Le Petit Café: A Slice of France in Coogee

Sitting at Le Petit Café with my coffee cup and the red and white chequered napkin hanging from the croissant basket, I can pretend that I am in a little café in st-germain watching the ebb and flow of the Parisian crowd. But here in the beachside suburb of Coogee, I have to contend with the noise from the construction site next door and the odd local resident running an errand or going for a walk.

Le Petit Café - Coogee

Le Petit Café is located away from the Coogee Beach main strip, in a relatively quiet residential street. Sandwiched between an apartment block under construction and a sleepy laundromat, its tiny interior invites you to sit outside on the wooden banquettes.

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The menu is printed on French ruled paper, an authentic touch that reminds me of school books and homework. There is a variety of French dishes to please for breakfast, brunch and lunch, including croissants, brioches and a good selection of crêpes.

I stop for a pause café and croissant. The cappuccino is served in a tallish black cup and saucer, the kind I often get in Parisian cafés. My coffee has a fine froth, just the way I like it, with a good sprinkling of chocolate. The mini croissant is buttery and flaky, served with the quintessential Bonne Maman confiture or jam.

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The staff are friendly and attentive. Judging by the number of people stopping for a take away or quick coffee, it is proving to be a popular spot for those who prefer to be away from the main drag of Coogee Bay Road. I make a note to return and try one of the crêpes with a café au lait served in a bowl.

Le Petit Café is just what its name claims to be, a little friendly café with an original stained glass window serving a little slice of France not too far from Coogee Beach.

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Le Petit Café
63A Dudley Street
Coogee NSW 2034


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.