Croissants are some of the best tasting pastries in the world. Luckily, you don’t have to head to Paris to get your hands on one. You can find croissants in grocery stores, bakeries, and can even make your own.
Nevertheless, making a good croissant is a very difficult task, as there’s so much to get wrong. You might stop by a bakery when you have a croissant craving, only to bite into tough pastry, a hard centre, or a lacklustre filling.
To make your next croissant hunt easier, we’ve done the hard work for you. In this article, we’ve put together the 15 best places to find croissants in Melbourne. You’ll find a good variety of places in our list.
Some specialise in traditional flavours, like almond or chocolate. Others offer experimental choices, like matcha or lemon croissants. Whatever your preferences are, you’re sure to find croissants you love from the places below.
You honestly can’t talk about the best croissants in Melbourne and not mention Lune Croissanterie. And if you’re not convinced, just look at the photo above!
The Lune croissant is well known throughout Melbourne, which explains the regular queues stretching out of the door. But don’t let this put you off, as there’s a reason many visitors flock to Lune during their stay.
Kate Reid initially began the business back in 2012 and has seen nothing but success since. Their Melbourne branch has a small menu, but it doesn’t disappoint, as each croissant is made with attention and care.
If you prefer the classics, their traditional French croissant is flaky, buttery, and soft. However, for those that prefer something different, Lune bakes different monthly specials, such as their November Baklava Kouign Amann, or their September Roman Cream bun.
If you don’t mind a lengthy queue, head to one of their stores and see what Lune Croissanterie has on offer. They now have outlets in the CBD, Fitzroy and Armadale and, for those in Queensland, South Brisbane. Plus there are rumours of a Sydney store opening in 2024.
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Next on our list of the best croissants in Melbourne we head to Carlton North.
Good things come in small packages, and Monforte Viennoiserie is no exception. This little bakery is filled with pastries, hazelnut pain au chocolat, and both sweet and salty croissants.
Here, they specialise in European-influenced pastries and jams that change over the months. The produce also changes over the year, as they only use fresh and in-season ingredients.
There are loads of croissants to choose from, from classic plain to experimental Parmesan and thyme ones. If you’re interested, you have to be quick! This bakery is only open from Thursday to Sunday, so be prepared to queue.
When you next pop down, try and get your hands on the parmesan croissants, as these sell out instantly.
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Venture down a small alley near the South Melbourne market and you’ll find Chez Dre. This is a French-inspired bakery with a fabulous selection of food on offer. This spot is known for its utmost quality treats, including their two types of croissants.
Go for a plain one served with their homemade jam and butter, or their ham and cheese option, available with sliced tomatoes or a small salad.
There may not be a huge variety, but these croissants are well made to match original French standards. So stop by Chez Dre if you want a simple, but classic croissant.
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This small place is always heaving with people, thanks to the delicious fresh goods on offer. All Are Welcome’s baked goods are always baked fresh on-site.
You can find a variety of tasty treats here, from Czech honey cakes to Blood Orange Danishes. What’s more, they offer traditional croissants, carrying classic plain, ham and cheese, and chocolate varieties.
Their pastry is always flaky, crisp, and soft on the inside. It’s best to buy your treats as a takeaway option, as seating is limited.
Nevertheless, this is a great place to grab a coffee and a well-baked croissant, so keep All Are Welcome in mind the next time you’re in Northcote.
Visitors love this little space hidden inside Drewery Lane. There isn’t much space to sit down within, but their products more than make up for this.
Looking more like a izakaya in Kyoto than a bakery, Bakemono takes it cue from Japan and Korea.
They have a small menu that’s bursting with flavour, as there are fruity, sweet, and savoury bakes on offer. Croissant-wise, you have the choice of filling up on ham and cheese, or treating yourself to a chocolate-filled option.
Bakemono Bakers’ specialty is their Almond & Yuzu croissant. This butter pastry flakes nicely, while the citrus yuzu filling marries well with the almond topping. As you might expect of some of the best croissants in Melbourne, they are very popular, so try and get your hands on one before they sell out.
This is also the place to go for Japanese delights such as Shokupan – soft, pillowy, milk bread. And whilst you’re there, you really should nip over the laneway to Little Rogue. Similarly tiny, it’s Bakemono Bakers’ sister cafe and and brews arguably the best coffee in Melbourne. A big call, we know. But try it and see if you agree.
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Via Porto delivers croissants with a difference. This welcoming eatery has both classic and creative varieties on offer. You have the choice of going for their buttery and flaky traditional croissant or going for one of their more adventurous options.
One of these is their Almond & Lemon Curd Croissant. It’s a pastry that’s baked twice then loaded with lemon curd and almonds. Another is their unique Pistachio & Cherry Morning Bun, a bun that’s made with croissant dough, then filled with compote and pistachio Chantilly cream.
There are no small servings here, so you’ll always feel satisfied at Via Porto.
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This Parisian-influenced bakery is well known for its authentic French cakes, pastries, and savoury bread. If you love variety, you have to give this bakery a try.
Along with their traditional plain, chocolate, and almond varieties, Agathe also serves experimental options. These include choc chip and custard, Earl Grey, matcha, and pandan croissants.
With such a great reputation and so many fabulous delicacies to choose from, you should be prepared to queue if you visit their bakery within the South Melbourne Market.
Their pastry is always buttery and fresh, though you must visit early, as their croissants regularly sell out. Other than croissants, Agathe also bakes gorgeous flans, danishes, and tea cakes, all full of sweet and fruity flavours.
If you’re bored with normal croissants, stop by Agathe Patisserie to fall in love with them again. They definitely make some of the best croissants in Melbourne.
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Croissants are tasty treats, but due to the butter and eggs needed in the recipe, vegans have always had to miss out. Now, vegans can feel free and enjoy croissants at Weirdoughs, a 100% plant-based bakery.
At this unique store, only plant-based ingredients are used to create several types of croissants. Their vegan butter is particularly designed to mimic the butter that’s normally used in pastries.
Enjoy the classic plain, chocolate, and almond options, or go for the more daring Turkish delight, tomato, or raspberry cube croissants. If you’re craving something really special, you can opt to fill your croissant with hazelnut spread and chocolate fudge.
Weirdoughs allow vegans the chance to enjoy croissants, but even non-vegans will be tempted by the delicious varieties on offer.
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Ned’s Bake specialises in simple European bakes. Their bread bakes are the main star, but their croissants are just as delectable. The staff are friendly which matches the bakery’s comforting atmosphere.
Both sweet and savoury croissants are on offer, including Ned’s unique Vegemite Croissant, a must-try for both kids and adults.
If you’re bored of toast, feel free to ask for bacon and eggs inside your croissant! Ned’s crisp bacon, fluffy eggs, and buttery pastry all meld to make a beautiful mix of flavours.
Other croissants flavours include almond, cheese, and chocolate, so there’s something for everyone. Moreover, there’s a generous amount of indoor and outdoor seating, so feel free to sit in when you visit Ned’s Bake.
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This pastry shop off of Albert Road may not specialise in croissants, but it makes one of the tastiest ones you will ever try. Known as a ‘crogel’, this lies somewhere between a croissant and a bagel.
Several fillings go well inside it, from ham and cheese to pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.
You can also try their other croissants, which include almond, matcha, and their signature Italian Charcuterie Croissant, a dish that’s packed with ham, cheese, and balsamic capsicum.
Other than croissants, they also offer delicious pastries and savoury breakfast options. This is a great place to sit and enjoy some appetising dishes, either with friends or just yourself.
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Ah Laurent! A mainstay of the Melbourne fancy cakes scene for many a year, they’ve finally opened up a dedicated croissant shop in the Chadstone Shopping Centre.
Croissant Bar by Laurent is a floor above from it’s much-loved original Chadstone store and is solely focused on the delights of laminated perfection.
The Laurent Croissant Bar currently serves a dozen different types of croissant – from sweet to savoury.
Whilst the Chicken and Avocado number with its sprinkling of walnuts looked fabulous for a lunchtime treat, when we visited it was 3pm. And you know what that means. Why, afternoon tea, of course. Happily, there were a couple of stunningly temptingly Strawberries and Cream croissants left. But not for long!
We can confirm that they were as decadent as they looked.
Get yourself down to the Laurent Bakery Chadstone and give them a try. They are undoubtedly some of the best croissants in Melbourne.
Another bakery well worth a trip is Tarts Anon on Cremorne (and now also Collingwood). Read our review here.
We’re off to North Melbourne for the next of our best croissants in Melbourne.
As the name suggests, this shop specialises in bread-based goods. Bread Club only uses local and seasonal produce to create their bakes. Their bread is always fresh as it is baked daily on-site, including their croissants.
Enjoy creative options like their banana-split croissants, although they are known for their classic almond and chocolate ones.
Diners rave about the croissant’s flaky, yet soft pastry, as well as their rich and sweet filling. With several sweet and savoury treats on offer, you’ll be tempted to visit Bread Club time and time again.
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This Austro-Hungarian bakery has a variety of European-inspired bakes. A warm and inviting place to visit, the staff on hand are friendly and attentive to your needs. The pastries on offer are visually stunning and packed with flavour.
Of course, there are several croissants on offer. You can choose to fill up on ham and cheese ones or try something different, like their shakshuka or ottoman options.
Some of their best croissants are the savoury ones; a popular option is filled with speck, sauerkraut, and pork. Austro certainly delivers on flavour, so this is a must-visit if you’d like to try croissants with a difference.
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This charming French bakery is simply a must-see. It’s serving window looks onto the outdoor seating (and eating) area at one end of the famous Prahran Market. It’s the perfect spot to refuel with a good coffee, a divinely chewy sourdough baguette sandwich and a gloriously flaky Chocolatine Croissant.
Q Le Baker was created by the baker, Quentin Berthonneau, whose energy and bonhomie are infectious. Interestingly, he only uses rare and sustainable flours in his goods. Each item is beautifully textured and full of flavour, but their croissants are on another level.
These classic French pastries are woven intricately into their famous shape, shining temptingly with a glossy glazed finish. They are also made with butter from St David Dairy, so you’ll be supporting another small business with every purchase.
These delicious bakes are available in traditional finishes, plain, almond, and pain au chocolat – that’s the Chocolatine.
For great service and gorgeous baked goods, head into Q Le Baker when you’re around Chapel Street.
Catered by friendly and attentive staff, this special bakery is well versed in French pastries. Their main specialty lies in beautiful cakes, but their pastries are just as glorious.
They don’t stray away from the classics here. Gateaux focuses on delivering traditional pastries that are big on flavour.
Whether you choose a plain, almond, or chocolate croissant, you’ll always get a flaky pastry, buttery insides, and a soft filling that’s great to tear apart. The are definitely some of the best croissants in Melbourne.
If you wish, you can opt for Gateaux’s homemade jam and butter to have alongside your croissant. This is a perfect spot to sit in if you prefer delicious, no fuss, quintessential food.
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On first inspection, Cavallini is warm, cozy, and inviting from the outside. The inside is just as comforting, thanks to the display of sweet treats on offer. Their menu is smaller than larger houses, but each item is baked with care.
Every single item is made fresh, making sure that your taste buds are satisfied.
Cavallini’s croissants are visually stunning. They sell traditional flavours, like butter, chocolate, and almond croissants, but they also offer a less common Florentine option.
This is a savoury croissant that’s packed with sauteed spinach and cheese sauce. The store is also famed for its Cronut, a pastry that’s halfway between a doughnut and a croissant.
It has a crisp surface that makes way for a curd and creme filling within. It’s hard to choose between the many croissants on offer, but whatever option you go for, you won’t be disappointed with how it tastes.
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Penny For Pound popped up just off Bridge Rd in Richmond back in 2018 and have been going strong ever since.
Now with a mega bakery and shop in Moorabbin and a new, more modest, premises in Camberwell, they are spreading the joy of buttery pastry across the Eastern suburbs.
Give then a try and you’ll see why you’ve named them amongst our best croissants in Melbourne.
Yes, you can get a gourmet sandwiches or a stunning Petit Gateau. They even make a fabulous Sourdough Loaf and the most amazing Carrot Cake.
However, this article is all about the best croissants in Melbourne, and if that’s what you want, you really can’t go past Penny For Pound. Our personal favourite is the pink-dusted Raspberry & Almond Croissant. That said, the Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant with its perfect bands of cocoa is an Instagram dream. And it’s tastes fantastic too!