Sydney bites: La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie, Gelato Messina and Chanoma Cafe

A sweet binge round up of our time in Sydney to end off the first week in April.

We stumbled upon La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie down by The Rocks after we wondered around the area for a bit of a stroll and some sight seeing. I was going to pass up on purchasing anything but recalled Tiger mentioning that the macs here were pretty good so I got ourselves a box of 5 for $13.50 ($2.70 each).

la renaissance cafe patisserie, macarons

Unfortunately when we got to La Renaissance, it was close to their closing time so only a limited of macaron flavours were available, 5 to be exact. At least it didn’t make it too hard in choosing what flavours to have. Our box of macarons included: rosewater, jasmine green tea; mango, lime and coconut, blackcurrant and dark chocolate & orange. The verdict? Yummy!! Our favs were the jasmine green tea (so jasmine-y and fragrant) and dark chocolate & orange (not too sweet with just the right amount of citrus). Surprisingly we preferred it over the Zumbarons that we usually get as the flavours were way more intense and the shell delicate and chewy. Having said that, Zumbarons will always pull us back for their flavours, namely the buttered popcorn and peach iced tea. Mmmm~

The other place that I had to cross off my list during my Sydney visit was Gelato Messina. The hot spot for ice cream it seems!

gelato messina
2 scoops: Donkey Kong and apple pie

The counter at Gelato Messina inside The Star was buzzing, it was crowded with people like a bee swarming and buzzing around a hive. It took a bit of effort to squeeze through but we managed and had a quick look see at the flavours available, gourmet and limited time only flavours along with the classic favourites. I chose one of the specials of the day: Donkey Kong with peanut butter gelato with coffee custard and cocoa nib crunch and a scoop of delicious apple pie. Creamy and velvety smooth with intense and strong flavours. It’ll keep kids of all ages happy! The stranger chose tiramisu and coconut & lychee; the former he demolished in no time. He wasn’t a fan of the coconut and lychee but I did steal a spoonful or two and quite enjoyed it. Fresh and vibrant, just like the fruit themselves but in ice cream form. :)~

I can’t wait to head back to Sydney or Melbourne (they’ve opened up a store there) and try out their other flavours!

What’s a Sydney trip without one of my absolute favs? It’s quickly becoming a Sydney tradition for me.

chanoma cafe, matcha green tea float
Matcha soft serve float; $6.00

Sugar hit satisfied!

La Renaissance Cafe Patisserie
47 Argyle Street The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000
P 02 9241 4878

Opening hours
7 days 8am-6pm

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Gelato Messina
The Star Store
Cafe Court, Level G
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
P 1800 435 286 (1800 GELATO)

Opening hours
Sun-Thu 11am-11pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11.30pm

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Chanoma Cafe
Regent Place
501 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
P 02 9767 5465

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