In Sydney, sweet-toothed vegans are truly spoiled for choice. There are plant-based places popping up everywhere, serving up the kind of delicious desserts that’ll please any palate. Whether you’re vegan or not, satisfy your sweet craving with a treat (or two) at these hotspots. You can thank us later.
The second this cult raw chocolate brand opened up a café in Sydney, it became a staple on the vegan scene. The café serves up a range of sweet treats made with Pana’s signature melt-in-your-mouth, handmade and organic chocolate. Settle in to a seat outside, order a molten hot chocolate and savour the spiced caramel apple cake – it’s made up of a crunchy, nutty base, a creamy cashew cheesecake layer, and a toffee-like topping.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
In the hustle and bustle of Bondi Junction, Earth to Table has the most colourful display of raw desserts we’ve ever seen. Owner and raw chef Julie Mitsios is famous for her beautiful cakes, which are dairy-, gluten- and refined-sugar free – not that you’d ever notice. While any slice you order is guaranteed to be good, the caramel chocolate swirl ‘cheezcake’ and the banana crème pie are out of this world.
85 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Cheesecakes, cupcakes, truffles, bliss balls… The menu at this north shore dessert bar is mouth-watering. It’s also 100% vegan, and free from soy, gluten and refined sugar to cater to all kinds of dietary requirements. The treats taste as delightful as they look, and include salted caramel cupcakes, orange and poppyseed cakes and chocolate gingerbread cheesecakes. To try a bit of everything, the café hosts high tea on weekends.
1/271 Military Road, Cremorne
Introducing: Australia’s very first cashew soft-serve bar. Chachas just opened in Bondi, and it’s already a huge hit. Feel free to bring your non-vegan friends, because we promise they’ll be impressed by the cones piled high with creamy, delicious ice-cream. The fact that it’s gluten- and refined sugar-free is just a bonus. As for our favourite flavours, it’s a toss-up between the peanut butter, apple pie and salted pistachio.
Shop 6, 156 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
At another first – Sydney’s exclusively vegan deli – the desserts are to die for. If you’re in the mood to indulge, order a cinnamon dusted doughnut and chase it up with a cherry tart (whipped up by the masters at Treat Dreams). While you’re eating, sip on a hot chocolate courtesy of Mork. Then, stroll around the produce section to stock up on vegan goodies such as cheese, sauces, snacks, vegan meats, and chocolate.
Shop 4, 241 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Tucked away behind St Mary’s Cathedral in the city, Bodhi is a vegan mecca – complete with a garden of fairy lights and Moreton Bay fig trees. It’s known for its vegan dumplings and dim sum, and the desserts are something special. The sticky date pudding is amazing, along with the vegan yuzu cheesecake with black sesame. For more of a fruity flavour, try the pandan sago with lime jelly and coconut ice-cream.
2-4 College Street, Sydney
For a seriously good scoop of ice-cream, go to Gelato Blue in Sydney’s vegan capital, Newtown [link to Newtown/Enmore article]. The retro-cool gelataria went completely vegan last year, switching out dairy for coconut milk, and it hasn’t looked back. There’s a flavour to tantalise any tastebud, including carrot cake, peanut butter brownie, and chocolate hazelnut praline. Gelato aside, the lamington alone is worth a visit.
318 King Street, Newtown
The market mainstay has found a home in Balmain, and locals are loving it. Nutie has mastered the vegan, gluten-free doughnut, with flavours like pineapple, Snickers, raspberry sprinkle, blueberry pie and maple bacon. It also serves up some of the creamiest vegan cheesecakes we’ve tried. The Classic New York is rich and decadent, and Lemon & Blueberry is a little lighter but just as sweet.
13 Beattie Street, Balmain
To get your raw dessert fix on the run, stop in at Orchard St. Try to get there early, because the sweets often sell out. The Chocolate Chilli Cake is a crowd favourite, followed by the Turmeric Bark and Rose Cheesecakes. While you’re there, stock up on organic, cold-pressed juices, or try the turmeric chai latte.
Paddington, North Bondi
With locations in Newtown and St Leonards, Green Gourmet [link to best vegan restaurants blog] is famous for its homemade tofu ice-cream, which comes in flavours like maple and walnut, and black sesame and coconut. If you’re craving a slice of cake, they have that sorted, too. The Caramel Pop Top is deliciously decadent: a chocolate sponge covered with caramel icing, melted chocolate ganache, and maple popcorn.
Newtown, St Leonards