Sydney’s dessert offering is second to none, with gourmet gelato bars and patisseries aplenty, a sugar-laden fix is always within arm’s reach. Below are our favourite pit stops for a decadent indulgence.
It’s hard to go wrong when paying Messina a visit. With flavours like poached figs in marsala, apple pie and salted caramel and white chocolate (all from $4.80), you’ll feel the need to purchase a tub for the freezer before leaving (from $12.80). For those with an inclination towards sorbet, the salted coconut and mango salsa is intoxicatingly delicious.
Located in Bondi, Sydney City, Darlinghurst, Miranda, Newtown, Parramatta, Rosebery, Surry Hills, Pyrmont and Forest Lodge
If you like your desserts with a good time included, you’re in luck. This one is a real knee slapper. The aroma of fresh waffle cones will have you drooling from the get-go and once you start reading the menu things only get better. The Boppity Boopy creation features ricotta cheesecake ice cream, marsala caramel sauce, chocolate shavings and a mini cannolo all for $10. Same goes for the fabulous Ziggy Stardust (hello raspberry, coconut, rosewater sorbet) and The Hunchback (mocha ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce and a glazed cronut). La Dulce Vita ice cream sandwich ($10) hits the nail on the head with dulce de leche ice cream, caramel and macarons.
87b Macleay Street, Potts Point
The mobile bakery inspired by Jerusalem’s flavoursome street food brought Knafeh to the streets of Sydney and locals couldn’t be more impressed. The cheese pastry dish is soaked in a sugary syrup, baked until a crunchy toffee-like top takes form and finally garnished with crushed pistachios. The dish attracts flocks of dessert crazed people to wherever the singing, dancing bakers have decided to set up that day. Check their Facebook page to keep up to date with their location.
The Devon Café special of soft serve and hot chips ($12) has a cult following at its new Barangaroo site. Having made a name for themselves at their first home in Waterloo, Devon Café has a reputation for serving up dishes with a twist. The soft serve waffle cone ($5) comes as a matcha, hojicha or mixed flavour serving and will satisfy the sweet tooth perfectly.
19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Cremeria de Luca
Home of the famed gelato burger, Cremeria de Luca is Five Dock’s bastion for lovers of Sicilian style gelato and Italian sweets. The gelato burger (from $7.50) wedges healthy servings of your favourite gelato and Nutella into a soft brioche bun, while a range of granitas ($6) will help keep you cool on stinking hot days. A Nutella arancino ($6.50) piqued our interest; the warm Nutella-filled delight is served with a syringe of panna (sweet whipped cream), leaving an oozing, melty dessert you’ll return for.
84 Ramsay Road, Five Dock
Hailed as producing the world’s best gelato, Cow And The Moon know exactly what they’re doing and boy do they do it well. The daring gelato connoisseurs spruik flavours including balsamic strawberry and salted banana caramel for $6-$9.50 as well as serving excellent coffee – making any time of the day the perfect time for a visit. Also, offering a breathtaking array of cakes, order one for your next birthday and you’ll be the talk of the town.
181 Enmore Road, Enmore
You’d be loath to call yourself a Sydneysider if you haven’t had the pleasure of sampling Haberfield’s proudest export, baked ricotta cake and no-one does it better than Pasticceria Papa. When you do pay a visit, make sure to do justice to your sweets by ordering an espresso to wash them down – the locals are inspecting your technique. Pasticceria Papa is the go-to for all your pastry, profiterole and biscotti needs, just make sure to take home an extra tray of cannoli – trust us.
Located in Haberfield, Bondi and Five Dock
Somewhat of a rarity in Sydney, the dessert pie is celebrated by the homely Newtown bakery and will leave you wondering why you didn’t try one sooner. The coconut cream pie with rhubarb and the lemon brulee are big hitters, and who could turn down a comforting pumpkin pie on a cold, wintery night?
Generous servings and reasonable pricing makes The Pie Tin a favourite stop when dinner didn’t fully hit the spot.
1a Brown Street, Newtown
Trending for years on social media, N2 is known for their innovative combination of liquid
nitrogen and gelato. Prices starting at $7, the Red Velvet Cupcake teams cheesecake gelato, red velvet crumbs and cream cheese while the Up Top Mango involves a blissful lychee, coconut cream and salted caramel mix. With their focus on creating a visual journey for dessert aficionados everywhere, N2 takes their creativity and literally injects it with bold flavours and textural depth.
Andy Bowdy Cakes
While it’s tricky to find a slice of Andy Bowdy’s cake without ordering ahead, we’ve got good news. Sydney’s favourite cake man is due to open a café in Enmore before year’s end. A treat both for the eye and the palate, Andy Bowdy’s signature cakes are a hedonist’s heaven. Stacked several layers high, Bowdy’s dripping, meringue topped, mesmerising cakes ignite lust in instagrammers by the dozen. The ‘cake in a jar’ is a popular favourite, but Bowdy has set tongues wagging with talk of introducing his own milkshakes to the mix. We can’t wait.