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 Zagat award of “Best Tarts and Pies” in all of New York, and Food & Wine called the business “One of the best pastry shops in all of New York.” Talk about impressive!

Baked Goods at Sweet Melissa Patisserie

In 2017, Sweet Melissa Patisserie was especially humbled when nj.com awarded them with the prestigious title of “New Jersey’s Best Bakery”, and the comments from taste testers left us speechless with gratitude and appreciation. One tester said, “The raspberry donut was an epiphany …” Others asserted, “Best eclair in the U.S., period,” and “There are not many people who bake this well.” 

For Sweet Melissa Patisserie, baking is a true passion. The business is run by wife and husband team Executive Chef Melissa Murphy Rafano and Christopher Rafano, who moved from New York to New Jersey for a new change of pace several years ago. Chef Melissa‘s experience is as impressive as her baked creations — she graduated from New York’s French Culinary Institute in 1995, has a popular cookbook, and has appeared on numerous reality television shows and other media productions.

Sweet Melissa Patisserie loves breakfast and brunch, and that is why we offer this menu all day long. Try our Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes or brioche toast, or pick from our selection of freshly baked croissants and other breakfast pastries. And, of course, we have all of the sweet treats you could dream of. From cookies to tarts to cupcakes and macaroons, you will surely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

And the creations at Sweet Melissa Patisserie are just as beautiful as they are delicious. Chef Melissa‘s culinary background and natural talent allow her to design impressive presentations that wow our clients and their guests. We love to do events big and small, ranging from making cupcakes for your child’s birthday party to creating larger cakes for events like weddings. Whatever you need, we will create exactly what you want.

Sweet Melissa Patisserie is open early every day of the week except Monday, and we are also available during off hours if needed. To try out our award-winning baked goods for yourself, please visit us at 56 Payne Road in Lebanon. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 908-323-2460 .

Bon appétit! 

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