Cakes, tarts and pastries – all we can say is yes please!
Calling all lovers of sweets far and wide! Sometimes the best things in life are a piece of cake, literally.
And because we love sweets so much, we’ve compiled a list of our nine favourite patisseries and cake shops around Melbourne. You’re welcome.
So whether you’re into a traditional French patisserie or something fabulously fusion, bite-sized tea desserts or buttercream frosted layer cake; we know you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in our guide of Melbourne’s best cake shops and patisseries to visit in 2021!
In the heart of Melbourne’s iconic South Melbourne Market you will find Agathé Pâtisserie. Famed for their authentic French pastries and cakes, here you’ll be able to bask in awe of their wide selection of golden brown pastries, airy croissants and gleaming fruit tarts. You’re going to want to try them all. Our personal favourites include Agathé’s traditional French croissant, Pain Au Chocolat and fantastic Apple Turnover that is coated with a layer of granulated sugar. Agathé also loves incorporating non-traditional French ingredients into their pastries, such as their bright green Pandan Croissant or Matcha Almond Croissant Slice. Always flakey, always delicious; you can’t go wrong with Agathé Pâtisserie.
LuxBite is the unique and innovative patisserie you’ve been looking for. Get ready for traditional French baking methods combined with nostalgic flavours from their Malaysian heritage. You’ll be salivating looking at their wide selection of 100% French butter croissants, each filled with something you might not expect. From Pandan Cream and Black Truffle & Hazelnut to Rose, Raspberry and Lychee, as well as a Macadamia Praliné and Biscoff spread – LuxBite always keeps you on your toes. For your visit, we recommend their Signature Tea Set which includes nine of LuxBite’s most iconic celebration cakes that have been miniaturized into bite-sized tea cakes.
Like us, you’ve probably grown up with Brunetti. This authentic Roman pasticceria first began trading in Faraday Street Carlton in 1985. Since then, Brunetti continues to show their dedication to pastry through their mouthwatering selection of celebration cakes, bite-sized desserts, gelato and, of course, excellent Italian-style coffee from the bar. Their stunning Flinders Lane location is the perfect spot for large groups for any occasion. Our personal favourites from Brunetti include their Tiramisu Semifreddo, Lemon Brulee Tart, Nutella Cannoli and their delectable Coffee Éclair. To experience true Italian pasticceria, Brunetti is where you want to be.
Sucre Du Jour
Sucre Du Jour is the humble patisserie and bakery that will delight you with their delicately crafted celebration cakes, tarts, pastries and petit gateaux. This patisserie is all about blending traditional French baking methods with a little bit of Melbourne flare, that results in some truly sensational sweets. Eigen Ting and Josephin Tan always dreamed of opening an elegant, chic and modern patisserie in Melbourne that the whole community could enjoy. With years of training in some of the best restaurants and hotels, their exquisite offerings are unforgettable. We love Sucre Du Jour and we know you will too.
Lune Croissanterie offers a croissant experience unlike any other. They pride themselves on delivering only the best French viennoiserie baked with precision, care and appreciation for the craft – this is why each croissant takes three days to develop its unique flavour and texture. We recommend starting off with their Traditional French Croissant or Pain Au Chocolat. Once inducted into the Lune Croissanterie club, try their picturesque Persian Love Cake, Cheese or Vegemite Escargot. And, to make things even better, Lune is always creating limited-edition items or bringing back vintage cult classics. To get your hands on one of these buttery sensations act quick – they sell out faster than you can say croissant.
La Belle Miette
This specialty patisserie is known for its premium macarons, bonbons and dragées (chocolate coated nuts and fruits). La Belle Miette translates to “beautiful crumb” in French or, more fittingly, a “small beautiful thing”. Perfectly describing their delightful bite-sized offerings, La Belle Miette uses premium ingredients, pure fruit purees and high-quality vanilla beans to make their macarons. They also use chocolate from premium producers and butter from an Australian dairy producer that utilises traditional European methods. Treat yourself to a leisurely Parisian inspired afternoon tea at one of their beautiful locations, or grab an adorable macaron gift box to take home.
This charming bakery feels like it should exist in a children’s storybook. They use high-quality and seasonal ingredients from local Australian producers and farmers markets. The powerhouse behind these delicious cakes is Nat Paull who has brought many years of experience in the pastry game and irreverent creativity to the bakery. Offering an expansive selection of delicious and innovative sweet offerings, grab a slice of something nostalgic like their Lemon Tart, Hummingbird Layer Cake or Sponge Cake with Passionfruit Curd. Or, for something different, try their Sour Cream Cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce and cookie crumb or their Salted Dulce De Leche Cheesecake. Hungry yet?
Bibelot is the place you come to satisfy your sweet tooth. From their beautiful South Melbourne venue, you’ll be tempted by their wide selection of divine handcrafted cakes, bonbons, macarons and biscuits – each one made with pure artisanship that pays homage to traditional French patisserie. Bibelot also serves up some of Melbourne’s best gelato, and not to mention their diverse selection of artfully crafted chocolates. To get the full Bibelot experience try their beautiful Gourmandise tasting board which includes some of their most signature chocolate bonbons, biscuits, macarons and, of course, their famous Petits Gâteaux. And, according to Bibelot, this is best enjoyed with a cheeky glass of bubbly. Don’t mind if we do!
Millstone Patisserie is the warm and inviting patisserie with an incredible selection of cakes and tarts, pastries, petit gateaux, buttercream layer cakes and sponge cakes. Seriously, they’ve got it all. They also specialise in custom cakes where you can work with them to create the perfect flavour combination, decorations and designs for your next special occasion. Each one of their celebration cakes consists of four layers of butter cake that have been sandwiched between a variety of fillings and coated with a thick layer of decadent buttercream. And, not to mention, this patisserie also caters to all of your dietary needs with their beautiful selection of vegan and gluten-free offerings that will convince even the most discerning of sweets lovers.
To find all the carbs you could ever dream of and more, check out our guide to 2020s 10 best bakeries in Melbourne. Why not make it a day and enjoy your new-found favourite treat at one of these 10 best picnic spots to view the Melbourne skyline? Just be sure to pack the picnic blanket!