Loulou

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61 Lavender St
Milsons Point, 2061 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN 12:00pm - 10:00pm
MON 12:00pm - 11:00pm
TUE 12:00pm - 11:00pm
WED 12:00pm - 11:00pm
THU 12:00pm - 11:00pm
FRI 12:00pm - 12:00am
SAT 12:00pm - 12:00am

The Details

Cuisine
  • French
Need to Know
  • Gluten-Free
  • Good for Groups
  • Outdoor Seating
Serving
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tables and booths in the dining room at LouLou in Lavender Bay, Sydney.

Over the bridge in pretty Lavender Bay, Loulou is the latest addition to Sydney's neat collection of French-inspired eateries. Part boulangerie, bistro, and traiteur, there's a lot going on at this triple act all-day eatery and it's well worth visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Begin your day at the boulangerie, led by head baker Brendon Woodward (ex-Chouquette Boulangerie, Bread Ahead Bakery London). Here, the team bakes four times a day—yep, you read that right—four times a day. This means your baguette will be ultra-fresh no matter what time of day you drop in. Beyond traditional baguettes, there's a full menu of delicious breads to try—like pumpkin bread, the house specialty pain au levain (sourdough), and a house-made gluten-free loaf too.

You'll also find perfectly crunchy and buttery croissants, pain au chocolat, Paris-Brest filled with a hazelnut or pistachio cream, and cakes like burnt Basque cheesecake and mille-feuille. Pair that with ST. ALi coffee, and you've got a very cheery start to the morning. 

Alongside the boulangerie is Loulou's traiteur—a neighbourhood staple on the streets of Paris, but a relatively foreign concept for Sydney. A lot like a deli, here French-born butcher and chef Cyprien Picard (ex-Victor Churchill) is in charge. Shop classic French-style charcuterie like saucisson sec, Toulouse sausage, country terrine, and chicken liver parfait sliced to your liking. There are also cook-at-home meals (like beef wellington on weekends), whole and half rotisserie chickens, ready-made salads, and cold ratatouille to heat up at home. 

If you're not heading home, Loulou is a stone's throw from Lavender Bay's leafy parks like Clark Park Wendy's Secret Garden—so the traiteur is your perfect pre-picnic pit stop.  

Finally, Loulou's sprawling bistro, helmed by Billy Hannigan (ex-Bistro Guillaume and Michelin-starred The Ledbury London), offers up French classics, but a little lighter than their more-traditional counterparts.

You need to start with a sampling of Loulou's bread and cultured butter, baked fresh next door. For lunch and dinner, there's a caviar service if you're feeling fancy, hand-cut steak tartare and potato crisps, chicken liver parfait served with warm brioche, a classic steak frites, and, for dessert, apricot mille-feuille or rhubarb soufflé. Pro-tip for vegan and gluten-free diners: scan the QR code on your menu to see which dishes are dietary-friendly. 

To drink, we recommend kicking things into gear with Loulou's signature martini, which comes served with a pickled onion, Sicilian olive, and caper berry on the side. From there, you can peruse a menu of Champagne and Australian and French wines. 

Designed by H&E Architects, the crew behind Chiswick in Woollahra, Loulou has plenty of charm with chic royal blue awnings, leather banquettes, mosaic tiles, warm brass and timber accents, and a roomy open bar and kitchen. 

Boulangerie and traiteur hours: 7am - 8pm daily

Image credit: Steven Woodburn