There's not much that gets me tumbling out of bed at 8:15am on a weekend morning. Not for the gym, no chance of a morning yoga class, too early for a hair appointment, no dog to walk thank god... But for Bakery 47, that magnificent southside gem, I find myself walking the mile or so in the wind and rain to take my place in the queue outside of their small premises every other weekend. By their 9:00am opening time a queue of a dozen or so people tend to have gathered, all peering through the steamed up windows of their Victoria Road hub to see what insane range of deliciousness awaits that morning. The simple eat in space fills up immediately with regulars eager to indulge in the refreshingly simple mix of fresh bread, eggs and coffee from the weekend's guest brewer.
I love the feeling of popping by... It feels like the most popular hidden gem of all-time, yet it does definitely retain a neighbourhood feel with friendly first name greetings, familiar routines and ritualistic purchases. For me, it's got to be some chocolate hazelnut croissants, an earl grey scone and some country sourdough bread to nip home with and get some hearty bacon sandwiches on the go. Unlike most premises their popularity means that they don't have standard opening hours, the sign on the door reads 9:00am til sold out. And they ain't kidding! Get down early, troops... And be sure to keep an eye out for some of their eclectic pop guests and events.