La Petite Creperie on Swanston Street
Run out of an old newsstand, La Petite Crêperie is nothing if not innovative. When life and work partners Michael Gatta-Castel and Patrizia Maselli opened it, a great deal of red tape had to be cut. Though challenging, Maselli assures us it was worth it, we have to agree.
The circular takeaway crepe stand is open all day, selling cheap, delicious French-style crepes to the hungry crowds of Melbourne. Located right in the heart of the city on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Streets, La Petite Crêperie has a range of sweet toppings including traditional simple toppings like salted caramel, chocolate, jam and sugar & lemon, as well as some more decadent ones like orange, marmalade, chocolate and flaming Gran Marnier or Apple, plum, cinnamon jam and Calvados.
The crepe stand is unabashedly French in appearance and, just like at Gatta-Castel and Maselli's first restaurant-cum-patisserie La Petite Crêperie on Hardware Lane in Hardware Lane, you are always served by French staff.
La Petite Crêperie is clearly a labour of love for Gatta-Castel and Maselli, which is fitting, as it's proven to be well-loved by the city too.
During MIFF (July 30–16 August 2015) La Petite Crêperie on Swanston Street will be open every night until 11pm.