Earning a reputation matching their wine (Habituel Healesville is a side project of Giant Steps, just up the road), their organic sourdough is special because of ‘Leroy’, the levain, or starter. Leroy produces a loaf with that distinctive sourdough tang, and a crumb that is moist and keeps for longer, giving you a perfect excuse to take some bread home with you.
While you’re thinking about organic sourdough, let your mind wander to sweet. Habituel’s croissants are hand made using French butter, alongside traditional canales, Portuguese tarts, muffins and simple but beautiful fruit and chocolate tarts. Available daily until they run out.
Habituel is also pretty enamoured with coffee, which is why coffee roaster Michael Austin roasts free trade organic beans upstairs at Habituel for sale in the café below. Strong, fruity and aromatic roasts, just the way they like. By air roasting in small batches, they achieve a very even roast with no charring.