29A Gwynne St, Cremorne, 3121
When former head pastry chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Gareth Whitton, found himself without a job in 2020, he decided to launch his own tart business, Tarts Anon.
At Tarts Anon, you’ll find classic flavours like a chocolate tart and caramel tart, both executed to precision thanks to Whitton’s training at fine dining restaurants, which sell out within minutes of being put on the shelf at their pick-up only shopfront in Cremorne.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try the more contemporary flavours like a tiramisu tart, a smoked pecan and maple tart, a pumpkin spiced caramel tart and the carrot cake tart.
260 High St, Preston, 3072
A patisserie mixing French and Middle Eastern flair, Abla’s Patisserie is where you can get classically French cakes and biscuits, or some of the city’s best baklava.
In fact, Abla’s Patisserie won both first and second place in the Victorian Baklava Bake Off thanks to its mouth-watering nutty delights. But don’t forget the French side of things, because their airy mille fueille vanilla slice and chocolate cheesecake are well worth lining up for.
171 Union Rd, Surrey Hills, 3127
A patisserie with a difference, Zimt Patisserie in Surrey Hills pays homage to owner Michael Leidler’s Austrian roots, using traditional Austrian pastry methods to create hundreds of handmade products.
“I love the ambience of the patisserie,” says Patisserie Manager Rachel Fleetwood. “We have such a loyal customer base, and even have people who drive all over Melbourne for our products.”
With sweets items such as specialty cakes, macarons, tarts, and pastries, if you can’t decide which one to try, Zimt Patisserie even does a High Tea where you can taste them all.
“We make so many delicious pastries and cakes that it’s hard to stop at one,” Fleetwood says. “That’s why we really love our High Tea, because our customers get a real sense of just how amazing our pastries are because they’re able to sample a large selection.”
Don’t forget the more savoury items though, because the quiches, pies and savoury tarts are all handmade with French ‘butter puff’ pastry.