La Gerbe D’Or, Sydney

Sydney’s 10 best Patisseries

1: Adriano Zumbo (Balmain)

2: Yellow (Potts Point)

3:Croissant D’or (Pott’s Point)

4:Beatrice Levanti (Botany)

5: Croquembouche Patisserie ( Botany)

6: Sugarloaf Patisserie (Kogarah)

7: Fernandes Patisserie (Dulwich Hill)

8: Pasticceria Papa (Haberfield)

9: La Gerbe D’or (Paddington)

10: Bourke St Bakery (Surry Hills)

We all know that Honey is the dessert princess, so you can imagine how I had to rack my brains to find the perfect birthday cake. After a lot of online research and considering  Sydney’s 10 best patisseries, I chose La Gerbe D’or.

Out of this amazing list, why did I choose La Gerbe D’or? I needed my chosen bakery to have good pastries, great cakes and ideally be conveniently located near the city. So I rang around for opening times and to have a chat with the establishments, and La Gerbe D’or stood out in their over-the-phone service!

When I’m ‘shopping’ around, I tend to ask alot of questions… “What time do you open? Do you have pain au chocolat? What pastries do you specialise in? Do you have enough sitting space? What time is your busy period on Saturday? What can you recommend to make a birthday cake special?” I can be a real pain… but Deborah and Miriam answered all my questions and were more than helpful in helping me put together a selection of their best pastries for Honey’s birthday cake! I love great service and decided that La Gerbe D’or was the bakery that was going to be the one! It was also pure coincidence and luck that it was on the same street, and a couple of minutes walk away from L’Étoile, where we had lunch.

After lunch, M, S and I pretended to be too full (ok we were full) and keen to explore the cafes around Paddington. We “stumbled” upon La Gerbe D’or and proceeded to order our coffee and teas. I casually asked for my order, brought it to the table. I was very pleased with the arrangement of the cakes and pastries. Miriam and Deborah even made a special box to hold the selection of pastries. So when Honey opened the box, all the slices of cake were perfectly arranged. We had:

Vanilla Millefeuilles

Strawberry Millefeuilles

Citron Tart

Strawberry Tart

Ganache cake

Opera cake

Saint Honore

Honey and I agreed on some of our favourites: the ganache cake, strawberry tart and strawberry millefeuille. I also loved the citron tart as I felt that it had just the right amount of citrusy sourness, however, Honey felt that it was too ‘eggy’ for her.

Honey also loved the Opera cake as the combination of almond biscuit (jaconde), ganache and coffee butter cream went really well, and the layers were so even and perfect!

The team at La Gerbe D’or also had another special surprise for Honey. A cute little crème brulée with birthday candles!

We  had the best teas at La Gerbe D’or too! It comes served in a super massive pot and is super strong (they use loose tea leaves). Honey and I drank lots of tea that day with our addition of honey and soy milk. Overall, given the selection of pastries, and the fact that you could taste the good quality ingredients used, plus the lovely staff that went out of their way to make Honey‘s day special, I would highly rate La Gerbe D’or as one the best patisseries that we have been to. The fact that they have excellent customer service makes me want to keep going back!

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La Gerbe D’or

255 Glenmore Road

Paddington NSW 2021

02 9331 1070

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  • Michelle Chin

    The opera cake looks so nice!

    *watery eyes*

  • Iron Chef Shellie

    awwww what a fantastic idea!!!
    I’ll have to pop that place on my list of places to stuff my face when I finally come up to Sydney!

  • Hannah Terry-Whyte

    Oh, *swoon*! That opera cake looks like it could rival the one I had in Paris :) And well done on your sneaky pastry cleverness – I bet Honey appreciated it greatly!

  • Malz

    Oh yummm… such good memories. The baguettes that I bought were also really good!

  • Anonymous

    The opera cakes look super awesome! Glad to see that another pastry shop takes your fancy instead of Zumbo

  • honeyandsoy

    Sigh, wish I had it for dessert tonight….

  • honeyandsoy

    Yeah, hope you get to try the savoury stuff 8)

  • honeyandsoy

    Wow, I’ve not been to Paris yet, but that’s a really good compliment to La Gerbe D’or. yeah, I think honey liked it..8)


  • honeyandsoy

    8), Hi Mal, hope you liked the ganache too!


  • honeyandsoy

    Lol penny, funny you said that, I haven’t tried Zumbo yet coz of the long queues…


  • celia

    So beautiful! Happy birthday, Honey! :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww how sweet! Happy Birthday Honey! What a perfect way to sweeten the day :)

  • Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Aww what a lovely surprise! Have yet to visit here but the pastries look fantastic!

  • Faith

    Happy Birthday, Honey! What a lovely birthday treat, all the cakes look amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Looks fantastic! It’s so nice to get a lovely surprise too, so sweet…

  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lorraine! Looking back at all the photos, I do wish I had more of those sweet treats!

  • honeyandsoy

    It was lovely, Helen! And I had no idea what she was up to, so I really didn’t catch on until we sat down. I hope you get to try it soon too!


  • honeyandsoy

    Haha, she is a sweet one, that Soy ;)


  • honeyandsoy

    Thanks Faith! You know fabulous cakes make for a great birthday!