If you thought pastry reached its peak with the invention of the croissant, then the French went and added chocolate to the mix – genius. Nothing is better than biting into the hot crunch of pastry followed by the delicious melted dark chocolate oozing inside. If we have managed to spark a craving in you, then look no further than these eight hotspots for the best chocolate croissants in Melbourne.
Having trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Alice Wright knows a thing or two about creating the perfect chocolate croissant. Next to her mouth-watering display of delicate patisseries, the chocolate croissants at Millstone hold their own with a dark glaze and hint of quality dark chocolate sticking out both ends.
Le Petit Gateau
Known for his indulgent and artfully prepared cakes, Le Petit Gateau's Pierrick Boyer also produces some of the best chocolate croissants in Melbourne. In true Parisian style, grab one with a café-au-lait on the walk to work.
Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie
Neil McKenzie is the head chef bringing a bit of Paris to North Essendon with his perfected recipe of brioche and his signature version of the pain au chocolat. Putting a delicious spin on the original chocolate croissant recipe, McKenzie uses brioche instead of the layered pastry, and folds in a generous portion of chocolate. Head to Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie early, because they tend to sell out fast.
If the name 'croissanterie' is in the title of the shop, you can guarantee they mean business when it comes to the art of making the croissant. Lune's Kate Reid bakes her delectable assortment of croissants daily, with the chocolate being one of the first to sell out. The sweet buttery smell that lingers on the street draws quite the crowd hoping to get a taste of Paris. Melbourne's best chocolate croissants? We say, 'Oui Oui!'
We couldn't talk about the best chocolate croissants in town without giving French Fantasies a mention. The artisan bakery located in South Yarra produces a beautifully fluffy pain au chocolate with a rich dark chocolate centre. For those cutting back on their calorie intake, there are also mini chocolate croissants available. Buy two.
The colourful and airy macaroons are most likely what La Tropezienne is most known for. However, their chocolate croissants deserve similar accolades. Baked fresh daily in the busy kitchen, nothing is better than sitting down in the charming French café with a hot chocolate croissant and cup of coffee. You can always get a sneaky macaroon on the way out as well.
Located in a converted warehouse in South Melbourne, Andréa Reiss (known as Dré) is bringing a modern twist to the traditional French patisserie and boulangerie. Experimenting with different flavours and textures with her other desserts, she has chosen to maintain the simplicity of the original chocolate croissant recipe. And there's no wonder why; it is perfect as is. Golden and crunchy with the ideal amount of chocolate on the inside, you won't be disappointed.
Specialising in sourdough breads and pastries, Sourdough Kitchen is definitely the 'healthier' option for a chocolate croissant. The croissant still has all the buttery sweet goodness intact, but has been modified to accommodate the modern Melburnian.
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