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Where are Sydney's Best Macarons?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 22nd 2011
Macarons are popping up on just about every corner in Sydney. You'll find them at your local cafe, at events, and sometimes in your friends' kitchens, but where in Sydney are they the best? We've tried quite a few, purely for research reasons of course, and we've asked around, so we know a few that are pretty good, but now we need your answer. We want to know where in Sydney we'll get the best macarons.



There is always a lot of debate when it comes to macarons. Usually its centred around the spelling, or pronunciation of the name. The famous macaron versus macaroon debacle has little to do with how these sweet little treats actually taste, and taste has a lot to do with a brilliant macaron. One man who knows this is Adriano Zumbo, and heading to his Balmain Patisserie you'll certainly try some delicious macarons. Zumbo's patisserie is filled with unique and inventive flavours, and fillings that explode in your mouth. Masterchef have named him Australia's Dessert King, but are his macarons the best in Australia?

Adriano Zumbo's Macarons


Baroque Bistro, Bar & Patisserie have also got some delicious macarons for sale. You can take advantage of their macaron deals and have some with a cup of coffee, or a glass of champagne. Not only will Baroque provide you with ready made macarons, but like Zumbo they'll teach you how to make them at home. Their Baroque Masterclass certainly makes a worthwhile class for any macaron addict.

If convenience is a real factor when choosing macarons then don't just settle for the ones at the train station, have them delivered straight to your door. This is what happens over at MakMak. You can browse through their current flavours, and have them delivered to you or someone special. These pretty portions make the perfect gift, or a fantastic snack all for yourself. They may be very handy, but are MakMak's macarons the ultimate indulgence?

So let us know where you've eaten some of these French delicacies, and whether you think that theirs are the best Sydney has to offer. We know that all over the city perfect pâtissiers are bringing tasty macarons out of the oven, but we want to know which one you think does it best.
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By holly - reader
Wednesday, 24th of August @ 01:44 am
adriano zumbo-balmain
By sapan - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 01:32 am
Lindt Chocolat Cafe - I remember when they used to be $2.00 each - they're now $2.70 each :( CERTAINLY WORTH IT THOUGH xo
By jasmi18 - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 02:01 am
Baroque in the Rocks. The range of flavours is amazing
By lenno - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 05:40 am
La Renaissance in The Rocks!
The Salted Caramel or the Passionfruit & Chocolate are the best.
By lizan - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 11:44 am
Adriano Zumbo
By sandr73 - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 04:20 am
Having spent a lifetime of sampling cake shops all over Sydney and country NSW and having recently spent 10 days discovering Paris one pâtisseri at a time, I can unequivocally say that the best macaroons are at La Renaissance Pâtisseri in Argyle Street at The Rocks - especially the salted caramel ones. A close second would be Ladurée on the Champs Elysees with an honourable mentions to Croissant D'Or in Macleay Street, Potts Point.
By tlian - reader
Thursday, 25th of August @ 06:54 am
Adriano Zumbo
mmmmmm pear and vanilla mmmmm
By Kasia Zieba - senior reviewer
Thursday, 25th of August @ 12:30 pm
Definitely MakMak.com.au - they not only look perfect, but the texture and flavour is incomparable and perhaps only rivalled by Laduree and Pierre Herme in Paris. Nothing in Sydney comes close.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 8th of September @ 03:33 am
Definitely you should check out Poff. its a new small dessrrt bar at town hall station selling waffles icecreams and makes macarons on site with the french technique. selling for only $1 each and seriously taste so good. better than a lot of cafes around. they also do pre-order as well.
By Anonymous
Tuesday, 3rd of July @ 03:36 pm
Adriano Zumbo does do delicious macrons, but I also had some really nice ones from Sweetness the patisserie that's in Epping on the weekend. It's hard to rival Zumbo, but they were definitely good (and very convenient for me!)
By Bec Ninness - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 31st of August @ 01:29 pm
Alexander's patisserie. Mlc centre. Sydney!!!
By jenef - reader
Saturday, 23rd of June @ 11:11 pm
Cafe Cre Asion in Surry Hills Sydney wins by far!
By ecarter51 - reader
Sunday, 24th of June @ 12:35 am
Macaroned definitely worth a try brilliant flavours too!!
By Anonymous
Saturday, 1st of September @ 05:51 am
La Reinassance
By Anonymous
Thursday, 11th of October @ 09:22 pm
currently here's my ranking:

#1 Laduree, Westfield Sydney
#2 Lindt Chocolate Cafe
#3 Adriano Zumbo
#4 McCafe
By deeh. - reader
Monday, 14th of October @ 10:45 am

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