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The best patisseries in Melbourne

Got a taste for the sweeter things in life? Here are our favourite Melbourne pastry shops

By Time Out editors and Rushani Epa
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It's amazing that pastry, at its simplest, is just flour, lots of butter, sugar, and maybe an egg or two. Yet Melbourne's best bakeries and patisseries have crafted a diverse range of treats from these raw ingredients, from what could be the best croissants in the world to old-school cakes you want to take home to your grandmother.

Still got a sweet tooth? Treat yourself and some friends at Melbourne's best doughnut shops and grab some doughy treats. 

Melbourne's best patisseries

11. La Belle Miette

Restaurants Melbourne

La Belle Miette (meaning "beautiful crumb" or, more broadly, “beautiful small thing") is a small French patisserie specialising in small, hand-held treats like macarons, bonbons and chocolate dragees. Macarons are made using pure fruit purees, premium vanilla beans and Fleur de Sel and can be purchased individually or in complementary flavoured boxes like fruits and flowers; chocolates, nuts and caramels; or pink and lilacs.  

12. Balha’s Pastry

Restaurants Brunswick

There’s more to Middle Eastern pastries than baklava. Get a crash course in Lebanese treats at Balha’s Pastry, where you can buy date-filled ma’mouls, kadaif (pistachio bird’s nest), and namoura (semolina cake) by the kilo. Come during Ramadan or the before the Eid celebrations for special festive treats. 

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Brunetti
Photograph: Graham Denholm

13. Brunetti

Restaurants Carlton

Brunetti has been around since 1985, and the café has grown into a sprawling ode to the Italian pasticceria, with cabinets of whole cakes, macarons, and perfect, glossy domes of creaminess. The best things, however, are still the traditional biscotti, cannoli, and amaretti, best enjoyed with a coffee on the side. 

Rustica Sourdough pastries
Photograph: Supplied

14. Rustica Sourdough

Restaurants Fitzroy

Rustica’s Ispahan croissant is possibly the most photogenic croissant in Melbourne. Twice baked with a raspberry and lychee filling and topped with a trickle of pink icing and dried flowers, they are flaky on the outside and jammy and bread-and-butter pudding-like inside. We’re willing to pay $7 for a croissant if this is what we’re getting.

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Donuts at Candied Bakery
Photograph: Graham Denholm

15. Candied Bakery

Restaurants Spotswood

This Spotswood bakery countertop looks like a bake sale, with cakes, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and breads coming out of the kitchen daily. The Danishes made with seasonal fruit are glossy and puffy with a rich butter flavour. And the best part is there are vegan treats that aren’t tokenistic. You won’t see a single bliss ball but plenty of whole cakes, cookies, and spicy cinnamon rolls. 

Keep the sweet treats going

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Photograph: Graham Denholm

The best chocolate shops in Melbourne

Shopping Chocolate and sweets

Chocolate is full of powerful antioxidants and helps the release of serotonin. Basically, it's good for you (or so we wish to believe). If you're going to eat it, you may as well treat yourself to the best – these are our favourites. 

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