Craving a delicate pastry, mighty macaron or flaky croissant?
We’ve tracked down and taste tested some of Brisbane's most delectable sweet treats (all in the name of research) so you can get your sugar fix in style from Brisbane’s best pastry shops.
After all, life's short so you should always eat dessert first.
Get your sugar kicks from an array of éclairs, macarons and millefeuille at traditional French café Chouquette. Relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings and scrumptious coffee. Looking for a bit of zing? Try the new Éclair Tropique with its tropical fruit ganache and fresh raspberry filling.
In the seaside suburb of Scarborough, you’ll find a cute little café serving up homemade cupcakes, just like your grandma used to make. Although they specialise in cupcakes, Sweet Swirls also have a selection of slices, brownies, scones and biscuits. Gluten free treats are also available. Get yourself a cupcake, a hot Segafredo coffee and one of the blankets that are provided and cozy down outside to enjoy the fresh sea breeze.
Jocelyn’s Provisions remains one of Brisbane's most celebrated and beloved artisan patisseries thanks to its fine cakes, bread, pastries and provisions. Baked fresh using the finest ingredients and traditional recipes, their hand-made products proudly retain that old world charm. For a cake that wows, try the Turkish Delight Cheesecake with its chocolate shortbread base, rosewater flavoured filling and topping of fresh rose petals. If winter has left you with savoury cravings, warm up with a lamb and rosemary pie.
With famous fans including Oprah, Anne Hathaway and Ashton Kutcher, Dello Mano have elevated the humble brownie to haute dessert status and they now have two chocolate-themed cafes where you can get your brownie fix. Book a high tea and indulge in hand made pastries and savouries and loose leaf teas. Our choice for a winter warmer is the chocolate-caramel brownie affogato.
Madders Brothers Patisserie
A hidden gem in the western suburbs, Madders Brothers Patisserie–run by pastry chef, Paul and his brother Luke–is taking Brisbane by storm. The duo describe their product as "edible artistry" and their delicious petit treats including salted caramel tarts, lamingtons, doughnuts, cheesecakes and mini melting moments are definitely #instaworthy.
Passiontree Velvet is one of our favourite patisseries to follow on Instagram thanks to their pastel coloured delights and cakes. With a focus on edible luxury, their trained patisserie chefs and chocolatiers continue to outdo themselves, inventing beautiful new products every few months with desserts including Berry White Chocolate Mousse, a Pina Colada cake and even a Lolly Tarte topped with macarons, marshmallow and chocolate disks.
Nutri Hitt Raw Treats
Gone are the days when those with diet restrictions had to miss out on all the sweet stuff. Nutri Hitt Raw Treats are raw, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, refined-sugar free, paleo-friendly, dairy free and a treat for the tastebuds. Cakes come in a variety of drool-worthy flavors - Death By Chocolate, Pretty In Pink, Lemon, Lime and Coconut and Lover's Kiss to name a few. For those who love #cakeporn, you’ll want to follow these guys on Instagram.
Coeliacs rejoice, Brisbane’s first gluten-free patisserie and café, Finiky, is making sweet dreams come true for those with allergies to gluten, yeast, soy, sulphates and preservatives. Their dessert cabinet is full of gluten free goodies including raspberry custard tarts, passionfruit slice, brownies and muffins. They also serve Blackstar coffee and Heirloom Chocolate with dairy-free milk options.
Cream Patisserie Boulangerie
The charming Cream Patisserie Boulangerie on Cavendish Road in Coorparoo, has been serving up European-style pastries, gateaux, biscuits and chocolate truffles since 2001. Chocoholics will find this a great spot for morning or afternoon tea as their signature tart range includes a Chocolate Velvet Tart with Dutch cocoa topping and Chocolate Lavender Tart with fresh lavender and chocolate ganache filling. If you prefer something fruity, try the Lemon Curd Tart or the Raspberry Almondine Tart with its fresh raspberry filling.
Cake & Bake
Brisbane’s first lady of baking Jocelyn Hancock made our hearts and stomachs rejoice last year with the opening of Cake & Bake in West End. As well as her signature cakes and slices, Cake & Bake serves up edible treats including Hancock and Farm jams, fruit compotes and relishes made from local produce and their very own espresso blend.
The Whisk Fine Patisserie
Upper Mt Gravatt
After hanging up his competitive apron, award-winning pastry-chef Justin Yu opened the charming Parisienne-style patisserie The Whisk Fine Patisserie. He now spends his days making hundreds of pastries including fresh berry tarts, brownies, danishes and croissants as well as macarons and chocolates in fanciful flavours to serve to his dedicated tribe of fans.
Marche du Macaron
When it comes to mouth-watering macarons, it’s hard to go past Gordon Park’s Marche du Macaron. Owner Trish Hollamby bakes up a daily selection of macarons including chocolate, orange, salted caramel, mint choc, vanilla bean and raspberry. She also features a ‘flavour of the week’ with one-of-a-kind flavours including Crème Brulee (complete with caramelised shell), Blue Cheese, Fennel and Pecan and Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate.
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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