A BACKGROUND in French baking and a passion for food is what led husband and wife team Sarah and Pierre Aubault to start their French cafe glacier Marie Antoinette in Cottesloe.
The cafe, which opened in December 2012, is the couple’s first coffee shop in Australia and offers homemade ice creams, sorbets, cakes and macarons.
Originally from the Brittany region on the west coast of France, Pierre and Sarah were inspired by their origins and wanted to share traditional family recipes.
‘The Marie Antoinette kitchen team uses mainly fresh produce sourced from local suppliers and farmers’ markets,’ Mrs Aubault said.
‘Customers come to the cafe for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, and of course to treat themselves to the homemade ice creams.
‘We have a large selection of French specialities to try including our famous galettes (savoury crepes made with buckwheat flour), macarons, cakes and pastries, and we also bake our bread on site every morning.’
Serving breakfast and lunches, Mrs Aubault said customers who came to the cafe, which was designed by her, were given a true French experience.
‘Surrounded by French pastries and cakes, you can imagine yourself being in the decor of Sofia Coppola’s movie Marie Antoinette and, like the late queen, indulge in eating sweet teats,’ she said.
‘The cafe is a place to unwind, read the paper, have a coffee with friends, while listening to some relaxing French tunes.’
As well as coffee and pastry, the cafe hosts parties for all occasions, including birthdays, baby showers, hen’s nights and has just started cooking classes.
The cafe won 14 silver medals and a gold for its homemade mocha ice cream at the Royal Show.
It is open from 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Sunday. More at www.marie-antoinette.com.au.