Sweet treats will always win when it comes to satisfying cravings – and Sydney’s got a fair few epic options. There’s gelato, of course, but also cakes, petits desserts and even savoury’muffin-cakes’ (think brioche, chocolate and caramel). Plus, for a truly memorable occasion, try the swanky and beautiful Dulcet Cakes & Sweets – they specialise in stunning creations like illusion cakes and floral-adorned tiers.
A local favourite, AP Bakery, is a pretty little shop in a 19th-century sandstone cottage on Burton Street in Darlinghurst that’s serving up some of Sydney’s best desserts. Their sweet jelly and fruit parfait is a classic, as is the Japanese black forest, but the real highlight is the range of gorgeous cakes: try the strawberry watermelon, orange & Persian fig or pistachio lemon zen cake for something a bit different.
The tiny, family-run Italian restaurant A Tavola in Potts Point may be known for its outstanding savoury courses, but it’s the delicately layered cremino al cioccolato that takes the biscuit as Sydney’s best dessert. It’s the kind of small and simple dish that screams “end-of-meal”, arriving in a cute, clear glass, with vanilla gelato on the side – the sort of thing your date would have a fit over if you tried to take more than one bite.
While the oh-so-crunchy fries and soft serve ice cream combo at the ever-popular Devon Cafe in Bondi Beach is nothing short of genius, you’d be hard pressed to beat their DD Special – a mouth-watering combination of horchata sweet corn soft serve, fried chips and chocolate flakes. You could easily get this as a post-swim snack at Bronte, but we recommend making a reservation and coming here to dine and enjoy it at leisure.
As Sydney’s most renowned dessert bar, KOI Dessert Bar is famous for its eye-catching, salivation-inducing creations. The split-level Chippendale venue is operated by Masterchef Indonesia judge and host Reynold Poernomo, whose brothers Ronald and Arnold are responsible for some of Sydney’s most exquisitely beautiful (and delicious) dishes. If you’re celebrating a big occasion, you can’t go past the green tea ganache celebration cake.
It might be a little out of the way, but Messina Creative Department in Darlinghurst is worth a visit for some of the city’s most innovative hybrid savoury-sweet treats (and a few ice cream-based ones too). Fork out $130 and you’ll get to sample an eight course degustation of these spectacular confections – think banana yuzu and mint sorbet with white chocolate, or prawn and garlic butter gelato with prawn ravioli. desserts sydney