It may be a Northern Hemisphere tradition, but Melbourne loves a good mince pie for Yuletide too. If you want to share some really 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, including stores in Carlton and South Yarra. Wherever you go, his rustic fruit mince tarts await. Buy them individually, or get a half or whole dozen in a gorgeous festive box illustrated by Alice Oehr.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
They sold out last year, so get in quick for Mörk Chocolate Brew House’s chocolate Christmas pies! As if luxe fruit like rosella-soaked sour cherries wasn’t enough, the filling also has pieces of Venezuelan chocolate. Plus there’s Peruvian cocoa in the pastry. OMG! Order online to ensure your box is waiting at this divine North Melbourne shop.
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 newish 300-seat Brunetti City for these sweet treats baked fresh in their Brunswick factory. Rich with sultanas and encased in shortbread pastry decorated with a star, they’re sold individually or in beribboned boxes of six. Buon Natale!
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. Choose from two local, gluten-free options: Asterisk Kitchen’s packs, which include almond crescents too, or GF Precinct’s fruity, brandy-soaked box of four. Coeliac-friendly Christmas treats sorted!
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’s take sees perfect little buttery shortcrust cases filled with quality fruit, including candied orange peel. They’re available individually or in packs of six.
Melbourne’s go-to gourmet shopping destination for years, the David Jones food hall is always a good bet for delicious Christmas fare. Including boxes of Walkers fruit mince pies, made with all the traditional ingredients like butter, ginger, apples and currants. Plus a generous slug of Glenfiddich 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky!
Queen Victoria Market
Beautiful baked scents waft from several Queen Victoria Market stalls year-round, but there’s a sweet, festive spiciness in the air right now. You’ll find yummy mince pies at The Bread Box, gluten-free ones at Andrew’s Bread Shop, and Noisette’s handmade tarts at M&G Caiafa.
With locations at Melbourne Central and Rialto Towers, you’re never far from a Rustica mince pie. Made from fruit filling that they’ve been refining since last year, this sweet and spicy mix of raisins, currents, sultanas, apples, oranges and brandy is sure to exceed your mince pie standards.