• Convent Bakery

    Convent Bakery

    Melbourne’s beautiful old-styled bakery on the Yarra river.

About Us

Once a home for the Sisters of Good Shepherd, surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park, the Abbotsford Convent with its 11 magnificent buildings is an extraordinary place and is becoming an important art, educational and cultural precinct in Melbourne.

Once upon a time, seven years ago, Domenico Raco with his team established from inception the Convent Bakery, now a renowned, reputable and wisely known institution within the Abbotsford Convent precinct.

Nestled within the wall of the Convent Annexe or Kitchen wing are two magnificent wood fired mansory ovens built in 1901. Amazingly it is in these ovens that the Convent Bakery, through the hands of Artisan Bakers produces a unique variety of old-fashioned wood fired bread.

Heritage, great service and wonderful food.

Once home to the sisters of the good shepherd, the Abbotsford grounds are surrounded by magnificent gardens and historical architecture. The heritage site today hosts many events and markets on weekends.

Nestled in this beautiful ground, The Convent Bakery is caretaker of two grand wood fire masonry ovens, built in the 1900s. Italian baker, Domenico Raco and his family fired up the oven in 2005.

Authentic, family atmosphere and inclusive.

Recently renovated to bring a more contemporary feel, The Convent Bakery retains its old world charm, offering breakfast, lunch, alcohol license, functions and bread-making classes.

Coffee beans are sourced from around the world, fair trade, certified organic and roasted on-site.

Domenico and his family also proudly support the Gateway children’s fund and The Alkira Foundation.

Our Products & Services

Products we produce onsite daily, classes and events we do:
Beginners making bread class
School classes
Artisan bread class
The warm complex aroma of a freshly baked loaf of bread can be an utterly tantalising experience; it brings a house to life and enriches every food it accompanies.

Bread making and baking in general should be simple and most importantly fun.

Our bread making workshops will encourage you to have fun at home experimenting with your bread.

We’ll talk you through the bread baking process, explaining each step along the way and it will allow you to replicate at home for the enjoyment of friends and family.

Beginners making bread class
Abbotsford, VIC

Our aim is to thoroughly engage students to become more effective life-long learners.

This is achieved by giving them innovative applied learning experiences in the classroom, and in the bakery, that they will never forget.

What the students will get

  • A truly educational, hands-on, and fun experience at school (Part 1 – Incursion).
  • An opportunity to create two fresh baked items in the bakery (Part 2 – Excursion).
  • New knowledge of how to bake with yeast.
  • The thrill of creating and eating their own baked goodies.
  • An escorted tour of the historic bakery.
  • Expert tuition from an experienced and passionate Artisan baker and educator.
  • We provide all ingredients, program materials and refreshments.

Incursion (Part 1): At your school (up to 1 hour to suit your class time).

Excursion (Part 2): At the bakery for 2 hours.

Perfect for: Students (Grades 3 – 12).

Theme options: A: Science, B: Health & Physical Education, or C: Food Technology.

All incursion and excursion themes are designed to meet the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum.

Further class details available at: www.intoexcursions.com

Enquiries: M: 0405 120 074

E: info@intoexcursions.com

School classes
We are introducing a new exciting Artisan bread class.

The focus of the class will be on ciabatta and turkish breads. These are breads with large air holes, the perfect companion to your favourite pasta dish.

Artisan bread class
The Convent Bakery caters for all types of events wither it is a workshops, meetings or seminars within the Abbotsford Convent grounds or a celebration at our quirky little rustic place where you can relax among friends and celebrate life with great food and wine.

We will assist in creating a moment filled with laughter and smiles, making sure your taste buds are well looked after by our chefs and your waiter ensures your night is memorable in the place where friendships grow. 

For enquiries please email admin@conventbakery.com or phone 9419 9426.

Our goods are freshly hand-made by our passionate qualified bakers and pastry chefs.

Simply email our wholesale manager to get in touch regarding an enquiry: wholesale@conventbakery.com



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Contact Us

1 Saint Heliers St, Abbotsford
Victoria, 3067
Our Phone
(03) 9419 9426
Open Hours
Monday – Sunday: 7am – 5pm.