Sandy Bake Shop: A Hidden Gem in Balmain for Classic Cakes and a Cuppa Tea

Sandy Bake Shop's cakes, in Balmain, Sydney

Sandy Bake Shop in Balmain is a quaint little bakery that has been serving up some of the best cakes and biscuits in the area. 

Sandy Bake Shop front shop windowSandy Bake Shop entrance. Photo by Kirsten Lowe.

This charming bakery is run by talented baker Janelle Barnes, originally from New Zealand. The shop is named Sandy after her mother.

Janelle has crafted a menu of simple classics that remind the GenX crowd of our childhoods in the 70s and 80s. 

Sandy Bake Shop with Janelle Barnes. There also stands and bowls with lemons and plums. Sandy Bake Shop with owner Janelle Barnes. Photo by Kirsten Lowe.

The classic sweets on offer on any given day may include chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles on top, carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, lemon and blueberry loaves, and jammy dodgers. Savoury options include cheese scones and soft pretzel with everything bagel seasoning. 

Window display of a range of classic sweet and savoury treats at the Sandy Bake ShopA range of classic sweet and savoury treats at Sandy Bake Shop. Photo by Kirsten Lowe.

There is also a range of cookies and biscuits to take away as well. 

But that’s not all—Sandy’s also offers a refreshing selection of tea served in teapots kept warm under the cutest knitted cosies with those retro-style souvenir spoons. Other beverages include filter coffee and a range of cold drinks. 

A spread of sweet and savoury treats and two pots of tea in tea cosies on a table. A spread of sweet and savoury treats for an afternoon tea at the Sandy Bake Shop. Photo by Kirsten Lowe.

The shop is cozy and inviting, with a rustic feel that makes you feel right at home. It’s the perfect spot to have a chat to Janelle, catch up with friends or to just take a short break for yourself before going back to work. 

There is a long table both inside the shop and in the outdoor seating area.

The interior of the Sandy Bake Shop showing a long wooden table and chairs.Interior of Sandy Bake Shop. Photo by Kirsten Lowe.

If you’re looking for a cake for a special occasion, Sandy Bake Shop has got you covered. They offer a variety of custom cakes, including her famous ‘Simple is Best’ chocolate birthday cake, ‘Nana loved a Carrot Cake’, apple and sage cake, and orange and blackberry cake. All cakes are made to order, so be sure to place your order in advance to ensure availability.

So if you’re in the Balmain area, a visit to Sandy Bake Shop is a must. Whether you’re in the mood for a slice of cake, a cup of tea, or just want to soak up the cozy atmosphere, this bakery is the perfect spot. 

Saturday Crafternoons at Sandy Bake

Sandy Bake’s Facebook page mentions a Saturday Crafternoon session from 1.30–3.30pm. 

You bring your own project, have a cuppa tea, cake and enjoy a nice chat around the table whilst you do your crafting activity. 

Address and Opening Hours

Shop 7/332 Darling St, Balmain, Sydney, NSW

  • Thursday 8.30am — 3.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am — 3.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am — 3.30pm

Where to find Sandy Bake online

Facebook: Sandybakeshop