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Three kouign amanns on a turquoise background
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The best kouign amanns in Sydney

Have you tried the hottest pastry in town?

By Freya Herring

Don’t worry, you are neither the first nor the last person to not know how to pronounce this cake. Despite its deceptive spelling, it’s pronounced ‘queen a-mahn’. And… exhale…

Think of this pastry like a cross between a croissant and a canelé: super buttery, laminated layers, and a crisp caramelised exterior. Frankly it’s one of the best sweet treats that will ever pass your mouth – not only does it make a delightful cracking sound when you break into it, but the buttery rewards are worth every damn calorie.

We’ve been seeing these impossibly buttery cakes pop up all over the place lately, but here are three we rate above all others.

Kouign amann pastry on a turquoise background
Photograph: Anna Kucera

3. Folonomo’s kouign amann

Restaurants Modern Australian Surry Hills

Folonomo’s kouign amann is hard as a rock outside, such is its caramel gloss, but inside it’s a far softer affair. Fudgier than the others, we love the way it’s not too sweet, and that texture against a coffee is seriously peachy.

Kouign amann pastry on a turquoise background
Photograph: Anna Kucera

2. Rising Sun Workshop’s kouign amann

Restaurants Newtown

The kouign amann at RSW sits somewhere within croissant, doughnut and cinnamon scroll territory, dusted as it is with fragrant cinnamon sugar. The lamination is first rate, with little layers of cinnamon in there too. Sure, it’s not traditional, but this is a kouign amann we go back for again and again.

Kouign amann pastry on a turquoise background
Photograph: Anna Kucera

1. Black Star Pastry’s kouign amann

Restaurants Rosebery

The kouign amann at Black Star tastes of purest caramel, the buttery dough beautifully layered, with a thick, hard, caramelised crust on the outside. It’s small and dainty, but with this much butter, trust us, you don’t need more than a few bites.

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The best patisseries in Sydney

Restaurants Patisseries

We’re pretty lucky that here in Sydney we have some of the best darn pastry chefs in the country. From the genius that is the strawberry watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry, to that ginger tart at Bourke Street Bakery, here’s where to get a lil’sweet stuff in Sydney.


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