint.
The Redhead Bakehouse, Redhead
Serving all your trusty favourites, The Redhead Bakehouse has also branched out its offering with some specialty pies like chicken carbonara and steak, cheese and jalapeno. Yum!
Nimmitabel Bakery, Nimmitabel
The original Nimmitabel Bakery appeared in the recommendations a few times. Why not stop in on your next Snowy Mountains trip?
You all love this quaint bakery in Nimmitabel. (Image: Supplied)
Wild Ryes, Pambula
Located in Bega Valley Shire, Wild Ryes not only serves mouth-watering pies but also roasts their own coffee. Nothing better than a freshly ground coffee with your fresh-out-of-the-oven pie.
Wild Ryes also roasts their own coffee. (Image: Supplied)
The Bread Social, Tweed Heads
The Bread Social in Tweed Heads has a gourmet range of pies that you absolutely love. Featuring a braised local grass-fed beef pie, a lamb, veg and tomato pie with a polenta top, and a cauliflower and chickpea dahl pie, your tastebuds will be piqued.
Ganmain Bakery, Ganmain
The Ganmain Pie is somewhat famous, and the recipe is top secret. Located in the Riverina region of NSW, Ganmain Bakery produces up to 15,000 pies per week at some times of the year that are transported all over the state. But there’s no place better to try one than in their home bakery.
Ganmain pies are famous. (Image: Supplied)
Hayden’s Pies, Ulladulla
Driving along Princes Highway in Ulladulla, you can’t help but stop in at Hayden’s Pies. With a line always out the door, you have to figure out why right? Using quality, local ingredients, Hayden’s Pies is a delicious representation of the South Coast.
Hayden’s Pies is a South Coast destination. (Image: Supplied)
Ken’s Humble Pie Shop, The Entrance
Ken’s Humble Pie Shop was voted the Central Coast’s number one pie, and don’t you all agree! Ken uses only the freshest ingredients, prepared and cooked in a traditional time-honoured pie-making way. Meats are slow-cooked or roasted and topped with flaky pastry and baked to perfection.
Robertson Pie Shop, Robertson
The award-winning, famous Robertson Pie Shop is located in the Southern Highlands and is a popular destination for pie-lovers far and wide. Baked fresh daily, the pie shop makes a variety of savoury and sweet pies, so there’s something for everyone.
Try the pies at the famous Robertson Pie Shop. (Image: Supplied)
Ridgey Didge Pies, Abermain
Ridgey Didge Pies began by offering a small range of traditional flavoured gourmet pies and sausage rolls, which were so popular they expanded the menu with new flavours and tastes inspired by cultures around the world. They now have over 30 different varieties of gourmet pies for customers to choose from.
Ridgey Didge has over 30 different varieties of pies. (Image: Supplied)
Austro Bakery, South Melbourne
Austro is a local South Melbourne bakery with big ideas about producing small-batch, artisan products. Their pies are baked fresh every day with Central European flavours and techniques, but with modern accents to suit a Melbourne palate.
Austro Bakery has Central European influence. (Image: Supplied)
Gum Tree Pies, Yackandandah
Gum Tree Pies is a family-run pie shop near Beechworth, that has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition. You simply can’t go wrong with these delicious pies.
Parker Pies, Rutherglen
Parker Pies has 24 pie varieties available in-store or takeaway and every delicious pie is filled only with the freshest local produce available and encased in a crisp, golden pastry. Plus, they have vegetarian options, so everyone will be happy.
Parker Pies has a pie to suit all different tastes. (Image: Supplied)
High Country Bakehouse, Mansfield
High Country Bakehouse in Victoria’s High Country is worth the drive according to your recommendation. You’ll also get to see the beautiful landscapes of the area on the drive there.
Yatala Pies, Yatala
Yatala Pies has been a landmark for more than 130 years. From humble beginnings as a small pie shop that sold about 200 pies a day a little over a decade ago, Yatala Pies now sells more than 3,500 pies a day!
Chaffey’s Bakery, Chapel Hill
A city bakery with a country feel, Chaffey’s Bakery came up a few times as your favourite pies in Australia. They also serve lots of your traditional bakery faves.
Try the chunky pepper pie at Chaffey’s. (Image: Supplied)
Beefy’s Pies, South East Queensland
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Beefy’s has grown into a franchise across South East Queensland due to its pie success. It’s also gained the reputation of Australia’s best gluten-free bakery with 2020 and 2021 wins of Australia’s best gluten-free pie at the Official Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition.
Beefy’s Signature Steak Pie has been award-winning since 2002. (Image: Supplied)
Smith’s Specialty Pies, Salamanca Markets, Hobart
Smith’s Specialty Pies – home to Tassie’s famous scallop pies – appeared numerous times in the recommendations. And more specifically, Hobart’s Salamanca Markets Smith’s Pies truck. The traditional home-style baking includes a wide variety of pie flavours, with many awards being won over the years.
Ross Village Bakery, Ross
The Ross Village Bakery is the perfect place to take a break. They bake daily in the 1860 original wood-fired oven giving it an authenticity that is unmatched.
The woodfired oven gives the pies authenticity. (Image: Tourism Tasmania and Adrian Cook)
Port Elliot Bakery, Port Elliot
Port Elliot Bakery is an iconic part of Port Elliott in the Fleurieu Peninsula that you have all urged us not to miss! With a pie of the month, they are always refining their flavour combinations to bring a fresh taste to their customers.
Port Elliot Bakery is iconic. (Image: Josh Geelan)
Apex Bakery, Tanunda
Apex Bakery in the Barossa Valley is synonymous with pies. Having been in operation since 1924, there is plenty of history and plenty of experience within the walls.
Apex Bakery is synonymous with pies. (Image: South Australian Tourism Commission and Sven Kovac)
Pinjarra Bakery, Pinjarra
Pinjarra Bakery’s award-winning pies are the product of pie love, passion and only the best quality ingredients. Whether you prefer the classic favourites or the more gourmet, there’s something for every pie lover.
Try the ‘Bob’s your uncle’ Chunky Steak & Pepper Pie. (Image: Supplied)
Toodyay Bakery, Toodyay
Toodyay Bakery has won awards for their gourmet pies, sausage rolls and bread, also taking home the award for Australia’s Best Pastie in 2016.
The Bakery, Alice Springs
The Bakery is a local, family business in Alice Springs that prides itself on making quality products using quality ingredients. Their creative pies are made fresh from top-quality, locally sourced meats and vegetables, just the way you like it!
The Bakery uses only the best quality ingredients. (Image: Tourism NT and Neil Rilatt)
Tommo’s Pies, Darwin
Tommo’s Pies in Darwin began making pies back in the seventies and is still going strong today. Their premise is that a great pie doesn’t need bells and whistles. If a classic beef and mushroom is prepared just right, it can knock the socks off even the pickiest of eaters.