23 Best Desserts in Sydney 2016
There’s always room for dessert, so sink your teeth into these delectable, sugar-coated creations. They’re the best in Sydney. Promise.
Whether you're pretending you've “saved room”, you claim an enviable dedicated “dessert stomach” (let’s face it, we all do), here are some decadent and delicious dessert meccas you’ll find the space (read: excuse) to sink your sweet teeth into.
Here's where to find the best desserts in Sydney. If you're going to have a cheat day, you might as well do it properly.
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Doughnuts @ Doughnut Time, Sydney CBD / Glebe / Newtown / Bondi / Miranda
Let's start with this thing called: "doughnut craze".
It's pretty much left cronuts and freakshakes in the dust and has been lead by Brisbane chain, Doughnut Time. They're decadent, creative, overloaded and come in boxes that remind you of Tiffany's. Inside the desserts are just as sweet and change up ALL the time so you can keep returning time and time again.
Doughnut Time also does milkshakes (with a doughnut on top) and has vegan and gluten-free options.
Website: Doughnut Time
Ice cream @ Good Time Artisan Ice Cream, Potts Point
Artisan ice cream is nothing new but Good Time ice cream is something of a phenomenon. It combines your tried and true gelato with toppings beyond compare.
Choose between plain ice creams (for the unadventurous), the "bells and whistles" (dressed up and o'so delicious) and ice cream sandwiches (no explanation required). Oh, and don't forget to take a photo because these artworks are worth spamming your friends on social media about.
Address: 7B Macleay Street, Potts Point
Website: Good Time Artisan Ice Cream
Tellaball shake @ Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery, Erskineville
Heard about this thing called a “milkshake craze?” While it all started with a cafe in Canberra, Sydney-siders can get their fix at Foodcraft Espresso.
Putting them on the freakshake map is this baby. It’s a tellaball shake. That’s a doughnut, filled with Nutella and plonked onto a chocolate milkshake drink with a thick straw that’s stuck right in the middle. So you get indulge in all that chocolate goodness.
Worth the wait. Yes, the line is THAT long.
Address: 33 Bridge Street, Erskineville
Website: Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery
Watermelon cake @ Black Star Pastry, Newtown
Black Star is another dessert mecca that attracts a well-deserved queue.
People come from far and wide to taste its signature dessert: the watermelon cake. Or, more accurately, the strawberry watermelon cake with rose scented cream. It’s a light and creamy tower of heaven that’s topped with petals - and for those suffering from intolerances, it's also gluten-free.
If you feel like branching out, try Black Star’s orange cake with Persian fig or raspberry lychee coconut cakes. They’re worth the journey, too.
Address: 277 Australia Street, Newtown (Rosebery and Powerhouse Museum stores are open, too)
Website: Black Star Pastry
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, it’s 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 Easter Show for years, so it was bound to receive world acclaim eventually.
Address: 181 Enmore Road, Enmore
Website: Cow and the Moon
Cronuts @ Speedos, North Bondi
The cronut craze could never die when Speedos is constantly reinventing these hybrid pastries to make them even more decadent than before.
The morning coffee-stop in North Bondi is all about dessert porn and with creations like chocolate ganache cronuts, M&Ms cropops (cronuts on popsicle sticks), Reese's peanut butter cronuts and all, you’re bound to be instagramming #foodporn #cronuts #heartattack all day long.
Take it from us, Speedos has a tendency to sell out of these babies early in the day so arrive at the crack of dawn #nojoke.
Featured image is another wicked creation from Speedos.
Address: 126 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi
Bespoke cakes @ Andy Bowdy Pastry, online only
The desert king that brought us those weird and wacky pie and soft serve creations at Hartsyard (more on that later) has branched out to create his own pastry/cake business. That doesn’t mean he should be omitted from this list because hey, he bakes desserts and yes, they are some of the best in Sydney.
His cakes are in a word: extravagant. Bowdy prides himself in concocting “naked” cakes, free of external icing but packed with flavour and decadence.
While he’s currently taking orders for cakes only, Andy has been teaming up with Gelato Messina on the side to create gelato creations inspired by his dramatically extravagant decorating style so you can get a taste of his work at Messina, too.
Website: Andy Bowdy
Gelato @ Gelato Messina, Darlinghurst
Speaking of Gelato Messina x Andy Bowdy, here’s one he prepared earlier. Literally.
This is just a taste of the kind of creations Gelato Messina is known for. The gelateria is no stranger to experimentation and collaborations, having worked with Black Star Pastry and Grifters brewery in the past. Be sure to check out the specials when you’re around one of its stores.
Though we won’t judge if you prefer one of its tried and true flavours. It’s all good.
Address: 1/241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
Knafeh @ Knafeh, food truck
This food truck only serves one thing. One glorious thing: knafeh. It’s an Israeli / Middle Eastern dessert made from cheese pastry and sweet sugar syrup and served by a team of singing and dancing bearded men. Well, at least at Knafeh that’s how they do it.
The food truck was first introduced to Sydney in 2014 at the Smooth Chocolate Festival in Sydney and has since been travelling to various spots from warehouses to carparks everything Thursday to Sunday night. Fans can keep updated on its whereabouts via the Knafeh Facebook page.
You know what to do.
Address: Various - follow the music and look for the shipping container
Chimney cake @ Kurtosh, 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.
Kurtosh 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, Cockle Bay Wharf
Everything 'dessert' @ Ananas, The Rocks
An oldie but a goodie that is staying on the list for 2015 is Ananas. The French restaurant is constantly reinventing itself and when it comes to desserts, it doesn’t do things by halves. Think Alice in Wonderland-inspired parties and you’d be right on the money, honey.
Its standard menu for desserts is not too shabby either. It includes an enviable list of finely crafted sweets including Ananas 4 Ways (coconut mousse), Yve’s Apple (Granny Smith sorbet, Champagne foam, coconut panna cotta), Ananas eclair of the week and The Black Swan (chocolate and hazelnut tart).
Address: 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Bespoke cake @ Katherine Sabbath, online only
Like Andy Bowdy, Katherine Sabbath is all about extravagant cakes smashed with colour, decorated to the skies and looking like something you’d want to frame, not eat.
Unlike Andy, she’s not so much into “naked” cakes as cakes covered in neon icing. We’re not complaining.
This particular beauty was black forest-inspired and had layers of chocolate sponge, raspberry coulis, chocolate buttercream, nutella ganache and freeze dried sour cherries and was decorated with vanilla bean buttercream and vanilla fairy floss. It was made as a special order for fellow baker @littleluuluu (pictured).
Stoner's Delight @ Ms G’s
Famously known for its “Stoner’s Delight” dessert. Don’t be fooled by the name, as you don’t have to be stoned to be delighted by it.
Already in version 3.0, this is a share plate smorgasbord of doughnut-flavoured ice cream, peanut de leche, peanut and pretzel brittle, crispy bacon, mars bar brownie, passionfruit curd, potato chips and deep fried nutella.
Share plate? Yeah, right.
Address: 155 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Website: Ms Gs
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 then by god, you have no heart and we feel really, really sorry for you.
Address: Surry Hills, Marrickville, Potts Point, Neutral Bay, Alexandria, North Sydney, Parramatta
Facebook: Bourke Street Bakery
Sea salt soft serve @ Aqua S, CBD
Aqua S is a game changer in the world of ice cream. It serves a Japanese-inspired soft serve based around sea salt ice-cream. Pair that with one of two flavours that change every fortnight and then choose to one (or all) four toppings available: fairy floss, toasted marshmallow, popcorn and popping corn.
Flavours that have come and gone include: milo, green apple, taro, passion fruit, pumpkin soup and grape.
Address: Shop 27, Level 10, 501 George St, Sydney
Facebook: Aqua S
Gelato @ N2, Haymarket
What mad scientific experiment do we have here? N2 is the laboratory of gelatos, its concoctions cooled with liquid nitrogen, lashed with flavours poured from chemistry beakers and injected with syrups using syringes.
Flavours change weekly each Thursday and you can keep up to date with them via the N2 Facebook page.
Teas are also available, but who needs them when there’s a gelato party in your mouth?
Address: Lot 43, 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket
Cronuts @ Brewtown, Newtown
The trailblazers 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 pick ‘n’ 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 doughnut, it also offers a small range of crullers.
Pro tip: The sit-down line gets long quickly over the weekend but if you just want to taste these sweet morsels, head straight upstairs to buy them takeaway.
Address: 6-8 O’Connell Street, Newtown
Milkshakes @ Daisy’s Milkbar, Petersham
A new name in the dessert game, Daisy’s desserts are simple and sweet. The fitout is pink and blue and reads like your stereotypical milkbar. Jars of lollies line the shelves and, as you can expect, milkshakes are all the rage.
Daisy constantly adds new "special" milkshakes to the menu and in the past has offered a cherry bomb milkshake, Tim Tam and chocolate peanut butter shake. Unlike those "freakshakes" everyone’s been talking about, these won’t give you a heart attack but they will bring a smile to your face.
Address: 340 Stanmore Road, Petersham
Facebook: Daisy’s Milkbar
Soft serve @ Hartsyard, Enmore
The Southern American seed-to-feed restaurant is a haven for parties who like to try a little of everything off the menu.
All the dishes are designed to share and that includes the desserts which pack a delicious punch. On the standard sweets menu is a PB and banana sundae but the showstoppers are in the weekly soft serve offerings, which you almost always include something sweet, something crunchy, something creamy and all things utterly sinful.
Address: 33 Enmore Road, Enmore
Eclairs @ La Maison de L’eclair, Bondi Junction
Opened in late 2013, La Maison de L’eclair is, as its namesake suggests, a house of eclairs. We’re talking decadent and decorated eclairs and all-round eye candy.
All the eclairs are laid out perfectly for you to pick and choose through the glass-top counter and include sweets and savouries. The best bit? These eclairs are manageable in size so you can afford to nom on a few and test out the flavours.
Address: 91 Bondi Road, Bondi Junction
Website: La Maison de L’eclair
Cheesecake @ Pasticceria Papa, Five Dock
Cheesecake. That’s what you’re ordering at this infamous cheesecakery. Forget those fun nostalgic memories of going to the Cheesecake Factory as a kid. You’re an adult now. Your tastebuds know quality when it’s melting softly on them and making them dance. That’s what Pasticceria Papa’s homemade recipes will do.
While here, make sure you order a coffee too, because if there’s anything Sicilians know more than baking cheesecake, it’s how to make a fine cup of java.
Address: Five Dock, Haberfield, Bondi Beach
Website: Pasticceria Papa
Macarons @ Adriano Zumbo Patissier, CBD
A desserts list wouldn’t be complete without the king of the macaron AKA. Adriano Zumbo. His colourful zumbarons are the things that #foodporn #foodart #nomnom and #diabetesanyone hashtags were made for. Well, not the last one… much.
Constantly featuring new ‘limited-edition’ flavours, expect to toss between gin and tonic, coffee costriano and PBJ, nutella, lime and cheese twistie flavoured zumbarons and more. #nomnom
Address: Rozelle, Balmain, QVB, Star City
Facebook: Adriano Zumbo Patissier
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