Calling all lovers of sweets far and wide – Sometimes the best things in life are a piece of cake, literally.
Offering a full spectrum of flavours, forms, styles, and techniques, the Melbourne cake shop experience leaves precious little to be desired. From Richmond to South Yarra to the Melbourne CBD, cake shops, bakeries, and patisserie are steady in supply and packed full of the good stuff. And by “good stuff,” we don’t just mean cake, but fresh-baked bread, decadent pastries, chocolates, and delicious hot coffee and tea as well.
And because we love sweets so much, we’ve compiled a list of our nine favourite patisseries and cake shops around Melbourne. You’re welcome.
So whether you’re into a traditional French patisserie or something fabulously fusion, bite-sized tea desserts or buttercream frosted layer cake, we know you’ll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in our guide of Melbourne’s best cake shops and patisseries to visit in 2021!
The best cake shops in Melbourne, Victoria are not challenging to find with so many options available throughout the city. Still, it can be hard to know where you’ll get the best quality cakes from if you’re new in town and looking for your favourite local bakery! Fear not, though – we’ve rounded up some of our favourite cake shops on offer right now for anyone living in Melbourne who wants delicious desserts.
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Location: 10 Lookout Rise Macleod Victoria 3085
Contact Number: 0458 778 780
In the heart of Melbourne’s iconic South Melbourne Market, you will find Agathé Pâtisserie. Famed for their authentic French pastries and cakes, here you’ll be able to bask in awe of their wide selection of golden brown pastries, airy croissants and gleaming fruit tarts. You’re going to want to try them all. Our personal favourites include Agathé’s traditional French croissant, Pain Au Chocolat, and fantastic Apple Turnover coated with a layer of granulated sugar. Agathé also loves incorporating non-traditional French ingredients into their pastries, such as their bright green Pandan Croissant or Matcha Almond Croissant Slice. Always flakey, always delicious; you can’t go wrong with Agathé Pâtisserie.
Are you still craving the French experience? Then head over to this acclaimed patisserie at South Melbourne market or to its sister location in the Royal Arcade. Yes, you’ll find some unique and delicious Melbourne cakes, but you’ll also find the city’s (possibly the continent’s) best croissants.
Location: 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
LuxBite is the unique and innovative patisserie you’ve been looking for. Get ready for traditional French baking methods combined with nostalgic flavours from their Malaysian heritage. You’ll be salivating looking at their wide selection of 100% French butter croissants, each filled with something you might not expect. From Pandan Cream and Black Truffle & Hazelnut to Rose, Raspberry and Lychee, as well as a Macadamia Praliné and Biscoff spread – LuxBite always keeps you on your toes. For your visit, we recommend their Signature Tea Set, which includes nine of LuxBite’s most iconic celebration cakes that have been miniaturised into bite-sized tea cakes.
Location: 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141
Contact: (03) 9867 5888
Like us, you’ve probably grown up with Brunetti. This authentic Roman pasticceria first began trading in Faraday Street Carlton in 1985. Since then, Brunetti continues to show their dedication to pastry through their mouthwatering selection of celebration cakes, bite-sized desserts, gelato and, of course, excellent Italian-style coffee from the bar. Their stunning Flinders Lane location is the perfect spot for large groups for any occasion. Our personal favourites from Brunetti include their Tiramisu Semifreddo, Lemon Brulee Tart, Nutella Cannoli and their delectable Coffee Éclair. To experience true Italian pasticceria, Brunetti is where you want to be.
Location: 250 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Contact: (03) 7034 7066
This charming bakery feels like it should exist in a children’s storybook. Beatrix Bakes use high-quality and seasonal ingredients from local Australian producers and farmers markets. The powerhouse behind these delicious cakes is Nat Paull, who has brought many years of experience in the pastry game and irreverent creativity to the bakery. Offering an expansive selection of delicious and innovative sweet offerings, grab a slice of something nostalgic like their Lemon Tart, Hummingbird Layer Cake or Sponge Cake with Passionfruit Curd. Or, for something different, try their Sour Cream Cheesecake with fresh strawberry sauce and cookie crumb or their Salted Dulce De Leche Cheesecake. Hungry yet?
One of Melbourne’s top cake makers goes by the name of Natalie Paull, and she runs this famous corner bakery, where the selections change each day. Beat the crowd, and you might be able to score a slice of Paull’s legendary sour cream chocolate cake, which many say is the best chocolate cake in all of Melbourne. No matter what you order here, it’s going to be purposefully basic and utterly fantastic.
Location: 688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Contact: 040 36 988 36
Miss Ladybird Cakes
If the occasion calls for cake, then you best call this Melbourne cake shop. Not only do they make everything—and we mean everything—from scratch using local ingredients, but each custom creation must be seen to be believed. Large cakes are the name of the game, and most of the ordering is down online or by phone, but there’s also a café-style retail store where you can grab a delicious slice and a hot cup of coffee.
Location: Unit 1/262 Glen Eira Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Phone: 039578 8485
Millstone Patisserie is the warm and inviting patisserie with an incredible selection of cakes and tarts, pastries, petit gateaux, buttercream layer cakes and sponge cakes. Seriously, they’ve got it all. They also specialise in custom cakes where you can work with them to create the perfect flavour combination, decorations and designs for your next special occasion. Each one of their celebration cakes consists of four layers of butter cake that have been sandwiched between various fillings and coated with a thick layer of decadent buttercream. And, not to mention, this patisserie also caters to all of your dietary needs with their beautiful selection of vegan and gluten-free offerings that will convince even the most discerning of sweets lovers.
Location: 10a Claremont Ave, Malvern, VIC 3144
Contact: 03 7038 0645
Bibelot is the place you come to satisfy your sweet tooth. From their beautiful South Melbourne venue, you’ll be tempted by their wide selection of divine handcrafted cakes, bonbons, macarons and biscuits – each one made with pure artisanship that pays homage to traditional French patisserie. Bibelot also serves up some of Melbourne’s best gelato, and not to mention their diverse selection of artfully crafted chocolates. To get the full Bibelot experience try their beautiful Gourmandise tasting board, which includes some of their most signature chocolate bonbons, biscuits, macarons and, of course, their famous Petits Gâteaux. And, according to Bibelot, this is best enjoyed with a cheeky glass of bubbly. Don’t mind if we do!
It’s love at first sight when you enter this South Melbourne patisserie, where lavish desserts shine like works of art from within their glass displays. Penetrate the rich frosting to find a bounty of luscious layers, flavours, and textures, the kind of which will ignite every last taste bud. While you can do no wrong at Bibelot, previous guests will swear that you must try the Hazelnut Praline Crunch Cake. This is also one of Melbourne’s best birthday cake shops for fancy people.
Location: 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Contact: 03 9690 2688
Le Petit Gateau
Culling from the French tradition, this modern patisserie is arguably the best cake shop in Melbourne’s CBD. Technique reigns supreme in these parts with the eye-popping visuals and decadent flavours to show for it. Choose from various exquisite cakes, and don’t forget to snap a pic for Instagram before diving in.
Location: 458 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9944 8893
Cremorne Street Bakers
Here’s a Melbourne cake shop so reliable that a slew of other bakeries and cafés stock their product. As such, there’s a good chance you’ve tried something from these classic cake makers without even knowing it. Your best bet is to pop into the Cremorne store just to be sure. Expect to find everything you could ask for and then some.
Location: 135 Cremorne St, Cremorne VIC 3121
Contact: 03 9428 8341
Miss Trixie Drinks Tea
Visionary Alice Bennett created Miss Trixie Drinks Tea. A concept originally distributed as a blog was a way to show her family and friends her weekend baking. It turned into said family and friends drooling over her creations and phoning her at ridiculous hours in the night to satisfy their cravings. So, she started to box up her cakes and take them to the people who craved them—starting Miss Trixie Drinks Tea, because you have to give the people what they want, which appears to be cake.
Location: 135 Cremorne Street, Cremorne VIC 3121
Contact: 03 9428 8341
At Candied Bakery, you’ll find instant and indulgent classics, some of which skew the line between cake and pie. That’s certainly the case with the Red Velvet Cheesecake Pie, which features a crushed Oreo cookie crust and mounds of cream cheese frosting. Technicalities aside, we’re calling it cake and one of the best cakes in Melbourne at that!
Location: 81A Hudsons Rd, Spotswood VIC 3015
Contact: 0497 103 428
Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop
Some dessert-lovers might see terms like “vegan” or “allergy-friendly” and run for the hills, but they’d be missing out on one of the best Melbourne cake shops. From their custom birthday cakes to their decadent cinnamon buns to anything in between, Mister Nice Guys delivers textures and flavours so satisfying that eggs and dairy will start to seem downright superfluous.
Location: 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Phone: 0404 191 13
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
A Melbourne dessert institution, if there ever was one, Burch & Purchase churns out bespoke chocolates, small-batch jams, birthday cakes, cookies, tarts, and anything else that might satisfy your sweet tooth. Their mirror-glazed cakes are the stuff of local legend, and the Explosive Raspberry Milk Chocolate Cake, in particular, packs in more layers than a James Joyce novel.
Location: 647 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
Phone: (03) 9827 7060
The proof is in the pudding, as they like to say at this beloved Melbourne bakery. As it turns out, the proof is also in the cake, cookie, brownie, cupcake, tart, and pie, amongst other things. Innovation and creativity are a big part of the process, leading to lip-smacking crowd-pleasers like the marshmallow layer cake and almond ganache tort. An online portal makes ordering each cake a breeze, so hit it up before the next birthday party.
Location: 531 Nicholson St, Carlton North VIC 3054
Sucre du jour
Sucre du jour is a humble bakery, patisserie cafe and cake shop situated in the bustling suburb of Camberwell Melbourne. Born from the dreams and hopes of a young couple trying to make it, both Eigen Ting and Josephin Tan have worked in notable establishments ranging from Michelin starred restaurants to luxury hotels such as Joël Robuchon, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Raffles Hotel and Shangri-La Hotel, just to name a few.
The couple specialises in fine and delicate pastries; just take a look at their website, and it’s enough to blow your mind. Intricate details are found across the board as they aim to bring back the chic feel you experience whilst walking down the streets of Paris.
Location: Shop 10/436 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
Contact: 0403 448 906
Monarch Cakes know a thing or two about making the best cakes in Melbourne. After all, they’ve been in the baking business for over 80 years. Many of the recipes originated from the original shop in Poland, where they were brought to Australia, being used here ever since. A cake was made from fresh, raw ingredients such as butter, flour, eggs, and sugar. Today many have sacrificed that old fashioned flavour to baking more quickly and cheaply. Monarch Cakes would never dream of doing such a thing! Highlights include the Chocolate Kooglhoupf and 100-year-old baked cheesecake.
Location: 103 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Contact: (03) 9534 2972
Cupcake Occasion Melbourne specialises in custom made cupcakes and cookies for corporate events and special occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, christenings, baby showers, engagements parties, hens parties and more. We cater anywhere from 24 cupcakes/cookies to 10,000 cupcakes/cookies.
Every occasion is a cake worthy occasion. We create bespoke cakes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events and more.