The crisp morning air, a freshly brewed latté and pain au chocolat is the perfect combination for a relaxed Saturday morning at North Melbourne’s newest hot spot. The French Quarter Patisserie (Corner of Curzon & Queensberry Streets, North Melbourne) brings the best of France to the up-and-coming North Melbourne area and the locals cannot get enough.
The newly opened patisserie offers fresh coffee and the best hot chocolates outside a chocolatier in Melbourne but it’s the sweets that are the real reason to come here. Escargot, Pain au Chocolat, Almond and Apricot Brioche, Croissants (plain or filled), Almond Croissants, New York Baked Cheesecake, Strawberry Tarts and a myriad of other deliciously tempting treats are all on offer with crew in the kitchen constantly baking fresh produce for the eager crowds in the café. The bakery also sells fresh baguettes and bread loaves which look good enough to eat on their own. By 11am, freshly made filled baguettes are on offer and you are spoilt for choice.
The patisserie’s décor is fresh, clean and crisp and accentuates the feeling of Parisian living with its outdoor furniture replicating the cafes along the Champs d’Elysee. Word of mouth has quickly spread regarding the patisserie and it’s best to arrive early enough to snag a table before North Melbourne’s yuppies descend with their designer puppies and mounds of Saturday newsprint.
The French Quarter Patisserie also offers cakes for occasions including a mouth-watering Orange and Mascarpone Flourless Cake. Open from 7:30am to 5:30pm daily, The French Quarter Patisserie is the best reason to wake up early on a Saturday morning.
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