Not once have we managed to drag ourselves across to Ascot Vale, where Crumbs have been baking vegan-friendly goodies for years. This is ridiculous, I know. In 2012 they've graciously met us more than half way, setting up a sister shop in North Melbourne with an irresistible window display.
While I believe their source bakery is more of a mix, the North Melbourne store's baked goods are exclusively vegan. (However they do offer dairy milk for coffee, and sell eggs and honey.) There's a few coeliac-friendly sweets in the mix too, including this dense chocolate brownie. But if you're up for some wheat flour with your white sugar, look no further than the lemon curd-centred doughnuts ($3.50 each). Omitting the eggs has simply left more room for bracing lemon and I'm all for it.
We should give their bread a go too, but we'll most likely be driven back to test whether any of the other sweets can out-do that doughnut. We're also eagerly anticipating the tofu and mushroom pies and sausage rolls that they promised are in the works.
The North Melbourne Crumbs was visited on the same day as us by Mel of Veganise This!. It has also received positive reviews from new international students, And Lashings Of Ginger Beer and The Good Hearted.
There's appreciation for Crumbs goods at other locations on Vegan About Town, Consider The Sauce and CRAP SPATULA.
Crumbs Organic Bakehouse
16 Errol St, North Melbourne
veg treats and bread up to ~$7 each
Accessibility: Crumbs has a flat entry and excellent views of all their goods. Seats and benches are set against the wall and are tall. Ordering and payment takes place at a low counter. There aren't any toilets.