Though there are many look-alikes, an authentic French patisserie is surprisingly hard to find in Sydney. Having tried quite a few around town, I've discovered an unlikely good candidate. I say unlikely because it's not a quaint one-off little patisserie hidden away in some unexpected location. It's called Pattison's Patisserie, Fine Bakery and Café and they actually operate seven stores across northern Sydney.
If you're a fellow sweet tooth then walking into Pattison's is like stepping into dessert heaven. You'll be impressed by the sheer number of exquisite French and European inspired delicacies on display. From a traditional chocolate mousse Fleur de Lys cake to fresh fruit flans and divine tarts to sweet pastries and biscuits.
Their very impressive lemon meringue pie tastes as fantastic as it looks. And for the chocolate fans their chocolate brulee tart is sure to please. They even make an excellent cup of coffee here to complement their rich desserts.
For a light lunch or for those who aren't partial to sweets (something I will never understand) they also have fresh-baked baguettes, savoury pies and quiche. I've tried their salmon quiche myself and though not as exciting as the sweet stuff, it's still quite tasty.
My favourite Pattison's patisserie is the Mosman store located on the popular up-market shopping strip of Military Road. This stand-alone store looks quite charming with its traditional black and white mosaic tiled floor, dark wood furnishings and subdued lighting. It's a great spot to meet a friend for brunch or just to indulge in a treat all on your own.
The other six stores are in indoor shopping centres so naturally don't have the same appeal or ambience but still offer the same array of goodies as well as an eat in area.
If you're looking for a good French style patisserie Pattison's is sure to please.
Actually, the Pattisons in St Ives is not inside a shopping center but fronts Mona Vale Rd. It's where I first discovered this wonderful - though expensive - patisserie! Love going there for a treat and a coffee with a friend!
By dlsc - reader Friday, 8th of July @ 07:53 am
Thank you for the correction yes they are a bit pricey but worth it for the occasional treat!
By Anonymous Sunday, 10th of July @ 08:59 am
Thanks for such a wonderful article and it is attracting me even more as I just love patisserie. The images is inviting me to have it. It may be expensive but worthy to have it. A great information!
By rozi25 - senior reviewer Wednesday, 27th of July @ 10:13 am
Thanks Rozina. By the way, I happened to drop in to their new Top Ryde patisserie and it was a lovely big store worth checking out if you're close to that neck of the woods.
By Marian Tisi - senior reviewer Wednesday, 27th of July @ 10:19 am