North Adelaide is a beautiful suburb. Generous, green parks surround the clean and pretty tree-lined avenues. Old stone buildings rise up gracefully from well-paved streets and well-nourished gardens. It’s a short jog from the city, just across a small bridge. There is a plethora of food and drink places to fill almost every need and a 24-hour bakery to fill the donut sized hole in every stomach. Although we live out of the city, both my work and our church is in North Adelaide and it’s always a joy to come to.
Having been coming to North Adelaide, nearly daily for two years, it’s surprising I hadn’t come across Perryman’s Bakery before. Perhaps I was too single-minded towards Bakery on O’Connell, and with their 24-hour access and generous donuts, I didn’t look too hard elsewhere. However, one sunny Sunday I had been meandering around North Adelaide, wasting time by walking the streets, when I came across Perryman’s – a mere stone’s throw away from the main hub of O’Connell Street. The bakery was shut at the time, but peering in the windows I could tell it was a smaller affair and vowed to return another day.
It took nearly a year for me to get back to Perryman’s – my wondering past usually colliding with when it was shut. Then, finally one Wednesday, I saw people gathered outside tables in the front and a small queue out the door. I quickly joined that queue and snagged a couple of the chocolate, sprinkle donuts before they were all gone. The customers at the tables and in the queue appeared to be well-dressed and likely retired locals. The bakery itself was tiny, barely managing a few through its doors at any one time – but clearly, they have a dedicated lunch crowd for their high-quality pies. The other desserts looked delicious – the fruit tarts, in particular, looked absolutely phenomenal! The donut was good, definitely satisfying, but I think if I returned it would be for their other delicious looking pastries and goods.