When it comes to a sweet pastry treat, no one can beat the French. Luckily, Melbourne has attracted a number of chefs who strive towards the greatest of patisserie standards, and are willing to share their creations with all sweet-tooth connoisseurs. Here are the top 5 patisseries, hand selected for your tasting pleasure.
Rouge La Cuisine D’Armadale
The cosy, rustic feel of this beautiful boutique patisserie and café is enough to transport your senses to Paris itself. Bouquets of flowers are scattered throughout, and the outdoor courtyard setting allows the delicious scent of fresh pain-au-chocolat to drift past the tables. The menu is simple, yet full of the delicate flavours that are the signature of French cuisine. From the café-style menu to the exquisite array of patisserie items, you are bound to find something to delight your tastebuds here. Friendly, efficient staff are on hand to assist you in every way, and will strive to make your dining experience the best possible.
Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie
Traditional French décor adorns this lovely patisserie. Run by chef Neil McKenzie (trained at Le Cordon Bleu) and his wife, you know you are in the very best of hands here. If you’re concerned about sugar, make sure you enquire about the tasty creations made with natural sweeteners, or the sugar-free options on the menu. Rumoured to have the best almond croissant in Melbourne, the Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie also boasts authentic lemon tarts and macaroons that are simply to die for.
A relative newcomer to the competitive patisserie scene, Noîsette is also a boulangerie and a chocolaterie. Heaven! From the creamy cappuccino to the crisp croissants, this charming patisserie simply delights the senses. Breton David Menard brings all of his experience as a fifth generation baker from the French city of Nantes, and it is definitely reflected in the stunning array of delicacies on display. Cakes, baguettes, and hand-crafted chocolates… Noîsette truly has it all!
This adorable Café and Patisserie has so much French style charm, and the mouth-watering sweets are all arrayed on colourful cake stands for your viewing pleasure. Famous for its cupcakes, the die- hard fan will not be disappointed. Owner Zoi Condos received her training at the famous French Culinary Institute, and the results speak for themselves. Moist, fluffy and exquisitely flavouredcupcakes are definitely the dessert of the day here. Stop by and try one with a delicious barista made coffee, and you will never want to leave.
Le Petit Gâteau
Every day, award-winning pastry chef Pierrick Boyer creates a range of tempting cakes and tarts with the seriously discerning patisserie fan in mind. His indulgent range will tempt even the most reluctant sweet tooth! One of his signature cakes is a Brownie and Passionfruit Chocolate Gâteau. This contemporary creation boasts a brownie base, crunchy praline, smooth passionfruit custard filling, topped with a sensuously smooth chocolate mousse. The perfect mix of rich and refreshing, it has won numerous awards in the top cuisine circles. If you are more of a classic fan, you can’t go past the sheer indulgence of his Praline Mud Cake, topped with a smooth hazelnut chocolate icing. Pure bliss for the chocolate lover!
For the finest French style patisserie, you can’t beat these top 5 masters of their craft. Allow yourself to be tempted by the most decadent desserts in Melbourne. With such an amazing selection, the only question is which one to visit first!