Renowned for its range of Italian sweets (don’t go past their famous ricotta cannoli), this Italian bakery-come-deli also sees crowds gather each morning to stock up on home-baked breads, pizza slices, Sicilian style sandwiches and antipasti - so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Originally founded in Haberfield, Pasticceria Papa has now expanded to include branches in both Bondi and Five Dock. 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. This pasticceria claims ‘Papa knows best’ – and he sure does. It’s famous for its baked ricotta cheesecake [link to best cake shops blog]. Made with soft, creamy ricotta, short crust pastry, icing sugar and cinnamon, it’s phenomenal on its own and even better with strawberries and a dollop of Nutella. Pasticceria Papa also whips up Ferrero Rocher mousse, profiteroles, and amaretti (Italian macaroons). For the best baked ricotta cheesecake this side of the equator, go to Pasticceria Papa. After the wild success of the Haberfield store, Salvatore Papa and his team opened a second on Hall Street, Bondi Beach – and the locals can’t get enough. Both stores feature a huge display cabinet piled high with Italian cakes, desserts, and sweets, and friendly, fast service.
Top treat: The famous baked ricotta cheesecake, which is light yet deliciously creamy, and finished with icing sugar and cinnamon.