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La Renaissance Cafe

47 Argyle St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9241 4878
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (70 reviews)
“sausage rolls” (11 reviews)
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French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
47 Argyle St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Neighbourhood: The Rocks
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Reviewed 4 days ago

For years this has been my go-to place when i order cakes for Birthdays or special occasions. The most delicious and visually beautiful desserts and cakes on offer. Some of my favourites are the chocolate eclair, strawberry tart and Gateaux Opera. The cakes i have...More

Thank Suzana C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went to the cafe in hopes of enjoying a pastry and coffee. Being it is my first time in Sydney, from America, I was still learning the culture. The lady working there couldn't care less. She was extremely rude and the food and coffee...More

Thank J_Raymond28
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was walking past La Renaissance after lunch in Sydney and was drawn to the amazing looking cakes in the window so just had to stop by. Me and my friend shared one (can't remember the name of the cake but it had white chocolate and...More

Thank DizzyBlonde23
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had Monet cake. It was very delicious, smooth and melt in mouth. Can't wait to visit it again to try other cakes.

Thank Lucy A
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Bonjour Lucy, thanks for coming in and trying our Monet cake! It's one of the best sellers and we love to hear feedback from our clients :) Our staff hope to welcome you in again soon, LaRen

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were both thrilled with the crusty fresh traditional "Jamon y Fromage" baguettes and the delicious coffee.... hereusement ca a rests la meme choses.

Thank Peter B
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words Peter! Our baguettes have a cult following and sell out each day... remember to get in early ;) LaRen

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this tiny place- took me forever to decide which little perfectly presented cake I should choose. I knew coffee was strong before I even tasted it- just the aroma and milk froth looked perfect. Staff was invisible. Had a seat in the little courtyard...More

Thank kadishko
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Bonjour kadishko, we love to hear from our clients! Please take all the time you need... cake decisions are matters of the heart :) Beware the lorikeets though... they will take the sugar and your food! Merci LaRen

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this by accident. Very good coffee and wonderful Danish. Tried the veal sausage roll and a ham and cheese croissant with sauce. Great flavor and delicate pastry.

Thank Donald J
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Donald, thanks for coming in store and your kind words - we do love our pastries here! Our staff hope to welcome you back again soon, LaRen

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just up the way from Circular Quay's cruise ship area, on Argyle Street in "The Rocks" section of Sydney, you'll find this delightful French bakery. They have both sidewalk café seating out front and a hidden garden area out back. The garden area can be...More

Thank KurtAndWendy
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Hello KurtandWendy, thanks for your lovely words and stopping by whilst in Sydney! We hope you enjoyed the sunshine with your breakfast, and hope to see you both in store again soon. Merci beaucoup, LaRen :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here several times and will continue to do so. Pastries are to die for and coffee excellent. Herself had a tea and it came exactly as requested! The courtyard has great ambience and a quiet space in a busy place.

Thank deetee632
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Deetee632, thanks for the lovely review! Glad you find solace in our little courtyard - we love it here too :) La Ren

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food - sweet or savoury, is absolutely divine. The most beautiful array of cakes, delicious coffee and mouth watering sausage rolls/pies. This is the place to eat in the rocks whether you stop for lunch or mid morning/afternoon coffee!

Thank YorkshireEmma91
Management_LaRen, Manager at La Renaissance Cafe, responded to this review

Hello Emma, we are glad to hear you review, merdi beaucoup! The pork, bacon and fennel sausage roll is our favourite... but it is hard to choose ;) Our staff hope to welcome you in store again soon, La Ren

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The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and
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neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone
streets host more than 100 heritage sites and
buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney,
Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi
“ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the
waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The
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Sandra B
Will the scaffolding be down by end of April 2015. I believe there is now water in the fountain so that is a good sign yes or no??
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Argyle St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > The Rocks
  • Neighbourhood: The Rocks
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9241 4878
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Welcome to La Renaissance! We are one of Sydney's oldest family-owned French patisseries, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to be awarded the prestigious Relais Desserts status with our head chef and co-owner Jean Michel Raynaud.

Each morning we serving fresh buttery pastries, hot coffee & tea, juice, savouries and cakes every day. A great place to recharge and relax if you're new to Sydney and exploring Circular Quay and The Rocks, or a favourite for locals.

Our best-selling items include almond croissants and the Monet, a white chocolate mousse cake with lychee jelly, raspberries and coconut base. Cult favourite, the ham and cheese croissant, sells out daily as well, with a shredded ham & cheese bechamel inside and on top of the croissant. Baked until crisp but still a little soft inside... we say yes please!