Fitzroy's best-known warehouse bakery has made quite the name for itself in recent years. Run by brother-sister team Kate and Cameron Reid, Lune Croissanterie creates almost mathematically perfect croissants in their climate-controlled lab, each crisp and golden with visible layers of delicate pastry.
Seeing as these treats fly out of their Fitzroy shop by noon most days, the duo decided to expand to Melbourne's CBD in late 2018. Their CBD store is more of a takeaway joint, which is perfect for inner-city dwellers hunting for a coffee and pastry hit.
The store is small, sunk back into Russell Street with huge glass windows that has those lining up almost licking the panes in anticipation. There’s no seating inside, just a high marble table for that European, standing-room-only vibe. The majority of the croissant prep is done at the Fitzroy warehouse before the pastries are transported to the city for baking and selling.
The smell is what gets you. By baking in-store the air is filled with a rich, butter-heavy scent that is impossible to resist. Lune is selling a condensed variety of what’s available in Fitzroy, but it includes best sellers like the lemon curd cruffin, almond croissant, pain au choc and the signature, plain croissant.
Lune CBD is only open Monday to Friday, from 7am until 3pm or until everything’s sold out, which is a definite possibility, so keep that in mind if you're planning an after lunch run.