Café Cre Asion: Macarons in Surry Hills

Café Cre Asion is one of the latest cafés and macaronies to hit Sydney. This tiny café is situated along Alberta Street, a narrow laneway at the city end of Surry Hills.

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills

Former Universal Restaurant chef Yu Sasaki, who trained under Christine Manfield, creates a range of fusion-style macarons with unusual flavours – chai, green tea, plum wine, there’s even a ‘Dear Chris’ macaron dedicated to his former boss.

The indoor and outdoor low seating is minimalist and Japanese styled, and although space is scarce, the café has a welcoming feel to it with the kind of politeness that takes you back to Japan.

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
Order a Single Origin Roasters espresso, and you get a one-sip thick potion with a caffeine hit designed to make you bounce off walls. The latte is significantly milder and comes with coffee art.

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
Sandwiches are on offer from their house-baked brioche, focaccia and sourdough bread, such as the toasted smoked salmon sandwich with pickle fennel, capers and soft boiled egg.

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills

The macarons are a delight with their texture and fillings, some packing mind-blowing flavours such as the Hoji tea sesame and an unexpected creaminess of the plum wine.

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
‘Dear Chris’ hazelnut macaron (L) and raspberry jam (R)

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
Green tea (left), Hoji tea sesame (back), Plum Wine (right)

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
Rum and raisin (front), chai (back), Dear Chris (left)

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
‘Choc salty balls’

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills
Charcoal blocks to purify the water

Café Cre Asion Surry Hills

Macarons cost $2.70 each, $19 for 8 or $30 for a box of 14.

Much like Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo, Café Cre Asion’s out of the way location adds to its charm. Their macarons are serious contenders to those of Adriano Zumbo and Baroque Patisserie in the Rocks.

Café Cre Asion
21 Alberta Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Monday to Friday: 7am to 4pm; Saturdays: 8.30am to 4pm


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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.