Melbourne’s Must-Try Desserts
Whether you have one fave treat or will sink your sweet tooth into anything, these cult sugar hits have got you covered.
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Tipomisu at Tipo 00
Tiramisu who? One mouthful in and you’ll be tipping your hat to Tipo 00‘s decadent take on the classic Italian dessert. A rich brownie base is filled with mascarpone cream and rum before being showered in a salted espresso, caramel and dark chocolate sauce. Top tip – order two. Just trust us.
Nutella doughnuts at Lukumades
If you’ve been trying to find that Greek doughnut truck, relax. Lukumades now has a permanent shop, opposite the Queen Victoria Market. Our pick is a plate drenched in Nutella, topped with crushed Oreos for good measure. You can also find them in Carlton.
Cheerio lattes at Min
An ethical design store meets chic sleek cafe. What can’t Min do? This relative newcomer specialises in versatile, biodegradable fashion along with diverse dessert dishes. And when you’re thirsty, the superfood lattes provide pastel hydration. Go for a full sugar rush with a cheerio topped treat or pretty rose latte. They also have non-dairy milk alternatives and sugar free options, so no dessert lover is left behind.
Flamingo waffle at White Mojo
Hardware Street cafe White Mojo has long been on the Instagram trail, and their sweet dishes are real show stoppers. Take the Flamingo waffle for example – a stack of all things OTT and pastel pink, topped off with an upturned ice cream cone. Who says dessert comes last?
Lemoncurd meringue pancakes at Bar Log Espresso
Blink and you’ll miss this pastel pink, industrial chic brunch spot. The Inglewood coffee is excellent, but when people come through the Barlog doors there’s only one thing on their mind. We’re talking about lemon curd loaded, fairy floss covered towers of perfect pancakes. Garnished with meringue and fresh fruit, you’ll want to take a photo before you drown it all in strawberry cream.
Fried ice cream at Phat
Head to PHAT Fried Ice Cream for creamy scoops of vanilla ice cream, deep-fried in crispy batter. Topped with sweet indulgences like caramel sauce and marshmallows, you’ll leave on a guaranteed sugar high.
High Tea at Om Nom
The chic Adelphi Hotel’s dessert restaurant is overseen by executive pastry chef Jo Ward, one of the city’s true sweethearts. Enjoy her unique brand of decadence at Om Nom‘s weekend high tea service. Between the salted caramel espresso martini and the sorbet palate cleanser served on a silver dish, we suggest you arrive hungry.
Anything at Syracuse
Hidden behind lush velvet curtains you’ll find one of the city’s best-kept dining secrets. Originally a 19th century hotel foyer, Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar’s hand-carved dark wood interior evokes old-fashioned luxury. Since 2016, the head chef has been Melbourne’s dessert queen, Philippa Sibley. So you definitely want to save room for a dessert or two. We suggest the ‘Syramisu’ – a delectable blend of almond and chocolate crumble, coffee and cardamom ice cream.
Deconstructed boba milk tea at Blackball
Melburnians are no strangers to bubble tea. But the Taiwanese tea masters at BlackBall have given the beloved drink an icy edge in the form of their ‘snow ice’. Just picture a mountain of creamy shaved ice, drowned in dessert fixings. Almost caramel in colour, the milk tea flavoured treat served with perfectly uniform boba is too sweet to pass up.
Nutella cocktails at Le Charme
You may know them for their $9.90 lunch specials, but Le Charme really charms when it comes to the cocktail menu. The Nutella martini never disappoints with Baileys, Frangelico and whipped cream.
Chocolate soufflé at Grossi Florentino
A Melbourne institution for more than a century, Grossi Florentino is famous for its vintage murals and modern food. The star dessert is the French-inspired, rich yet light chocolate soufflé that’s heaven in a copper pot. On the menu for as long as anyone can remember, it’s made with dark Callebaut cocoa and Valrhona dark chocolate.
Peanut butter parfait at Supernormal
Superchef Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal is one of Melbourne’s hottest foodie destinations. The peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and soft chocolate is so good, we’re hoping its still on the menu in 3030.
Hot chocolate at Hash
They may be known for their java, but Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters also have top hot chocolate. Steady your camera hand before pouring the beaker of Mörk hot chocolate over a mountain of milk-flavoured fairy floss. Instagram gold and a truly OTT treat in one.
Chocolate pavlova at Chokolait
There are many sweet sensations made from Belgian couverture chocolate at Chokolait. Cakes, mousse, fondue, brownies – the list goes on. But the chocolate pavlova is in a class of its own. We give their extra-decadent take on the Aussie dessert an A+.
Afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor
The classics never go out of style, which is why you can’t go wrong with afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor. This Melbourne icon has been serving high tea since opening in 1883, so every detail is just right. There’s always a three-tiered stand of treats, but on weekends you also get an epic dessert buffet. From fancy cakes to a chocolate fondue fountain, it’s more dessert than anyone can handle, so be choosy!
Magnum espresso martini at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Roll up to Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq for the ultimate arcade experience. Once you’ve finished with bowling, bumper cars or virtual reality be sure to try their Magnum espresso martini. A twist on the classic cocktail, with a side of delicious chocolate ice cream.
Honey toast at Sweetie And Moustache
Famous for their crepe cakes, Sweetie And Moustache Dessert Lounge also has other temptations up their sleeves. We can’t go past the honey toast – a stack of thick bread loaded with ganache, fruit and condensed milk. Or try the melon bomb, a refreshing sphere of frozen cantaloupe topped with vanilla ice cream.