Brunetti, Myer Melbourne and Carlton

Brunetti is Melbourne’s iconic pasticceria, and the flagship Brunetti store on Lygon Street in Carlton was on my Melbourne To Eat List. But on our first morning in Melbourne we were delighted to discover there is a Brunetti very conveniently located in Myer on Bourke Street.

The display case is impressively long and overwhelmingly abundant with mignons (Brunetti’s bite-sized cakes and pastries), chocolates, gelati, mini pizzas and fresh bread rolls with savoury fillings. How does a greedy tourist decide when faced with all of this? My ridiculously long short-list will require follow-up visits.

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Jac ordered a soy latte with Bigne San Giuseppe, a doughnut pastry dusted in cinnamon and sugar and filled with Strega chantilly cream. I ordered a soy flat white with Bigne Caffe, choux pastry filled with coffee custard, topped with coffee fondant. The pastries and fillings were rich, but just the right size. The coffee was excellent.

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On our final night in Melbourne, we took a tram to Lygon Street after dinner and dropped in at Brunetti Carlton. This Brunetti location is relatively new; they closed their shop on Faraday Street to move into this much bigger 400-seat venue last year. Another extensive display case of heavenly treats awaits inside, and to get to it, you’ll walk past a mesmerising wall to wall display of celebration cakes. If there was a Land of Cakes up the Magic Faraway Tree, you just found it. But delve deeper into the store, and there’s so much more than coffee and cake – it’s a Brunetti empire, with a gelateria, pizzeria, panetteria and a la carte restaurant. The cafe has an almost palatial grandeur you might miss due to the clamourous swarm of locals and visitors. On this Friday night, we decided to keep walking rather than join the mob. But we’ll be back.

Brunetti Myer Melbourne’s hours of operation are defined by the department store’s opening hours, but Brunetti Carlton will cater for early bird and late night sweet cravings – it opens at 6am every day and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11pm every other night. Both stores have plenty of seating for dine-in customers, but you may have to wait for a table during busy times.

While researching Brunetti, I found this article on the lack of toilets at Brunetti Carlton – we didn’t stay long enough to notice the loos (or lack of) – is this still an issue?

DSCF3888Toy soldiers guard the entrance at Brunetti Carlton

DSCF3880Baristas at work at the coffee bar in the centre of the cafe

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Brunetti Myer Melbourne
Level 3, Myer
Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC
Telephone: (03) 9661 1380
Opening hours
Saturday to Wednesday 9am to 7pm
Thursday and Friday 9am to 9pm

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Brunetti Carlton
380 Lygon Street
Carlton VIC
Telephone: (03) 9347 2801
Opening hours
Sunday to Thursday 6am to 11pm
Friday and Saturday 6am to midnight

Brunetti is also at City Square (Flinders Lane), Camberwell and Singapore

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This is my final post in this Melbourne series of blog posts. It was my first time in Melbourne, and I had a fantastic time. There was so much we couldn’t get to within the available time/tummy.

Last breakfast - buffet at the Mantra on Russell.Our final breakfast – the buffet at our accommodation, the Mantra on Russell. A very simple buffet – nothing to get excited about, but it did the trick.

DSCF3755We enjoyed walking by the river.

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The free City Circle tram We rode the City Circle tram multiple times – it’s free and stops at major tourist attractions around the Melbourne CBD. Well worth a ride if it’s your first time in Melbourne.

About this series


In December 2013, my partner Jac and I went on holiday – Melbourne (3 nights), then 3 nights in Launceston (Jac, to stay with a friend) and King Island (me, for a photographic safari with a couple of friends), and finally, Hobart, where we spent Christmas (6 nights). This trip was not sponsored in any way.

The complete set of Melbourne posts
Not bad for three nights’ ‘work’, eh? Hope you’ve enjoyed the series.

There’s more to come… from Tasmania

Next to come: a real change of scenery with King Island. Then Hobart.

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  • Wow Cynthia, Brunetti looks very impressive and your photos are just gorgeous. So many treats…and the coffee bar looks particularly swish! I really must get to Melbourne.

    I have been so looking forward to your King Island post. I wouldn’t normally mention my blog on your blog but I also blogged about our King Island experience, you may or may not be interested in it!

    • Jane, I enjoyed your King Island posts – have left a comment on one! :) I really enjoyed my stay on King Island and can’t wait to return.

      Definitely definitely worth visiting Brunetti if you go to Melbourne.

  • Hi Cyn, I visited the Brunetti store in Carlton last year and was blown away by their cake selection. It was extremely busy the time I went too. I’ve loved following your Melbourne series. I had a friend recently return from a trip to Hobart and she had so many fantastic stories to share. I look forward to hearing about your experiences.

    • Krys, I’m pleased to hear you’ve enjoyed the Melbourne series. I’m hoping to publish my King Island and Hobart posts as quickly as possible, as I have long service leave in the second half of the year and more travels will be happening then (so more stories to work through!). We had a brilliant time in Melbourne and Tassie – this was a really good holiday.

  • Wow – That’s eye candy right there. Your photos are awesome! Must check out Brunetti next time I’m in Melbourne.

    • Cheers, Padaek, glad you like the photos. I couldn’t stop looking at the amazing display. I wonder how many visits it would take to try every cake and pastry, one at a time.

  • ha! that last shot of the tram was right in front of my apartment & my usual tram stop i get when i go to uni :p i was scrolling along and went, wait, that’s familiar….

  • Dea

    We have a Brunetti outlet here in Singapore and I really enjoyed the lemon tart I had there, the one time I visited. I went to Melbourne with my parents when I was about 9 years old. The only thing I recall was drinking chocolate milk at the Victoria (?) Market and getting to sit on the Puffing Billy train with my cousin. I should really plan to head back there one day.

    • Probably the Queen Victoria Market? :) I am already trying to work out how I can get back to Melbourne. Perhaps in the second half of the year for a weekend…

  • I love Brunetti – it’s one of those Melbourne institutions that everyone knows, and everyone’s visited at least once in their lives. The selection is just incredible!

    • And now that I’ve been, I need to go again! How inconvenient that it involves a flight to Melbourne! :)

  • I miss Brunetti :( nothing like it in Sydney

    • You’re right, no Brunetti, but you do have some awesome bakeries/patisseries in Sydney.

  • Amie Culverson

    Awesome post. Inspired me to head to Melbourne for 3 day food adventure in Dec including B&P high tea at the The Langham Hotel. Luxbite, Zumbo’s, Brunetti & Sweet studio are on the list to visit. I did a food adventure in Sydney last year and nursed some Zumbo cakes the entire flight home – totally worth it.