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Where to find Canberra’s best hot cross buns

It’s that time again! Prep your toasters, soften your butter and loosen your pants – we’re going on an Easter hunt for Canberra’s best hot cross buns.

A traditional hot cross bun features a white cross on top and contains dried fruits and mixed spices, such as cinnamon. If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, there are plenty of other flavours to choose from. You can get spiced buns without fruit, fruit buns without spice, chocolate and chocolate chip varieties, apple and cinnamon, mocha and more.

Here’s our quick guide to a few top options you’ll find around Canberra. And please let us know your favourite spots to hop into for hot cross buns, we can’t get enough of them!

Boujie bakeries

Hot cross buns taken to the next level!

Sonoma’s ‘not cross buns’ – find them on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. Photo: Alana Dimou.


Sonoma’s ‘not cross buns’ were a hit in the CW office and are available in classic and chocolate varieties. The Sonoma ‘S’ replaces the typical cross, and this year Sonoma have released a new, 12-pack pull apart loaf made for sharing and feastin. Visit them at 1/21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon; sonoma.com.au

Three Mills Bakery

Canberra institution Three Mills offer two options, traditional or chocolate and cherry, available to bake at home so you can enjoy them straight from the oven! Hit up threemillsbakery.com.au for all the sweet deets.


In Kingston and Fyshwick, Wildflour has a made a name for itself with its delicious, fresh-baked breads and pastries. They’re also baking fresh hot cross buns every day until Easter – check them out at 8 Townsville Street in Fyshwick and at 34 Eyre Street in Kingston, opposite Supabarn.

Bakers Delight

Can’t go past a HCB from Bakers – available in apple and cinnamon, choc chip, traditional, mocha, fruitless, choc berry, traditional and sourdough. Hop to it!

Supermarket stalwarts

Family favourites, year in year out!


Coles have a huge range of hot cross bun varieties, including flavours like white chocolate and raspberry, apple and cinnamon and sticky date and butterscotch. They’ve even got a fruit-free hot cross bun ice cream.


Woolies also has a super range of HCBs, including minis, brioche and a choc chip version made with Cadbury chocolate.


A controversial opinion, but Supabarn’s chocolate hot cross buns are a better buy than their original, trust us! Find your next HCB hit here: supabarn.com.au/store-locations/


Costco hot cross buns pack serious bang for the buck – members can head in store and get a 24 pack of signature buns for $9.99.

Dietary delights

Delicious and dietary-friendly!


Healthy hot cross buns made right here in Canberra? You’d better believe it! Everything Deeks does is 100% grain free – going beyond gluten-free. They’re also sans dairy, egg, nuts, preservatives, and colourants, catering for a suite of dietary requirements. Head to deeks.com.au to shop! 

A number of supermarkets also cater for some dietary requirements with their Easter hot cross bun selection, including gluten-free and vegan options.

Where’s your go to for Canberra’s best hot cross buns? Is there now an overabundance of choice? What even is a hot cross bun anymore? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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