Black Star Pastry’s New Location Takes A Trip Down Memory Lane

Peep the rolling pin ceiling

shop counter
Photo Courtesy Of Black Star Pastry

It’s a bakery that needs no introduction—Black Star Pastry—the little bakery that opened 13 years ago and started a global online frenzy with its strawberry watermelon cake. Since then, the humble store grew to four locations across Sydney and opened a storefront in Melbourne. They’ve sold thousands of pastries, sweets, and cakes. For anyone who has been to the original storefront in Newtown will be familiar with its cosy feel, but after 13 years, the unassuming hidden shop quietly served its last slice—at least in that location. 

The new location is housed in a heritage building at 325 King Street, a mere few meters from its flagship. Unlike the one before, this shop commands centre stage on Newtown’s main shopping strip, which is fitting for the brand’s growth and reputation. 

“Newtown is incredibly special to us, as it’s where Black Star Pastry’s journey began all those years ago,” says General Manager, Josef Murray. “Long before the strawberry watermelon cake and its legion of fans, it was Newtown’s locals who first embraced this budding bakery.” While Black Star Pastry outgrew the old location, prompting a search for a new store, its intention has always been to stay connected with this vibrant community.

Paying homage to its Newtown roots, the new store’s narrative is ‘nostalgia’. MKZ Architects—who conceived Black Star Pastry’s ‘turning page’ store at The Galeries – brought the new location to life by embracing the building’s heritage architecture and taking design cues from classic patisseries. 

Walking in, the space is warm and inviting. High ceilings, floorboards, marble benches, and arched windows all play a part in the pastry stores new identity, creating a high-end, but not stuffy space, where you can sit at the marble countertop, or by the windows, and enjoy a morning coffee with your pastry. As always, you can get your treat to go. 

The highlight of the space is the rolling pin ceiling installation—a tribute to the timeless art of baking. It surrounds the marble countertop, catching the morning light and adds to the store’s nostalgia narrative. 

The store will continue to serve all the usual staples—in addition to its original cakes, you can enjoy a range of quiches, pies, sausage rolls, pastries, croissants, and a brilliant egg and bacon breakfast roll.

Open from 7:30 am daily and now just 50 metres from Newtown station, the new location offers added convenience for coffee commuters as well as express access for cake collection.


Gordon’s Zesty New Gin Is A Taste Of The Mediterranean

Plus three recipes to try, flight not included

If you weren’t able to board your flight to Europe last year, don’t worry, Gordon’s Gin is bringing the sun-soaked Mediterranean to you with its new gin. Just in time before summer ends too. The zesty, juicy orange gin, resembles an Aperol Spritz but tastes far from it. 

Made from Mediterranean oranges, the citrus hit complements Gordon’s signature juniper gin, resulting in a refreshing summer tipple, served best over ice, with a splash of tonic, and an orange slice to garnish. 

The Orange Gin joins an already diverse and vibrant Gordon’s Gin flavour range. From luscious and berry-infused Gordon’s Pink to citrusy and tangy Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon, there is a flavour for any occasion. 

The Gordon’s Mediterranean orange Distilled Gin comes in a 700ml bottle and can be picked up at your local bottle store for $50. There is also a ready-to-drink bottle of gin and soda, which is $21.99 for a four-pack. You can also find this at your local liquor store. 

If you’re wondering what cocktail recipes should you try with the new gin, here are three to satisfy your Mediterranean summer cravings. 

How to serve the perfect Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange & Tonic:

30ml Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange Distilled Gin  
120ml Tonic Water 
Orange Wheel (to garnish) 

  • Fill a chilled large glass with ice cubes. 
  • Pour 30ml of Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange over the ice and top up with 120ml chilled tonic water. 
  • Garnish with a wheel of orange, then give it all a final stir. 

Orange Gin Martini
90ml Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange Distilled Gin
A dash of dry vermouth
Orange peel

  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker and a dash of vermouth depending on how dry you prefer your martini.
  • Pour in gin and stir
  • Peel a thin sliver of orange peel and reshape with a sharp knife. You can also twist it to get the same effect. 
  • Garnish chilled martini glass with the orange peel then strain gin in a glass.

Orange Gin Negroni
Orange peel
30ml Gordon’s Mediterranean Orange Distilled Gin
30ml sweet vermouth
30ml Campari

  • Pour the gin, vermouth and Campari into an old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes or one large artisanal cube. 
  •  Stir well
  • Squeeze the orange peel over the glass then twist and garnish the negroni.