Saturday, May 12, 2007

Eat @ The French Quarter Patisserie

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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D.U.P said...

oh mon dieu, j'aime beaucoup pain du chocolat.

mmmmmmmmmm du chocolat!

twistedbrick said...

You should check out Sugardough on the East Brunswick end of Lygon St, near the corner of Glenlyon Rd. Cute little bakery cafe with European pastries, cakes and bread and hot chocolate as thick as melted chocolate, served in polka dot mugs. It also serves lunch and soups. Almost impossible to get a table on the weekend without waiting for 20 minutes.

Another cute bakery cafe is Sweet Source on Rathdowne St. From American diner classics like sour cherry pie to more unique creations like the grapefruit and frangipangi tart.