It might be a Northern Hemisphere tradition, but Melburnians love a good mince pie too. Want to share some good ones with friends, family and workmates? Head for these top shops.
Baker D Chirico
Daniel Chirico is Melbourne’s king of artisinal bread, and a hot contender for the prince of pastry too. His Baker D Chirico empire has expanded over the years with stores in Carlton and South Yarra. Wherever you go, his rustic fruit mince tarts await. Buy half a dozen adorned in a gorgeous festive box.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
They sold out last year, so get in quick for Mörk Chocolate Brew House’s chocolate Christmas pies. As if rosella-soaked sour cherries wasn’t enough, the filling also has pieces of Venezuelan chocolate. Plus there’s Peruvian cocoa in the pastry. Order online to ensure your box is waiting at this divine North Melbourne shop.
Queen Victoria Market
Festive spices and freshly baked goodness is all over Queen Victoria Market right now. Find traditional mince pies at The Bread Box, gluten-free treats at Andrew’s Bread Shop, or Noisette’s handmade tarts at M&G Caiafa.
Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie
This Little Collins Street favourite brings Parisian elegance to every sweet bite, even ye olde English fruit mince tart. Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie offers buttery shortcrust cases filled with quality fruit, including candied orange peel. They’re available individually or in packs of six.
This Melbourne icon is best known for Italian coffee and cake, but they make a pretty fine English-style fruit mince pie too. Pop into Brunetti Carlton or the 300-seat Brunetti City for these sweet treats baked fresh in their Brunswick factory. Rich with sultanas and encased in shortbread pastry then decorated with a star, they’re sold individually or in ribboned boxes of six. Buon Natale!
Melbourne’s go-to gourmet shopping destination for years, the David Jones food hall is always a good bet for delicious Christmas fare. Feast on boxes of Walkers fruit mince pies, made with traditional ingredients like butter, ginger, apples and currants. Plus a generous slug of Glenfiddich 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky!
Need fruit mince tarts in a rush? Delicious pies are just around the corner at the Woodfrog Bakery street kiosk near Flinders Street Station. Deliciously crumbly pastry and not too sweet. these pies are $4 each or pick up six for $21.
Wonderpop & Deli
Serving up a mouth-watering range of pies, pastries and sweet treats, Wonderpop & Deli is calling in the big guns this festive season. Pick up some of Nana Fraser’s mini mince pies, made with love and studded with dainty pastry stars for your Yuletide event. Guaranteed pielicious.
You’ll want to get your hands on these Christmas delights. They’re packed with spicy fruit filling and encased in melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. Enjoy a mince pie moment at Ferguson Plarre, a Melbourne bakehouse institution. Available by the dozen, half dozen or individually.
Brioche by Phillip
Brioche by Phillip delivers the (baked) goods when it comes to everyone’s favourite Christmas treat. Enjoy a petit piece of France right here in Melbourne. Their pies are laden with spicy dried fruit, in a soft crumbly pastry. These pint-sized parcels of goodness are a must-have for your festive catch-ups.
Spring Street Grocer
It’s a temple of good food, so of course Spring Street Grocer has some of the best mince tarts in town. This year they have pies by Philippa Sibley. Made the traditional way, packed full of dried fruits and spices with a kick of zest and booze. They’re $15 for a pack of six.