French cakes and pastries paired with some of the best coffee in Melbourne.
September 01, 2023
Located in a small but charming storefront in West Melbourne, adorned with a tiled floor, wooden stools and a simple wooden bar showcasing pastries and coffee blends, The Flour is a calm, inviting cafe that entices people with excellent French pastries and unique coffee brews unlike any they've had before.
Started up by April Yoonhee Bae, a wonderfully talented pastry chef, and her husband Harry Hyun-suk Go, as an online bakery business back in 2017, today it is a vibrant and relaxing bricks-and-mortar cafe where cake and coffee lovers can really treat themselves.
The cakes and pastries are all baked on-site and change regularly — depending on seasonal ingredients and what the pastry chefs were inspired to dream up that day. You'll often find madeleines, canelés, financiers, plum jam cookies, galettes, green tea dacquioses and Basque cheesecakes.
And while these are damn good, it's not just the French-inspired pastries that shine at The Flour. The coffee selection is Melbourne-worthy, too.
Expect a revolving selection of its own roasted coffee that has won a stack of awards — brewed however you like it. But if you're after something a bit different, we strongly recommend trying its coffee sour. For this one, baristas slowly pour the house filter blend and then chuck it into a soda stream to add some fizz. It's then served on ice with a dash of fresh lemon juice and some blackcurrant juice. This is one of our very favourite coffees in Melbourne.
And while the pastries, cakes and coffees are beautifully prepared and presented, The Flour is completely free of the pretentiousness you might find at other cafes that offer up such refined and classy fare. If you're up by the Queen Vic Market sometime soon, be sure to cross the road and stop by for a cheeky cake and coffee at The Flour.
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