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19 of the best desserts in Sydney 2020

There's always room for dessert, so sink your teeth into these delectable, sugar-coated creations you can find in Sydney.

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If you've got a sweet tooth, chances are you know Sydney is filled with eateries that every dessert lover will drool over. We've rounded up the best desserts in Sydney that are worth every single calorie. From cakes to cronuts and everything in between, check out the sweetest spots in Sydney.

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19 of the best desserts in Sydney

Strawberry Watermelon Cake

1. Strawberry watermelon cake – Black Star Pastry, Newtown

It's only right that we put the world's most Instagrammed cake at the top of the list. Black Star is a dessert mecca that attracts a well-deserved queue thanks to its signature dish, the Strawberry Watermelon Cake. It's a light and creamy tower of heaven that's topped with petals. For those suffering from intolerances, it's also gluten-free.

Location: Newtown, Sydney CBD, Rosebery and Moore Park

Website: Black Star Pastry


Fujimi Dorayaki

2. Dorayaki – Fujimi Dorayaki

Dorayaki is a classic Japanese sweet treat and consists of two pancakes filled with a filling of your choice. We recommend trying the traditional red-bean paste, but the nutella, chunky peanuts and coffee cream cranberry flavours are just as delicious.

Address: Burwood, Chatswood, Town Hall

Pick up dessert from Fujimi Dorayaki

3. Doughnuts and shakes – The milk bar by Cafeish, Redfern

The perfect cure for a bad day or for a celebration, your impending dessert feast is waiting for you at The milk bar by Cafeish. From house-made doughnuts sprinkled with nuts, M&Ms, fruit loops and crushed Oreos to milkshakes topped by a mountain of cream and generously drizzled in syrups and topped with sprinkles, we definitely recommend arriving on an empty stomach so you can enjoy all of the sugary goodness.

Address: Shop 1, 105 Regent Street, Redfern

Website: The milk bar by Cafeish

Order dessert from The milk bar by Cafeish

4. Gelato burger – Cremeria De Luca, Five Dock

Bred off three generations of gelato makers, Cremeria De Luca has perfected the art of ice cream making to a "T".

From its insulated pots, utilised to maintain a constant -12°C environment to its brioche con gelato, an Italian creation where gelato is smashed between two halves of a brioche bun, tradition is of the essence and the experience is utterly genuine. We can guarantee it's unlike any other ice cream sandwich you've tried before.

Address: 84 Ramsay Road, Five Dock

Website: Cremeria De Luca

Order from Cremeria De Luca

Flower Gelato

5. Flower gelato – i-Creamy

This rose-shaped gelato tastes just as good as it looks. If you don't fancy trying the flower-shaped gelato, you can opt for a cone or a cup. Flavours change daily, but we recommend trying the Thai milk tea flavour.

Location: 13/537-551 George Street, Sydney

Facebook: i-Creamy

Pick up dessert from i-Creamy

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Ricotta Cannoli

6. Ricotta cannoli – Pasticceria Papa, Five Dock

Pasticceria Papa has a reputation for serving great desserts, partly due to its incredible ricotta cannoli. A vanilla and chocolate filling is also available, but the ricotta filling truly is the star of the show.

While here, make sure you order a coffee too, because if there's anything Sicilians know more than baking cannoli, it's how to make a fine cup of java.

Location: Five Dock, Haberfield, Bondi Beach

Website: Pasticceria Papa

Order dessert from Pasticceria Papa

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake

7. Japanese cheesecake – Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, Sydney CBD

A favourite among the Sydney crowd, demand was so high at one point the store had to impose a "one cake per person" rule. Do yourself a favour and head to Uncle Tetsu's to taste the soft and fluffy Japanese cheesecake for yourself.

Location: 501 George Street, Sydney

Website: Uncle Tetsu

Order from Uncle Tetsu's

Triple Matcha CAKE

8. Triple matcha doughnuts – Shortstop, Barangaroo

Made fresh on-site daily with quality ingredients, you won't feel guilty for eating this delicious goodness. With unique flavours ranging from maple butter and brown butter to triple matcha and New Orleans iced coffee, Shortstop definitely doesn't lack creativity when it comes to experimenting with flavours. Best of all, they never disappoint.

Location: Shop 3/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Website: Shortstop


9. Gelato – Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst

Voted best gelato in Australia by Good Food Guide, Gelato Messina is no stranger to experimentation, collaborations and unique flavours with specials changing as often as you blink. The tried and true flavours are just as good, too.

Location: Bondi, Circular Quay, Darling Square, Darlinghurst, Miranda, Newtown, Parramatta, Penrith, Rosebery, Surry Hills, The Star, Tramsheds

Website: Gelato Messina


Caramelised banana and chai vegan pancakes

10. Caramelised banana and chai vegan pancakes – Speedos Cafe, Bondi

Speedos is one of the most iconic cafes in Sydney, and for good reason. The caramelised banana and chai vegan pancakes are worth the short stroll from the beach. Whether you're vegan or not, people come from far and wide to fuel their Speedos pancakes cravings at this waterfront spot.

Location: 126 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

Website: Speedos Cafe


Tella ballshakes

11. Tella shake – Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery, Erskineville

The freakshake craze may have calmed down a bit but if you're still searching for an over-the-top treat, Sydneysiders can still get their fix from the home of the original tella shake, Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery.

That's a doughnut, filled with Nutella and plonked onto a chocolate milkshake with a thick straw that's stuck right in the middle, so you get to indulge in all that chocolate goodness.

Address: 33 Bridge Street, Erskineville

Website: Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery


n2

12. Gelato – N2, Haymarket

N2 is the laboratory of gelatos with its concoctions cooled with liquid nitrogen, lashed with flavours poured from chemistry beakers and injected with syrups using syringes. N2 offers catering for corporate events, birthday parties and weddings where you can create your own custom flavour.

Its newest addition to the menu is the Tokyo Lamington, in collaboration with Black Star Pastry.

Location: Level 2/11 York Street, Sydney (Head office)

Website: N2


13. Knafeh – Knafeh, multiple locations

Everywhere the Knafeh food truck goes, quality dessert and entertainment follows. Knafeh is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made from cheese pastry and sweet sugar syrup and served by a team of singing and dancing men.

The food truck was first introduced to Sydney in 2014 at the Smooth Chocolate Festival and has since been travelling to various spots from warehouses to car parks every Thursday to Sunday night. You can check its whereabouts via Knafeh's social media.

Location: Varies

Facebook: Knafeh


kurtosh

14. Chimney cake – Kürtősh, Surry Hills

Named after a traditional Hungarian sweet, kurtosh translates to "chimney cake".

It's a pastry that's rolled around a metal rod and cooked until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Then, it's rolled around in all manner of toppings, from pistachios and coconut to the more standard cinnamon and sugar.

Kürtősh also offers a variety of cakes, which you purchase by the gram, so you can have as little or as much as you like. Order a coffee while you're there and your day will be made.

Address: Randwick, Surry Hills, Crows Nest, Darlinghurst, Wollongong

Website: Kürtősh


15. Cronuts – Brewtown, Newtown

A trailblazer for the cronut craze in Sydney, Brewtown serves cronuts by the bucketful. Order them downstairs if you're sitting down or head upstairs to the pastry kitchen to take a peek at the current selection and choose your week's fill. You can't stop at one: that's a guarantee.

Continuing the hybrid pastry craze, Brewtown also bakes cruffins (cronuts crossed with muffins) and continuing with the love of doughnuts, it also offers a small range of crullers.

Address: 6–8 O'Connell Street, Newtown

Website: Brewtown


16. Tarts – Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills

Delectable tarts is the name of the game at Bourke Street Bakery. It's one of the meccas for fresh pastries in Surry Hills and now has locations as far north as Neutral Bay and as far west as Parramatta.

Believe the hype. There is a reason people flock to its doors and it's for the tarts, pies, quiches and other freshly baked goods. If the name Bourke Street Bakery doesn't make you want to drop everything to run straight to your nearest store, you're really missing out.

Address: Surry Hills, Marrickville, Potts Point, Neutral Bay, Alexandria, North Sydney, Parramatta, Balmain, Barangaroo, Banksmeadow, Kirrawee

Website: Bourke Street Bakery


17. Deep fried ice cream – Duo Duo, multiple locations

Duo Duo is a roving food truck delivering scoops of flavoured ice cream, encased in a warm fried crust and topped with anything from salted caramel and butterscotch popcorn to dark chocolate s'mores.

Check Duo Duo's website or social media for all the niggling details and get in early because popular flavours often run out before the truck rolls away for the evening.

Address: Varies

Facebook: Duo Duo


18. Hotcakes – Left of Field, Rhodes

Pass on the standard smashed avo, the healthy butternut squash with broccolini and the hearty smokey bacon baked beans and make yours a hotcake order at Left of Field. Previous concoctions have featured caramelised banana, maple popcorn, Earl Grey custard with fresh berries and orange-infused date hotcakes, stewed apples, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream and toasted walnuts.

Whichever is on trend when you pop by, it's the one to try.

Address: 3/7 Gauthorpe St, Rhodes

Website: Left of Field


cow and the moon

19. Mandorla affogato gelato – Cow and the Moon, Enmore

Ever since it won the award for "World's Best Gelato" as part of the Gelato World Tour 2014 in Rimini, Italy, Cow and the Moon has been the talk of the town.

The flavour that won this acclaim was Cow and the Moon's mandorla affogato, though it must be said that the gelateria has been winning awards at Sydney's Royal Easter Show for years, so it was bound to receive international acclaim eventually.

Address: 181 Enmore Road, Enmore

Website: Cow and the Moon


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    ToniMarch 28, 2018

    Have you checked out Lickits Frozen Custard at Narellan and Macarthur Square? Amazing desserts and real Frozen Custard.

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      NikkiMarch 28, 2018

      Hi Toni!

      Welcome to finder – A leading comparison website and general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs.

      Thanks for your suggestion! We’ll definitely be on the look out for that!

      Have a good one!

      Regards,

      Nikki

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    JasmineAugust 2, 2016

    Hi, Where does ICED Creations sit on the list?

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      StephanieAugust 2, 2016Staff

      Hi Jasmine,

      Thanks for the head’s up! We’ve yet to check out ICED Creations but it’s now on our radar. Stay tuned for if it makes the cut!

      Cheers,

      Stephanie

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      tiffanyMarch 18, 2018

      knafeh is palestinian, not israeli.

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      JeniMarch 18, 2018Staff

      Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We’ve researched and amended our content, so Knafeh is best represented to everyone who wants to try the tasty dessert!

      Have a great day.

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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