Just Open: Baker D Chirico pop-up, South Yarra

Baker D Chirico's new pop-up in Domain Road, South Yarra.
Baker D Chirico's new pop-up in Domain Road, South Yarra. Photo: Supplied

In news that will delight picnickers and Lycra-clad Tan-lappers of all denominations, artisan bread and pastry peddler Baker D Chirico has set up camp opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Operating as a short-term pop-up before making way for a bigger retail space on the site mid-2016,  it's shop number three for baker man Daniel Chirico and his partner Allona Goren.

You'll find all the usual Baker D calling cards, including hand-crafted sourdough breads, decadent brioche-style Friday challah, the famed bomboloni, and savoury pies (the beef ragu was voted best pie in Melbourne by Good Food earlier this year).

Baker D Chirico's beef ragu pie.
Baker D Chirico's beef ragu pie. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

The clever fitout by Goren, a trained interior designer, includes "contemporary surrealist" wallpaper art and packaging by long-term collaborator Misha Hollenbach.

While there's no seating or coffee machine yet (that will come with the expansion), you're welcome to bring a takeaway from neighbouring cafes for pastry-dunking purposes.

Better still – load up on Chirico booty, grab your coffee and ferry the lot across the road to the lush green sanctum of the gardens. A brisk lap of the Tan afterwards and you've more than earned your custard-filled bomboloni.

Hand-crafted sourdough bread at Baker D Chirico, South Yarra.
Hand-crafted sourdough bread at Baker D Chirico, South Yarra. Photo: Supplied

Open Tue-Fri 7.30am-6pm; Sat-Sun 7.30am-5pm.

183 Domain Road, South Yarra, bakerdchirico.com.au