In an inconspicuous-looking alley off the South Melbourne market is Chez Dré, a cafe and bakery created by pastry chef Andréa (Dré) Reiss and business partner, Steve Sam.
While it is a large converted warehouse, the space (designed by Melbourne’s Breathe Architecture) feels warm and inviting rather than industrial. A blue curved wall borders the kitchen and the concrete floor has been sprayed with a bright-red pattern.
Chez Dré offers French-inspired all-day breakfasts using the highest quality local produce and organic ingredients. Highlights include avo with whipped goat’s cheese and braised beef cheek baguette.
The bakery sells nine different artisan breads, all baked in-house using traditional artisan methods that involve organic flours and overnight fermentation.
A selection of house-made doughnuts and tarts is also available.
For sweet-tooths looking for something more decadent, head next door to sister cafe Bibelot, which features petit gâteaux and macarons.