MELBOURNE | Agathé Kerr has brought her famous French pastries to Melbourne’s CBD, opening Agathé Pâtisserie Petite in Royal Arcade. Growing up in Paris, Agathé loved the pace and atmosphere of the city, so opening a store in the CBD was a natural progression for her. The hole-in-the-wall space, which formerly housed a key cutting counter, will be used to sell a range of pastries, delivered freshly baked from the South Melbourne store. All the classics will be availalbe, as well as Agathé’s famous fusion creations like matcha croissants and peanut caramel cruffins.
We had a brief chat with Agathé about Paris, food and pastries. Here’s what she had to say.
What do you miss most about Paris’ food scene?
I miss the traditional Brasserie you can find around the corner, with food such as Blanquette de veau and Boeuf bourguignon. I also miss having a bakery open until 8pm where I can just buy a fresh baguette. But very soon we will be serving baguettes at our shops so this box will be ticked.
What do you love most about Melbourne’s food scene?
I love the diversity of restaurants. And the fact that you can find so easily food from every continent – from European to Asian and even African. Everything is so accessible here, and there are so many kid friendly places.
What’s your favourite pastry?
Chocolate croissant is my favourite pastry. I used to have one every morning in Paris. Now my kids have one of mine every day!
Best place in Melbourne for a proper baguette?
At the moment I would say Woodfrog bakery – very soon Agathé Patisserie!
You’ve been trading for a few weeks in the CBD now. Are different things more popular here than at the South Melbourne store?
It is actually very similar. It is because many of our regular customers from the market on weekend work in the CBD during the week. Most popular would be the fancier croissants such as pandan or matcha croissants which are available every day at the Royal Arcade.
Agathé Pâtisserie Petite
Shop 49A, Royal Arcade
355 Bourke Street
Tue – Fri: 8:00am to 3:00pm