Le Jolie Café
When a cafe sells out of their freshly baked croissants before 9am, they’re either doing something right, or just need to make more croissants. Or both.
Across the street from Pascoe Vale station, Le Jolie Café creates traditional French cafe-style food and desserts. What started out as wholesale waffle company Waffle Jolie, has turned into a proper cafe with a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as sweet and savoury pastries, tarts, croissants, tartines (French sandwiches), and sweet Belgian waffles. And don't forget the classic Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame.
Paris-born Guy Trinquet owns the cafe with his wife Kathleen and spends hours baking each day. He also runs a professional make-up business and paints all the watercolor landscapes that decorate Le Jolie’s walls.
The food servings are only small but are made with quality ingredients in true French style. The croissants are buttery and flaky and the hot chocolate is a truly home-made French experience: they melt down Belgian chocolate and combine it with milk for a rich, thick and creamy result. Even the free-range eggs are mixed with herbs sent directly from the south of France.
Coffee is from Melba which is organic and rainforest alliance certified. The cold-drip maker sits on display in the store’s front window, not a common find around Pascoe Vale.
French wines and ciders are also available and are best enjoyed out back in the courtyard, next to a tranquil pond and lush hanging vines.