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Where’s the Best Croissant in Melbourne?

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published August 1st 2011

Croissants score right up there for Melburnians. Throughout the city and most suburbs, there are bakeries, patisseries and cafes serving these crunchy, buttery delights. Delicious with jam, dunked in coffee if you must, or just eaten on their own, it's very hard to resist a good croissant.

Good' being the operative word. Sadly, not all croissants are equal. We know what we want – crisp, buttery, fresh, a suitable level of flakiness, and, naturally, good value. So where in Melbourne can we obtain the full melt-in-the-mouth experience?

French contacts (surely a good place to start) recommend Chouquette, in Brunswick, an establishment known to take their croissants extremely seriously, even providing a webpage on how to make them.

Locals also recommend Loafer in North Fitzroy, an organic bakery dedicated to the art of the quality croissant.

Brunetti and Dench Bakers have also been reported as providing a positive croissant experience, although their impressive range of other pastries and cakes can be a touch distracting.

The French Lettuce and Laurent would also seem good candidates for superior croissants.

If you have a favourite purveyor of fine croissants in Melbourne, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

We look forward to your suggestions.
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Thanks Jody - I'll have to check out Browns.

I must admit, I'm a little hungry myself now...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 4th of August @ 02:29 am
I'd have to say Browns in Malvern. I would also add that the way you have described these beautiful pastries has made me rather ravenous.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Thursday, 4th of August @ 01:10 am
Parisian Patisserie Boulangerie in Essendon North. The best almond croissants!!!
By tortu - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 05:15 am
i've had french lettuce cater croissants for parties, they're delicious!
By bluebwendy - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 10:31 pm
not packaged, frozen and heated, Carlton's The French Lettuce by a mile, not good for my diet, but full of flavour and butter, very French
By john - reader
Saturday, 6th of August @ 12:18 am
Malvern, it has to be Central Park Cakes.
(and don't miss the Vanilla slices as well)
By Walpo - reader
Saturday, 6th of August @ 08:14 am
my favorite place to buy croissants is The French Lettuce especially their pistachio and almond varieties :)
By order0 - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 05:09 am
Thanks order0, tortu & mary11 - your suggestions sound extremely tasty and impressively well-researched.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 4th of August @ 05:35 am
A croissant party - now there's an idea...
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Friday, 5th of August @ 04:49 am
Loafer, by far the best
By y_mon - reader
Sunday, 7th of August @ 12:23 pm
By l.alb - reader
Monday, 8th of August @ 04:33 am
Thanks for the great suggestions. I just checked out Noisette on the web - The Age said this about it, "Do you ever feel like you are being stalked by a croissant..." Mmmm. I must definitely try this place.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 10th of August @ 02:18 am
Le Croissant in Burwood/Hartwell
By mary11 - reader
Thursday, 4th of August @ 05:22 am
I love the croissants at Brioche (Commercial Road, opposite the Prahran markets). Deliciously buttery, crisp and flaky, and reasonably priced. Come in many varieties: plain, chocolate, soft white choc centre, almond, marzipan ...
By angel - reader
Thursday, 18th of August @ 03:08 am
Thanks for the tip on Brioche - I'll have to check it out. Soft white choc centre in a croissant? Is that really possible? Or advisable? Sounds delicious.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 18th of August @ 05:32 am
Apple Annies Bakery Cafe
31 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
(03)5472 5311
By Claire - reader
Saturday, 8th of December @ 05:19 am
Latent boulengerie patisserie ones are pretty good. We had a chocolate and almond croissant there for supper last night at Doncaster shopping town.

Sara lee has a factory outlet of bell st (I think Preston) where you can buy them frozen and take them home. They are pretty good.

The best ones ever though is a little French bakery in hat well on bur wood highway - can anyone help me out with the name, it's pretty much opposite the old diners club offices. Orange awnings out the front. We used to drive all the way there just for their weekend croissants.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Saturday, 27th of August @ 02:08 am
Hi Lesley, the shop you are thinking of may be Le Croissant, which is on Toorak Rd (turns into Burwood), in the Hartwell shopping strip. I've just started work nearby and as soon as they reopen from Christmas break I'll be organising a morning tea at my work! Sarah
By Anonymous
Thursday, 5th of January @ 03:59 am
Hi Lesley, I think the place you are thinking of is called Le Croissant. It's on Toorak Rd (turns into Burwood) at the Hartwell shopping strip. I haven't had a chance to go there yet but will report back! Sarah
By Anonymous
Thursday, 5th of January @ 04:01 am
Best I've found is Alison's Homemade Bread - she used to be in Prahran Market but now is on a little side street across the street (53 Izett Street). Impossibly buttery and flaky, with just the right crunchy outside and soft inside.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 8th of March @ 04:17 am
Babkas Cafe Bakery, 358 Brunswick Street Fiztroy
By acup - reader
Thursday, 14th of June @ 01:27 am
mattisse bread make a delicious croissant and chocolate crossant
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 25th of September @ 11:58 am
most definitely monsieur truffe (lygon st or smith st)
By marle - reader
Saturday, 27th of October @ 11:01 pm
Tried many Croissant places in my town. Final word. Lune in Rose St Fitzroy.
By Ange_ - reader
Sunday, 10th of December @ 06:28 pm

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