Bakery on O’Connell is an Adelaide tradition, a cultural gem. You would be hard pressed to meet someone in Adelaide who hadn’t stumbled through this bakery’s doors at one time or another. It supplies the late-night revellers, the hungry mums with strollers, the tradies in hard hats, and the shift workers in uniform. I have never had a bad experience, the staff always smiling, friendly and helpful. The lines quick-moving, the food always delicious.
O’Connell’s is not a place of desperate measures. Cooked and fried daily, their wide range of pies, cakes and special donut display is constantly refreshed by the hundreds of punters they get through their doors. The quietest time I’ve been to O’Connell was at 7am, and I still had to wait in a small, yet quickly, moving queue. A good bakery, near the city centre and in a young professional hub gives them a flowing business throughout the day. At night, those stumbling home from a late night, turn away from their kebabs and chips, to salted caramel cronuts, fragrant lamb pies and fresh banana bread.
When I first attended O’Connell’s it sat a couple of blocks south from where it currently resides. The new establishment is more modern, larger and just as busy. The size of their donuts are impressive and they have an impressive range of fried sweet dough; from donut bombs stuffed with Nutella, to simple glazed donuts that have you licking every last speck of sugar off your fingertips. One of their classical, iced donuts has enough carbohydrates to energise a man for a week and enough sprinkles to cover Tasmania.
No matter what time, no matter what scenario, Bakery on O’Connell will serve you up just what you need. Enjoy!