Sydney's patisseries have come a long way since the era of neighbourhood bakeries, brick-like brownies and those loaves of banana bread that leave your hand covered in a film of grease.

Now our patisseries don't just reflect afternoon cravings, they take influences from all the communities which makes up the city as well as taking techniques and inspiration from the French and Italian patisseries that first set the scene here. Some are even using Australia's history and native ingredients as a source of innovation.

These patisseries are the leaders, the innovators and perfectionists. Here you'll get the flakiest croissants, the most delicate cakes and many more things which you've never heard of, because they've just been invented.

JC & Co. Espresso and Patisserie

Elaborate tea and rainbow crepe cakes from a pastry chef.

Shop 8 23-31 Morwick Street, Strathfield

Penny Fours

Where good things come in small, sweet packages.

141 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Black Star Pastry Newtown

Pretty much everyone in the queue is here for the Watermelon Cake.

277 Australia Street, Newtown

Flour and Stone Salon

For classics, this is best there is.

53 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Mrs Jones the Baker

Simply excellent pastries in Freshwater.

16A Lawrence Street, Freshwater

Berkelo

Try one of the unusually dense croissants.

8 William Street, Brookvale

Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie

Asian-inspired cakes and technical French pastries.

274 Botany Road, Alexandria

Saga

The first solo venture from pastry extraordinaire Andy Bowdy.

178 Enmore Road, Enmore

Miam Patisserie

Parisian cakes with Asian flavours.

140 313 Harris St, Pyrmont

Brickfields

If you go at the hour it opens, you'll have one of the best croissants in Sydney.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Madame & Yves

The pastry chef here has cooked for the Obamas and the Clintons, in the kitchens of Est and Kisume, and won multiple awards at the World Pastry Cup.

343-345 Clovelly Road, Clovelly

Sweet Belem

Just go for the Portuguese tarts.

35 B New Canterbury Road, Petersham

Koi Dessert Bar Chippendale

Innovative cakes from Masterchef's Reynold Poernomo. Also in Ryde.

46 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Labancz Patisserie-Boulangerie

Classic French pastries and some of the best croissants in Sydney.

719 Darling Street, Rozelle
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