There is very little that can make an average day great more than a trip to the patisserie. The smells, the sights of the beautifully decorated treats and the taste of sugary goodness is one of the best ways to bring a smile to your face.
People come from all over Sydney to have a taste of the classic French pastries, cakes and macarons made on site at La Renaissance in The Rocks. Their selection of signature cakes, named after artists like Monet (layers of vanilla sponge and bavaroise with raspberries and lychees, wrapped in folds of white chocolate) and Picasso (layers of white and dark chocolate Valrhona chocolate mousse, wrapped in folds of Valrhona milk chocolate) are rich and luxurious, perfect for functions or cheat day.
Black Star Pastry
Obviously if you live in Sydney you are aware of Black Star’s famous strawberry watermelon cake with rose scented cream, so we don’t need to go into how amazing it is. But beyond that, the other cakes on offer are equally fantastic. The lemon myrtle chiffon cake is ridiculously light, the lemon myrtle is a deliciously floral Australian touch, while the vegan chocolate popcorn cake will ensure all your friends will have a delicious, sugar filled moment of cake-related bliss.
Labancz Patisserie Boulangerie
Stepping off Darling Street and into this traditional French patisserie-boulangerie transports you straight to the streets of Paris. Established in 2012 by Pierre Labancz, all of the delicious products on offer are handcrafted, baked on the premises and look so good you just want to dive into the display cabinet. A café is part of the store so you can enjoy a little something now and then buy a little something else to enjoy later.
Flour and Stone
This classy and delicious patisserie in Woolloomooloo does it all, from lamingtons and madeleines, to lemon drizzle cake and slabs of ricotta cheesecake. Whether you’re buying a treat for two or 200, the beautifully handcrafted sweets on offer at Flour and Stone are sure to impress.
Home of the infamous date tart, Lorraine Godsmarck is providing Sydney with some of the best cakes and sweet treats in town. Part of the Merivale gang, Lorraine’s Patisserie is a small, open plan boutique where you can watch cakes come and go out of the oven and splashed with icings and garnishes. Her New York style cheesecake, also found at the Palings restaurant, is one of the lightest you will ever eat, so you should probably have a second serving…
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
The mastermind of desserts and all things sweet, Adriano Zumbo has expanded to multiple locations throughout New South Wales and Victoria, providing wacky and wonderful flavoured macarons to the masses. Stop for lunch and dive into one of the amazing quiches or pies on offer, before stocking up on as many tarts and macarons as you can carry.
The Sweet Spot Patisserie
This patisserie was inspired by nostalgia to create a European inspired patisserie providing Sydney with both modern and traditional sweets, and aren’t we so much better for it! The traditional Greek favorites, a homage to owner and head Pastry Chef Peter Bozikis’s heritage, are some of the best you can get this side of the Mediterranean. The other cakes and treats on offer are just as good, and perfect for functions and events.
Sweetness the Patisserie
This suburban patisserie’s passion for simple and authentic productions is everything we love about both cakes and small businesses. Sweetness the Patisserie believe that small, handmade production methods are good and worth striving for, that fresh is best and preservatives are unnecessary, and to buy locally and organically. These strong principals create mouth-watering results worthy of an excursion to Epping. Their signature, sweet, home made marshmallows are the stuff dreams are made of.
Owned by Penelope Ransley, who has notches in her belt from Tetsuya’s and Sepia, you know this Leichardt patisserie is going to deliver. A little bit eccentric, traditional and charming all at the same time, the miniature pastries and sweets are great for parties, or for those of us that like variety when we have a cake feast. A special shout out to the sweet brioche buns filled with whipped sour cream and sprinkled with brown sugar. Tiny, doughy, balls of heaven.
Bourke Street Bakery
Most Sydney-siders know of the amazing treats being churned out of the BSB kitchens, the combination of great produce, artisanal skill and hard work – the cornerstones of the Bourke Street Bakery ethos – are testament to their ever-expanding empire across Sydney. Home to of some of the best pastry in town, whether its wrapped around pork and fennel in a sausage roll, or the base of the ginger brulee tart, whatever you choose is going to be a winner for you stomach and your soul.
Image credit: Lisa Brooke for La Renaissance