Frank & Harri Patisserie is the kind of bright and airy operation you’d expect from the duo behind Prahran cafe Fourth Chapter. Sisters Sarah and Jessica Whitfield have since moved on from there and channelled all their energy into this place, opening in 2020 with a bigger focus on French viennoiseries, elaborately layered cakes and baked treats hinging on Jessica's background as a trained pastry chef.

Naturally, the brunch menu is bakery-driven, with croissants served either plain with house preserves or stuffed with Cannings free-range ham, cheese and honey mustard mayo. There are also various gussied-up egg dishes, and a range of toasties prone to selling out before the day’s end.

This place is also a vehicle to showcase Jessica's flair in the cake department, and the signature “Funfetti” – a Victorian sponge layered with Swiss vanilla buttercream, housemade raspberry jam, seasonal berries and encrusted with sprinkles – is deserving of a Hollywood handshake on the Great British Bakeoff. All cakes can be pre-ordered 72 hours in advance.

Sitting outside on the sun-washed corner with a croissant and coffee (the house blend is roasted by Melbourne’s Niccolo) feels rather Parisian. Otherwise, the interior is minimal and spacious – but you’ll be instantly drawn to the pastry cabinet lined with salted choc-chip cookies, callebaut and rye brownies, and passionfruit melting moments.

Frank & Harri is hosting its annual Mother’s Day bake sale on Saturday, May 13. There’ll be a huge variety of cakes, cookies and pastries on offer from 8am–3pm or until sold out. Takeaway only.

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Updated: November 24th, 2023

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