Surry Hills gets simit: Malika Bakehouse expands with Turkish treats

Malika Bakehouse
(c) Katje F | Malika Bakehouse

Malika Bakehouse, a Turkish bakery and cafe, has opened its second location in Surry Hills, offering its signature sweet and savoury delights and authentic Turkish cuisine to the city. The new location in the inner city is a result of the overwhelming success of the original Malika Bakehouse in Botany, which is run by the team behind the CBD Middle Eastern eatery Above Par.

Customers can expect the same expert team of bakers serving Turkish delicacies like börek, menemen (chilli scrambled eggs), simit sandwiches, handmade gözleme, and tahini & walnut scrolls. The cosy bakehouse is conveniently located near the light rail on Crown Street and offers both indoor and outdoor seating options.

As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a picture window showcasing the in-demand sweet baked goods such as börek and künefe (sweet cheese pastry), which are freshly baked every day.

Perfect for breakfast or lunch, the all day brunch menu includes more-ish dishes such as Menemen (chilli scrambled eggs, homemade tomato chutney, peppers and bread), a signature Turkish Breakfast (including sucuk, cucumber, herbed feta, black olives, honey and kaymak, sigara börek, turkish bread and simit) and Handmade Gözleme.

For those looking for a quick bite, a selection of sandwiches made using house-baked simit bagels are available daily including Sucuk & Egg, Avocado (with grilled halloumi, black olives, tomatoes and zaatar), Falafel (with hummus, pickled peppers, cucumber, radish and chilli oil) and a classic Deli sandwich with beef pastirma, aged cheddar, crunchy pickles, red cabbage and ajvar.

A diverse range of delectable drinks, including Turkish coffee and tea, are also on offer.

Meaning “Queen” in Turkish, Malika was born from a combined passion for filling a much-needed gap in Sydney’s market for real Turkish food. Owners Efe Topuzlu and Ozgur Sefkatli grew up in Istanbul before meeting in Sydney. Since 2019, they have opened four venues in Sydney each focused on introducing Australians to authentic Turkish cuisine.

Co-owner Efe Topuzlu said, “We’re thrilled to have opened our second Malika Bakehouse location in Surry Hills. At Malika, we’re serving up a taste of authentic, traditional Turkish food – the type of food that people in Turkey would recognise and eat. We use recipes passed down through our families for generations to ensure we’re as authentic as possible, which has proven to be a hit with our regulars.”

“We’re creating a community at Malika. Breakfast is a ritual in Istanbul, where I grew up. You sit with your family and friends for hours. It’s the most social meal of the day. It’s a very special occasion and that is what we want to create here in Surry Hills.”

Malika Bakehouse
515 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia