If you’ve ever wondered about the source of the mouth-watering scent wafting about as you make your way to Ash Street or the Ivy, it’s most certainly coming from Lorraine’s Patisserie. Beneath a diminutive yellow-and-white awning sits one of Sydney’s top pastry shops, manned daily by veteran pastry chef Lorraine Godsmark and her staff of pâtissiers. After years as head pastry chef at Rockpool and proprietor of Yellow in Potts Point, Merivale group snapped her up, and she’s continued honing her craft under their aegis ever since. The kitchen is bigger than the takeaway-only retail space, with wrap-around windows so you can watch the team create crowd pleasers like Lorrain’s date tart (which she personally bakes), feather-light cheesecake and intensely chocolate brownies.
When you’re enticed into one of Sydney’s best patisseries by the feather-light cheesecake in the window, or the scent of chocolate brownies fresh from the oven, you can be forgiven for wanting to take away one of their delicate cakes or buttery croissants right away. So it can be a pain when you realise you’re not carrying any cash. Luckily, these local favourites don’t penalise their customers for paying by card. There’s no minimum spend here, either. So treat yourself to something sweet – you earnt it.