Lune Croissanterie opens in Fitzroy serving their legendary buttery pastries
Much like a hungry dog trained to sniff out truffles, I’ve been on the hunt for the best croissant in Melbourne. A croissant that is perfectly flakey, buttery and crisp as you bite into it. I finally found it at Lune Croissanterie.
The original Lune Croissanterie in Elwood was opened as a ‘hole in the wall’ by Kate Reid in 2012. Three years later, Kate joined forces with her brother Cameron and Nathan Toleman – a man well known in the café business at the likes of Liar Liar, Apte, Three Bags Full, Two Birds one Stone, Top Paddock and Higher Ground – to open Lune v2.0 in Fitzroy.
The Fitzroy bakery in Rose Street is housed in a converted warehouse with beautiful exposed beam ceilings, brick walls and polished concrete floors, thanks to designers Studio Esteta. The lights, which replicate shooting stars, depict the galactic theme of Lune, with the same design featured in the cutouts of the pastry boxes.
The magic happens in the centre, where patrons enjoy the pastries while gazing into ‘The Cube’, a 360 degree glass window, to watch how they’re made in this purpose-built bakery. It’s spellbinding watching the dexterity of the bakers as they roll out croissants into perfect scrolls. I watch and witness the “attention to detail at every single stage in the croissant making process”.
‘The Cube’ is also home to the Lune Lab (bookings only) where you can be the first to sample experimental pastries, straight from the oven.
The pattiserie menu features an array of croissants, some of which are double baked, danishes, Kouign Amann (pronounced kween ah-man), escargot, and cruffins (croissant muffins). Spoilt for choice, we decided not to eat for the rest of the day so that we could order one of everything. Best decision ever.
The traditional croissant, which takes three days to prepare, exemplifies why Lune Croissanterie is one of the best. The double baked Snickers croissant taste like a fancy chocolate bar and the cream and jam cruffin is far superior to any boring old scone.
For something savoury, the ham and gruyere croissant hits the spot and the reuben has a delicious kick to it.
Also available are Small Batch coffee and Mork Hot Chocolate to warm you up on these chilly winter mornings.
The popularity of Lune Croissanterie was evident with the line of people waiting to get their hands and mouths on some pastries. Everyone left with at least one box full of these flakey, buttery gems.
If you want to sit in, perch at the stone bench and watch the bakers do their thing or grab a seat around the edges of the room and wait for your perfect pastries to be served.
With your sugar and caffeine cravings satisfied, head over to The Rose Street Artists’ Market for some hand made goods of a different variety.
119 Rose Street, Fizroy
Open: Mon, Thurs & Fri 7:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm