Most people who know me (or follow me on instagram) will know that I’m a sucker for a good dessert. Sydney is a city that does desserts well and having lived most of my life there I’ve had plenty of opportunities to sample a fair few. It was actually quite difficult to narrow my list of favourite dessert spots down to just ten but here they are:
Adriano Zumbo is a patissier whose popularity exploded after appearing on MasterChef Australia with his croquembouche tower and V8 cake. Today he owns nine patisseries: six in Sydney and three in Melbourne. His ‘Zumbarons’ are incredible with unique flavours like Fairy Bread, Toasted Marshmallow and Salted Butter Popcorn, and they always taste exactly how they’re described. But if macarons aren’t your thing he also does a range of cakes, slices, tarts and pastries.
Locations: Circular Quay, QVB, The Star, Balmain, Chatswood, Macquarie Centre
Tella Balls Dessert Bar
After their Tella Ball Shakes became hugely popular on social media, the owners of Food Craft Espresso decided to open a Nutella-themed cafe. It has been overwhelmingly successful which has seen them open up two new locations. In addition to the Tella Ball Shakes the menu also features waffles, crepes, pancakes, gelato and Nutella kebabs.
Locations: Dulwich Hill, Fox Studios, Concord
The Choc Pot
I discovered The Choc Pot on my last visit to Sydney and couldn’t resist when I saw a sign in the window advertising a red velvet hot chocolate! The cafe is named after their signature dish - an indulgent chocolate fondant. They have a range of other desserts on their menu including waffles, crepes and chocolate fondue. I definitely want to return to try more!
Locations: Sydney CBD, Burwood, Chatswood, Rosebery
This instagram-worthy soft serve ice cream comes in three flavours - the blue coloured sea salt flavour remains constant while the other two flavours change every fortnight (you can select a single flavour or go half and half). You also get a choice of white fairy floss, toasted marshmallows, popping candy and caramel popcorn as extra toppings. While the fairy floss is clearly photogenic, it’s a little messy to eat!
Locations: Sydney CBD, Macquarie Centre, Chatswood
Max Brenner specialises in decadent, chocolate-based desserts such as fondue, crepes, milkshakes, waffles, and hot chocolate (served in their signature “Hug Mug”). I usually go for either the waffles or strawberries with chocolate dip.
Locations: Alexandria, Blacktown, Bondi Junction, Castle Hill, Chippendale, Kensington, Manly, Newtown, North Ryde, Parramatta, Sydney Metcentre, Westfield Sydney, Ultimo
N2 Extreme Gelato
At N2 they use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze gelato and it’s made right in front of you after you place your order. The flavours are changed on a weekly basis but they will often bring back the most popular ones every couple of months.
Locations: Haymarket, Newtown
San Churro Chocolateria
This chain of shops is named after a visionary Spanish monk who believed chocolate had incredible powers to heal and bring joy to the lives of the masses. As the name suggests, Spanish churros are their signature dish but they also serve cakes, ice cream, truffles, milkshakes and gloriously thick hot chocolates. After browsing their website to include the link in this post I noticed that Red Velvet Filled Churros have been added to their menu for the festive period and I’m gutted that I won’t get the chance to try them!
Locations: Bankstown, Bondi, Chatswood, Eastgardens, Glebe, Macarthur Square, Miranda, Parramatta, Penrith, Wetherill Park
The Oliver Brown story started in 2009 when two friends became obsessed with Belgian chocolate whilst travelling Europe and wanted to bring Belgian inspired chocolates and desserts to Australia. Their menu offers waffles, crepes, chocolate fondue, chocolates, coffee, drinks and shakes.
Locations: Auburn, Bankstown, Beverly Hills, Blacktown, Burwood, Canley Heights, Carlingford, Casula, Chatswood, Cherrybrook, Concord, Crows Nest, DFO Homebush, Eastwood, Hornsby, Hurstville, Kingsford, Lane Cove, Lidcombe, Liverpool, Mascot, Merrylands, Miranda, Mt Druitt, Parramatta, Penrith, Rhodes, Rouse Hill, Strathfield, Sydney International Airport, The Ponds, The Quay, Top Ryde, Wetherill Park, World Square, Zetland
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe
Another destination for fine Belgian chocolate is the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, serving decadent cakes and desserts as well as individual chocolates and truffles. Their coconut hot chocolate is my favourite!
Locations: The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Quarter, George Street, Westfield Sydney
Lindt is definitely my favourite brand of chocolate so their chocolate cafes had to make it into my top ten. Their menu features cakes, chocolate desserts, sundaes, sharing platters and chocolate drinks.
Locations: Martin Place, George Street, Cockle Bay, Miranda
Can you recommend any other desserts I need to try in Sydney next time I’m back?