La Panella Bakery

I’m pretty sure every vegan in Melbourne knows about the wonderful La Panella Bakery.

Located in Preston, this completely vegetarian bakery offers a wide range of vegan treats, from savoury pies to sweet scrolls. You can buy hot pies – ready to eat, or cold ones from the fridge to take home and freeze/cook later. Whenever I go, I stock up with a few spares.

The prices are super decent – sausage rolls and pies go for around the $2-3 mark, and sweet treats vary according to the item. You can quite easily walk out of there with a bag full of goodies for under $20.

It isn’t gourmet quality, but it satisfies that craving for a good old pie and sauce when you need one. Oh and did I mention it is dirt cheap?!

This bounty is from a trip I took a couple of months ago, and continued to eat for the following weeks.

lapanella1 First up, a coffee scroll. A doughy piece of goodness, with a sticky sweet coffee flavoured icing.

lapanella3I can’t remember if this was the classic or the mushroom pie.

lapanella4They kind of look and taste the same to me – both are filled with a chewy TVP-based mince with a rich gravy-like sauce. Classic!

lapanella2The pastie! I was never the biggest fan of pasties, probably because it was always the only veggie option in lieu of pies and sausage rolls. This pastie was generous in size and packed with various vegetables, including what seemed like shredded potato. It had a kind of strange side flavour – hard to explain, but once I tasted it I couldn’t not.

lapanella5This is whatever the first pie wasn’t. I’m guessing classic, because it just has one little symbol on top.

lapanella6Mmm…pie.

lapanella11Sausage roll. Who knows what goes inside a sausage roll? Not me. This was a good replica of that sausage roll you’d get at the school canteen with one of those squeezy packs of tomato sauce that would always spit at you when you cracked it open.

lapanella7As you can probably guess, this is the curry pie. A different kind of gravy, with a few extra veggies thrown in. A nice alternative, but I prefer the plain.

lapanella8What’s this – a hot jam donut? You betchya!

lapanella9Almond and walnut hedgehogs. I wouldn’t recommend these – you can’t really taste much chocolate, so it kind of feels like eating a block of wax. Sorry La Panella, I still love you though!

lapanella10And finally, lemon and jam tarts. I liked the lemon – it had a bit of tang to it, however the jam was sickly sweet. From memory, they always are though.

So there you have it, my last La Panella haul. You all know where it is…get on board and enjoy some cheap, classic baked goods.

La Panella Bakery
465 High St, Preston
Mon – Fri – 6am – 6pm
Sat – 6am – 5pm
Sun 6am – 4pm

18 thoughts on “La Panella Bakery

  1. Heh, my husband was going past there today and I asked him to get me a small treat and he came home with a big apple scroll/sweet bread thing! I had a jam donut from there last week, there was so much jam I almost (but didn’t!) had to take some OUT. Who does that?! I’ve tried those walnut choc slices and wasn’t a fan. I love the curry pies the most I think! Have to give you a thumbs up for veggies on the side, I usually just eat the pie 😛

    1. Yeah, I was very impressed by the salad with the pies. I usually eat them straight from the bag. 🙂 I know what you mean about the chocolate slices. They look fantastic, but don’t really have much taste. I much prefer the donuts. La Panella is dangerously close to my house, so I have to restrain myself sometimes.

      1. Well, I ate the initial stuff straight from the bag, but I felt that to justify eating it at home as dinner it needed a little bit more, haha. I think I tried the iced donuts the time before, but there weren’t any this visit. Do they do vegan lamingtons? I have been craving lamington lately. Luckily it’s a bit of a trip away for me, though now I often drive around the area while at work, it is hard to resist!

    2. Hehe I’ve never had a problem with too much jam in a jam donut, how crazy! My boyfriend went to La Panella not long ago and popped by and left a scroll in my mailbox. Luckily I got to it before the ants did.

  2. Oh Em Gee! Those pies! They look so perfect, especially the TVP & gravy filled ones, and I would love to try one of the lemon tarts and the Coffee Scroll. La Panella is definitely on my must visit list for when I make it to Melbourne.

    1. I’m not sure actually, but quite some time! It is quite unassuming – it is along a strip of asian stores and groceries, and it’s not madly advertised as a veg bakery. I think it’s one of those things you find out about through other vegans. It has a kind of cult following!

  3. I need to fill my freezer with those mushroom pies! It would make my winter a whole lot happier.

    This is probably the most comprehensive La Panella post I’ve ever seen, thanks for doing the hard yards. 😉

    1. It’s a tough job, eating pastries!

      I definitely need to go back to get some freezer stock – this visit was probably back in March or April so it’s definitely been long enough. And you’re right – pies are perfect comfort food for winter!

  4. That scroll looks ah-maz-ing. I haven’t had a pastie in years! What a great idea. I might make some as a winter treat. Thanks 🙂

      1. Oh gosh. That sounds like a challenge. What have I got myself into? Haha. Ok, I’ll give it a whirl and let you know how it goes 🙂

  5. Haha, bookmarking this again, Caeli! Gosh these vegan pies and treats and everything are making me scream for them – they look yummy though! I’m hungry right now…I want that curry pie, ahhhh! ❤

    1. Hehe, I went back recently for another pie too! It is definitely nice and cheap – just don’t go with any expectations of gourmet quality 😉 It is your stock standard pie! Nothing more, nothing less!

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