Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

Pembroke Patisserie's cabinet filled with yummy treats

Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

Words by: Julia Rutherford

First, it’s the sight of so many expertly crafted pastries, delicately decorated cakes and colourful array of treats. Next, it’s the intoxicating smell of sweetness that envelops you, as the flavours of fruits, chocolates, caramels and custards reign supreme. And then of course there’s taste, where everything can seem right in the world, after consuming a melt-in-your-mouth macaron or light-as-a-feather eclair.

We might be thousands of miles away from the French origins of this spectacular craft but we are so lucky that throughout New Zealand, there are pâtisseries honouring this profession and putting their own spin on things too. As you follow the crumbs and traverse the country, be transported to the streets of Paris, as you sample buttery layers of pastry and exquisitely composed desserts that look too pretty to eat… well almost too pretty.

Vaniyé Pâtisserie

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1/7 Windsor Street, Parnell, Auckland

Just off the busy Parnell Road, you will find the passion project pâtisserie of husband and wife team, Sonia and Laurent Haumonté. Walking through the front doors you will be wowed by the cabinet full of delectable, delicate pastries and sweets. It’s hard to narrow down your choice to just one thing, so best to choose several. And better still, if you have a celebration on your hands, Sophie makes the most impressive cakes, that are certain to be a crowd-pleaser.

Alexandre Patisserie & Chocolaterie

9 Coleman Place, Palmerston North Central

If you find yourself in Alexandre Patisserie & Chocolaterie, welcome to a slice of heaven. Here you will find a cabinet laden with tarts of all kinds, from cheesecake fillings to chocolate and pecan to the quintessential French citron. The drool face emoji definitely comes to mind when surveying these works of patisserie art. The temptations don’t stop with the tarts, with many incredible creative cakes also coming out of the kitchen here. The team at Alexandre are even partial to including a croquembouche element to a cake to give it that extra wow factor.

Cabinet of sweet treats at Alexandre Patisserie & Chocolaterie Palmerston North Central

Pembroke Patisserie

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20 Alison Avenue, Albert Town, Wānaka

Calling Wanaka’s Albert Town home, Pembroke Patisserie is well known among locals and visitors alike. Not only do they have their own boutique shop, Pembroke also supplies many cafes around Wanaka with their exquisite pastries and sweets. Starting life off at Farmers Markets, owner Kirsty was very keen to keep that same sort of market set up and feeling in the store and they have definitely done this at an elevated level.

Sweet Soul Patisserie

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126 Cashel Street Guthery Center, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury

Two sisters are the masterminds behind Sweet Soul Patisserie in the Guthrey Center in Christchurch’s city centre. Taina and Ria turned their dream of opening their own patisserie into a reality and for anyone visiting Sweet Soul it is clear to see the passion they have for producing the highest quality sweet treats. There are definitely the French classics to be found but with a clear Kiwi twist and the sisters are committed to using natural and organic ingredients, only the best at Sweet Soul.

The Tart Tin

42 Queens Gardens, Central Dunedin, Dunedin

Beginning life as a farmers' market stall, the Tart Tin in Dunedin has a loyal local following. With their shopfront open Wednesday through Friday, you have to be in quick to avoid missing out on the delicious sweet treats made by owner Matt and his best mate. Featuring in the cabinet includes the stickiest of cinnamon sticky buns, insane donuts and perfectly piped cupcakes.

Grace Patisserie

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Shop 6/100 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Wellington’s Grace Patisserie is the exact antidote to busy city life, a calm oasis where you can take a moment to sit down, enjoy a warming beverage and contemplate which of the many enticing pastries you want to sample. There are of course the classics on offer whilst also honouring flavours and creations from around Asia, Europe and the Pacific. So next time you need some peace and patisserie, head along to Grace.

Butter

466 Tuam Street, Christchurch

Plan ahead if you want to sample some of the best caneles, madeleines, macarons and tarts in Christchurch. Corentin Esquenet’s Butter operates out of the cloud kitchen spaces on Tuam Street, offering pick-up and delivery services for the picture-perfect pastries he produces. Do yourself a favour and don’t delay in placing an order for a box of these beauties to sample.

Rich Chocolate treats from Butter.

Atelier Shu

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1 Faraday Street, Parnell, Auckland

Atelier Shu combines two great loves of the French… patisserie and style. Entering this Parnell patisserie feels like stepping into a luxury fashion boutique on the streets of Paris, with beautiful design details at every turn. Once you have finished marvelling over the interiors of the space, it’s time to start drooling over the hand-crafted pastries. The team here are skilful in their balance of infusing traditional patisserie with global flavours and creativity.

Le Panier

54 Holmwood Road, Merivale, Christchurch

A quintessential French patisserie and boulangerie in the heart of Merivale in Christchurch, Le Panier is a favourite among locals and it’s not hard to see why. There is of course the daily section of freshly baked loaves of bread and croissants which belong in the boulangerie camp, but the patisserie section is equally as impressive. With lemon tarts and mille-feuille (aka custard slice on steroids!) just some of the standouts, make sure you go hungry!

Close up of fresh bread at Le Panier French patisserie.

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Everyday Needs

Homewares on shelves.
Place Auckland

As the shop’s name suggests, the focus here is on items for the home that are practical and useful – the kind of things you couldn’t imagine living without.

Mr T's Baked Goods & Eatery

Close up of baguettes for sale at Mr T's Baked Goods and Eatery, Auckland.
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Bird on a Wire

Wooden table against wooden wall.
Place Auckland
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The guys at Bird on a Wire crisp up some of the best beer battered chips around. An easy companion to one of their Dirty Bird burgers.

The Kimchi Project

Entrance to the Kimchi Project.
Place Auckland
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Offering Korean-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a menu full of delicious surprises.