Tracking down some of Melbourne’s best croissants (and his cheeky hipster cousins) is no flaky task. From the classic humble croissant to sky-high cruffins and fluffy cronuts, these pastries are often a rotating special at some of the best bakeries in this city. Here’s where you can stalk them down for a bite of buttery goodness.
Newly opened White Mojo is a haven for beautifully plated food that tastes even better than it looks. Drool over their soft shell crab croissant burger with picked cucumber, chipotle mayo and a perfectly runny fried egg. Nestled in Hardware Lane, the bright space boasts minimalistic pale timber and gorgeous marble table tops.
Fitzroy’s Lune Croissanterie may be from humble beginnings, but that hasn’t stopped them producing one of the best croissants in the world (YES, IN THE ENTIRE WORLD). Testing your love of croissants, you’ll have to be up early for a share of Lune Croissanterie’s limited pastries—that's around 4.30am, most croissant-experts recommend. There’s a limit of eight pastries per customer, but we recommend at least one Kaya cruffin with coconut, palm sugar and pandan crème pat.
You’ll need to be bright 'n early at Rustica Canteen for their rotating menu of pastries, but it’s worth every flake. Expect crowd-favourites like their twice-baked Ispahan Croissant with rose, lychee, almond and raspberries or plump, buttery cronuts filled with flavours like red berries and chantilly. My foodie heart can’t take this kind of decision-making pressure.
Trust us, and order the Lankan Frenchy from Fitzroy local Pavlov’s Duck. You won’t be croiss with your decision (lol). Other menu items (well, all the menu items) may tempt you, but stick to your pastry-loving guns to be rewarded with an organic croissant with kick-ass chilli fried potatoes, Asian tabouli, lick-able green bean puree and a soft-boiled egg.
Tivoli Road Bakery
South Yarra’s humble Tivoli bakers might not have the bells and whistles of other patisseries, but their croissants and pastries easily stand up in their own crumbly right. Featuring the classic croissant in a perfectly buttery, cheesy combo of ham, cheese and tomato, this a classic pastry without the fuss.
A humble, homely bakery around the corner from Clifton Hill station, Cavallini is quietly serving some of the best cronuts in Melbourne. In their cosy, artisan-style patisserie, order a delicately layered cronut or classic croissant with your pot of tea. Don’t forget some takeaway for home, which unfortunately for your bae, are unlikely to be shared.
South Yarra, CBD
From heart-clogging zonuts (cronuts but with some extra zumbo) to crumbly almond croissants and rich pain au chocolat, be prepared for some serious flake at Adriano Zumbo’s Zumbo patisseries. Previous diabetes-inducing zonut combinations include the triple chocolate brownie or the peanut butter honeycomb. No one counts calories on weekends, right?
Eat A Scroll
Scroll your way into Melbourne’s much-loved Eat A Scroll bakehouse. With a permanent location in Collingwood, Eat A Scroll doles out a range of fat, flaky cruffins including banana cream pie (yes), Nutella custard (YES) and passionfruit and meringue (YAAAAS). Cruffin specials regularly rotate with past flavours including Black Forest and Matcha custard. You’ll have to visit weekly, just to make sure you don’t miss anything important of course.
Home to untraditionally coloured pastries like heirloom purple carrot croissants, squid ink ‘black pearl’ croissants and Hulk-like matcha or pandan croissants, Agathé Pâtisserie easily boasts some of the best in Melbourne. Rotating specials include a face-stuffing ham, cheese and bechamel croissant and limited-time cruffins.
Brioche by Phillip
CBD, Prahran, Ringwood
The cronut has levelled up at Brioche by Phillip. Introducing the bronut—a trifecta of brioche, croissant and donut-y goodness. Made from what could only be pastry heaven, we'd like to wish you good luck choosing.
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Image credit: White Mojo via Facebook.