New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 19th 2015
Update April 22nd 2017
Unfortunately, Dream Cuisine has closed their doors, but they can still be found at the Old Bus Depot Markets each week (at the time of writing).
Savour the flavour of these award winning macarons
Dream Cuisine Patisserie in Fyshwick is one of those rare finds that makes your day. Only minutes from the Canberra Outlet Centre, this café sits prettily amongst the industrial businesses of Fyshwick. It has won awards for its beautifully handcrafted macarons since this creative mother and son business began five years ago.
Inside it is just "lovely". With big windows to catch the Winters sun, modern white chairs, pink pendant lights, artwork painted delicately on the wall and a colourful display of their attractive looking macaron's and tarts.
It was interesting to watch customers come and go in this friendly café. Due to its location amongst businesses, there were tradespeople at one table pouring over plans with a coffee, salespeople going over strategies, a lady ordering a takeaway coffee while she waited for her car to get fixed and a couple flicking through tourist brochures, wondering where to go next. It is a relaxing café, with friendly people behind the counter and plenty of room between tables to not feel cramped.
Photo of inside - although it is larger than how this appears.
Some people love macarons and I have to say, I have tried them in the past but often found them too sweet (which I didn't think was possible). I was intrigued to see what Dream Cuisine's award winning macaroons would be like. My previous opinion all changed when I tasted the apple and cinnamon flavoured macaroon, recommended by the lady behind the counter as her favourite. It was gooey and crunchy and the taste was creamy, but not too sweet at all. For such a small thing, it was surprisingly filling. With an introduction like this, I will have to try the salted caramel next time....and then the Choc Mint..
With 35 flavours to choose from including Walnut and Whisky, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Bourbon and Beer flavoured macarons - how do you choose?
Using organic ingredients, they also sell all types of tarts and brownies as well as savoury options such as organic salad rolls, quiches, sausage rolls, pizzas - food to enjoy all throughout the day.
I first heard about this business when I saw their other venture Little Dreams at The Hamlet, situated in Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Selling macarons, coffee, croissants and other delights, Little Dreams is gaining it's own following from local's as the place to go for macaroons in Canberra.
Please note the opening times at the bottom of this article (Thursday to Sunday only).
Little Dreams, just inside the door at The Hamlet.
When the gentleman behind the counter said the macarons were made in a Patisserie and Café in Fyshwick, I had to check it out. When you find it tucked away in a back street, it really does feel like you have found a local's secret spot.
So while you are in either Fyshwick or Braddon and you want a sweet treat to sit back and savour, check out "Dream Cuisine" and "Little Dreams". Be warned though, once you have one, it won't be your last.
Kids size chocolate milk and cherry macaron - any childs Dream Cuisine!