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.