Lune Croissanterie, Fitzroy
Best croissants in Melbourne! I was a bit weary of reports of queues and items selling out, so I had avoided Lune Croissanterie for a little while. I had a morning in Fitzroy planned for my friend’s very last day in Ozzieland and Lune was perfect for a post-brunch pastry-orientated bite whilst avoiding the rain at the same time. There’s definitely a queue here but it moves swiftly, given that most of the orders are grab and go from the baking trays. Our first item was a more traditional take of the Pain au Chocolat ($6) to get a feel on their base pastry. It was amazing. Delightful flakiness and a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth quality.
I should mention Lune is set up a highly funky, ex-warehouse conversion and the kitchen is cleverly placed in the centre of things so diners can watch the process through the glass-framed walls. Very cool. Our second choice was one from the twice-cooked range, the Macca Sacca ($10) which was a macadamia frangipani,salted caramel and topped with macadamia pieces. On the pricer end naturally, but the more standout of the two pastries with an indulgent caramel filling and heavy lashings of powder sugar. Only needed a small sample to know it was some legit material.
We went in pre-lunchtime and some of the items were already being cleared out, so does pay to get in early. So much dough. For only a little bit of dough. I’d most definitely recommend joining the queue for a pastry or two, best stuff around for miles.