5-stars has
deemed us the
Best Bakery in New Jersey!

Recipient of New York’s
French Culinary Institute's
“Most Outstanding Alumni”

Zagat Marketplace for
“Best Tarts and Pies”
in all of NY

HC Chamber
of Commerce
“Most Promising New Business 2017”

"One of the best
pastry shops in all of
New York." - Food & Wine

2008-09 The Knot
"Best of Weddings"
as voted by local brides.

2008-09 The Knot
"Best of Weddings"
as voted by local brides.


Do You Have These Essential Baking Ingredients?

April 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Do You Have These Essential Baking Ingredients?

Baking can be very therapeutic, and that is why so many people have become at-home bakers this past year. And while Sweet Melissa Patisserie certainly loves baking for our happy customers, we also want to … Read more

Welcome to New Jersey’s Best Bakery!

April 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Welcome to New Jersey’s Best Bakery!

Clinton Township’s Sweet Melissa Patisserie is known far and wide for being one of the most delicious bakeries, impressing even the most particular of food critics. The bakery has been awarded numerous accolades, including the … Read more

Sweet Melissa's Patisserie in Lebanon NJ wins best bakery

A local ‘gem’ wins N.J.’s best bakery showdown

February 25, 2021 | Comments Off on A local ‘gem’ wins N.J.’s best bakery showdown

December 21, 2017​ | Website: | By Peter Genovese It’s official – Sweet Melissa Patisserie in Clinton Township is New Jersey’s best bakery. The charming little cafe, with its delectable French-inspired cakes, pastries, tarts … Read more

A French chocolate pastry

N.J.’s best bakery: These are the 10 finalists

January 27, 2021 | Comments Off on N.J.’s best bakery: These are the 10 finalists

Posted December 12, 2017  Melissa Murphy (at left in photo) and husband Chris Rafano operated three patisseries in Brooklyn for 16 years before moving to New Jersey and opening Sweet Melissa Patisserie just off Route 31 … Read more

A tower of cream puff desserts by Sweet Melissa Patisserie

This tower of cream puffs takes pastry to new heights

January 27, 2021 | Comments Off on This tower of cream puffs takes pastry to new heights

by Peter Genovese I NJ Advance Media for It’s the final round of our epic N.J.’s best bakery showdown, which means we’re down to 10 great bakeries, chosen from among our 50 semifinalists. This is the second of … Read more


"I've been lucky enough to sample Melissa's amazing pastries for over a year now. I visited her new bakery & cafe today, and it was nothing short of amazing. The decor is absolutely beautiful. The service was great, and everyone was super nice. I ordered the salad lyonnaise, and it was AMAZING. Seriously, even if it seems like something you wouldn't normally try, you HAVE to have it. It will change your life. For dessert, I had a walnut oatmeal raisin cookie which was delectable. It was soft, but not too soft, and tasted amazing. I am completely impressed (not that I thought it wouldn't be an amazing place), and I highly recommend you try the cafe out if you are in the area. I know I will be stopping by often since my barn is right down the road!"


"Sweet Melissa just did vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for my 2 years old's birthday party with a floral theme. Not only were they beautiful, but they were also delicious. Some of my guests proclaimed them to be the best cupcakes they have ever had! I agree : ) "


Aside from the desserts all being top-notch, the staff has always been very friendly and helpful.
I have only tried a fraction of the goodies in their case, and none of them have disappointed! I will admit, though, that their eclairs are my absolute favorite. They've also shattered my image of what a croissant should taste like... I'll never be able to enjoy another one from somewhere else now!

There was an incident where I left without a part of my order, and when I called in (embarrassed), the staff member realized it and had already set it aside for me. It seems silly- but the fact that he had left a note about it in case I came back when he wasn't there, was a huge deal for me. It showed me that he clearly cares about his job and the customers of their establishment.


"I have always heard about Sweet Melissa Patisserie and never had a chance to try it. My husband is from Europe and believes me, I have been exposed to fabulous bakeries by visiting Italy and France quite often. I HAVE FOUND A COMPARABLE BAKERY:) An adorable place with wonderful breakfast and lunch dishes and the baked bread and sweets are just amazing and fresh. I have never seen such beautiful cupcakes anywhere. The owner came right over and introduced himself and the staff was alert and engaging. Can't wait to go again!"

— Sherri

"I absolutely love the filled brioche. I've ordered for guest breakfast and everyone raved about them. Also, the croissants are crispy and perfect. I haven't been a bakery fan until this!!!! Can't wait until you open. Just wish it was in Clinton. But I'll take the ride to Payne road."