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La Renaissance Patisserie & Cafe @ The Rocks

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Published March 11th 2014
Sweet Tooth Heaven
Our 'little' sweet tooth cravings were not completely satisfied with the smallish Laduree's macarons.

Hence we strolled to the picturesque Rocks area, trekking up the cobblestone pathway and it leads us to a charming village-like French cafe.

La Renaissance has been around for a good 20 years, a good reputable French café & patisserie offering a multitude of authentic delectable French desserts, dreamy savory pastries and drop-dead gorgeous cakes.

We have celebrated many birthdays with La Renaissance's specialty cakes.

We've ordered the Vivaldi ($9.00) which basically is a Hazelnut milk chocolate cake with Mandarin Mousse. We absolutely loved the presentation and texture of this chocolate cake; it is like eating a work of art - I could admire it all day. My friend couldn't wait to dig in.

The melted chocolate was to die for. It was so smooth and velvety, you couldn't ask for better chocolate. Those pearly crumbles were delightful, they added a nice crunchy texture to the beautiful chocolate mouse cake.

The cake itself was slightly denser than I anticipated, but overall it was pretty good.

The cafe's decor is not fancy or superficial like Laduree or Rockpool. Personally I found the existing humble country-village style setting to be quite charming. It has all the heritage characteristics and rustic edges that sets it apart from the newish posh Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe next door.

Upon entering, you will find rows and rows of macarons, cakes, pastries and baguettes. Everything just looked so delicious and inviting.

The Patisserie was full of variety and we were so indecisive. We deliberated and pondered. Yes, such a first-world problem. The staff were so friendly and let us have all the time we wanted hovering over the glass shelves.

Looking at these stunning cakes made me wish my birthday was on today.

The visual presentation of cakes are just too exquisite.

It is a fairly busy patisserie cafe. Inside, you will find a large, long cake display glass cabinet filled with beautiful, delightful and colourful cakes, pastries, savory items and treats. They are all head-turning creations.

For us, they certainly represent happiness.

Normally I prefer savory foods over sweets and these hot savory pasties look pretty delicious too. Look at the melted Cheese croissants. The perfect brunch meal with a nice strong coffee.

Overall, I found the Le Renaissance cakes much more impressive than the quiche and baguette.

The cakes are simply sensational and their pastries are incredible. hmmmm yum..... fresh chocolate eclairs. The perfect indulgence with a cup of hot chocolate.

There is a courtyard at the back if you want to eat in. It was raining miserably today, so we opted to do some takeaways.

You will find this nice little niche French cafe in the heart of the Rocks near Circular Quay.

La Renaissance is the perfect, unpretentious cafe for a nice social catch up. Here, you will find decadent sweets and exceptional authentic French cakes.
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Why? authentic beautiful French cakes
When: 10.30am - 6pm
Phone: 02 9241 4878
Where: 47 Argyle St Sydney, NSW 2000
Cost: $10 - $15
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