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“Delicious pastries, adorable courtyard”

La Renaissance Cafe
Ranked #1 of 72 Bakeries in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: The Rocks
Description: Welcome to La Renaissance! We are one of Sydney's oldest family-owned French patisseries, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded the prestigious Relais Desserts status with our head chef and co-owner Jean Michel Raynaud. Each morning we serving fresh buttery pastries, hot coffee & tea, juice, savouries and cakes every day. A great place to recharge and relax if you're new to Sydney and exploring Circular Quay and The Rocks, or a favourite for locals. Our best-selling items include almond croissants and the Monet, a white chocolate mousse cake with lychee jelly, raspberries and coconut base. Cult favourite, the ham and cheese croissant, sells out daily as well, with a shredded ham & cheese bechamel inside and on top of the croissant. Baked until crisp but still a little soft inside... we say yes please!
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I always make sure to stop at La Renaissance when I'm in Sydney because the food is excellent and the courtyard out the back is beautiful and peaceful (even when the front of store is hectic). They make a fantastic array of authentic patisserie classics (I'm partial to an almond croissant) as well as a range of baguettes and pies for lunch. If faced with the sweet vs savoury dilemma, go sweet.

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Thank AdelaideJessica
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This place is amazing!
Whenever i stroll to the Rocks, even only for a short time, i have to stop and have something here!
The waiting is definitely worth, especially during the w/e when the cue goes down the shop for at least 10 meters!The shop itself is pretty small but there are some cozy seats in the backyard.
The place is perfect for a tipical French breakky, with nice and rich pastry, such as pain au chocolat or the almod croissant!
From 11am, unless their habits changed, they start serving the famous baguettes as well, but if you fancy something savoury before that time, you can find quiches and sausage rools(tipical ozzy, not frenchy!) always warm!
A musttotry are the macarons!
The head pastry chef Jean Michel Raynaud is a legend in his job, and these little treats are his best success!Grab a box of 14 pieces, so you can try all the different flavours and enjoy them during a walk in the market!!

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Thank eatAbility
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We really liked this small patisserie in sydney. You line up to order your food most of which you can see behind glass. We had some baguettes and a chicken pie. Then you take the food to the backyard courtyard and find a table. Yes it is unconventional and you may have to fight for a seat but the food is tasty beyond belief. I loved the eclair I had and all of the food was tasty. It didn't come to too much- about $55 for 4 of us. There was free water at the back to save on costs. It felt French to me and was a pleasant change from the Australian food over the past 2 weeks. I would return for the food and the ambience of sitting in the courtyard with a bustling Rocks market just outside.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had our first meal on arriving in Sydney here. It looked good and was reasonably priced for the area, but the area is expensive. A cheese croissant, a (small) smoked salmon quiche and two soft drinks (sodas) came to AUS$19.50. We ate in the courtyard which was pleasant enough. We didn't try any of the pastries or gateaux. At about 2/3 the price it would be good.

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Thank Poconut
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We went to Renaissance cafe twice, for breakfast and for lunch. The service was fast and easy, the food was good and worth the money, and it was very pleasant to sit in the nice backyard. This is a perfect sport for a unformal relaxed break (plus, they make macarons :).

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Thank soline p
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