When you think of Sydney you think of sun, harbour, the Opera House and sandy beaches, right?
Well, you can maybe add ‘great desserts’ and ‘excellent gelato’ onto that list too.
Sydney offers a fabulous array of places that you can visit to find the perfect dessert, a creamy hot chocolate or a cake treat. Whether you’re looking to curb a craving, reward yourself or simply looking to savour something sweet, Sydney is a foodies delight for sweet treats.
To help you narrow down a wide selection, we’ve put together a list of some of the best dessert shops and stores in Sydney.
Location: 84 Ramsay Rd, Five Dock, NSW 2046 Ph: (02) 9712 4606
We’re kicking off our take on the best dessert stores in Sydney in the Inner West.
Cremeria Giuseppina Five Dock is a charming local gelateria and cafe. They specialise in offering authentic Sicilian dessert classics serving brioche, sweets and cakes for those with a sweet tooth and paninis and focaccias for those who prefer savoury.
Cremeria Giuseppina Five Dock is a popular local go-to for grabbing a great dessert.
They make a broad range of gelato flavours offering everything from coffee and almond to peach and watermelon. What’s more, they don’t just serve any old gelato. At this store they bring a unique twist of classic flavours such as hazelnut, cassata and stracciatella.
Better still, you’ll notice that they regularly switch up their flavours so that you never get bored.
Some of the standout favourites include the classic granita. This is a Sicilian ice slush which is commonly eaten for breakfast during summers in Sicily.
Their classic granita is served with panna, which is a deliciously rich Italian Chantilly cream. There’s even a Sicilian brioche for dunking. However, those queues out the door on a hot day at all about their famous Ice Cream Burger.
Cremeria Giuseppina Five Dock is conscious to include those with dietary restrictions. They ensure that there are plenty of equally delicious vegan and gluten free options available.
Lastly, this is a great place to put together a dessert box of favourites like cornetto and bombolone.
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Cremeria Giuseppina Five Dock offer:
- Dietary alternatives
Location: 604-606 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9698 6643 See Website Further Locations (including Victoria)
Kurtosh is a quaint and cosy patisserie that specialises in serving traditional Hungarian pastries and cakes. Kurtosh is open late, serves great coffee and crafts decadently authentic European desserts.
The team at Kurtosh does its best to bring a taste of Hungary to Sydney via unique, eclectic and sweet flavours. The patisserie itself is newly renovated with a chic yet comfortable feel.
And the name? Well, Kurtosh comes from the word kurtoskalacs which is a Hungarian pastry that is recognised as a chimney cake.
This cake has a delicious caramelised outer shell with a soft wall on the inside. Sold as a popular street snack in Hungary, this dessert is heart of this patisserie.
Kurtosh is centred around memories of home and comfort and they thrive on bringing people together to enjoy sweet food.
Their menu offers a wide range of delicious sweet treats, from sticky slab cakes to a selection of pastries. They really work to satisfy your inner glutton. Conscious of those with dietary restrictions, there are gluten free options on their menu.
Of course, like many bakeries in Sydney dessert boxes can easily be put together from their menu. In fact one of their most popular items in their boxed slab cakes. Yum!
- Indoor dining
- Dietary alternatives
Location: 241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9331 1588 See Website For Further Locations
Next on our look at the best dessert stores in Sydney, we’re moving into serious ice cream territory.
Gelato Messina is a lively cafe that offers a great selection of desserts. This is the perfect hangout for anyone with a sweet tooth. They specialise in offering unique flavours made from custom recipes and produce exquisite handmade desserts.
Happily for us, they pride themselves on offering completely authentic desserts and never use pre-made bases or mass produced flavour pastes.
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They serve more than 40 flavours of gelato – 35 of them being traditional favourites. Sticking with the classics, they’re the go-to for getting a dessert that’s guaranteed to be delicious.
However, just because they stick to the classics, doesn’t mean they are boring. In fact, far from it, as they offer a unique twist of flavours that you will never have had before.
If you’re looking for a warmer dessert, they also offer a range of cakes that can be picked and ordered from any store.
With a commitment to sustainability and quality, Gelato Messina uses fresh ingredients and produce from their farm.
They keep their own daily farm which gives them a sustainable supply of rich and creamy jersey milk of the highest quality.
Other ingredients that aren’t from the farm are either made by hand, such as their chocolate. This is either made using premium quality single-origin Ecuadorian cacao or sourced from sustainable suppliers.
Conscious of dietary restrictions, they offer a wide range of flavours suitable for anyone on an alcohol free, egg free, gluten free, nut free or vegan diet.
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Gelato Messina Darlinghurst offer:
- Dietary alternatives
Location: 181 Enmore Rd, Enmore, NSW 2042 Ph: 0423 660 198
Cow and the Moon are a charismatic coffee and gelato bar. They specialise in unique and creamy gelato and sorbets. Since 1993 Cow and the Moon have been making fresh gelato and sorbet every single day, always using their secret recipe.
Tried and tested, this secret recipe keeps people coming back for more. And you really can’t ask for a better recommendation than that.
With a menu offering 26 flavours, there’ll always be something that appeals. Moreover, this extensive menu actually changes regularly.
Whilst a constantly evolving list of flavours is great for customers, it also helps to boost the team’s creativity. Nothing keeps a food business buzzing like constantly developing new and exciting flavours to wow patrons.
Cow & The Moon also serve gelato cakes of different sizes and with the option of customisation. This is a great option for a cake for a special occasion. Their gelato cakes each offer unique, bolds designs, packed with colour and flavour.
Cow and the Moon take dietary restrictions into account and offer a wide range of flavours suitable for an alcohol free, nut free and gluten free diet.
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Cow & The Moon offer:
- Indoor dining
- Dietary alternatives
Location: 4/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9188 1510
Rivareno Gelato Barangaroo is a casual and sophisticated gelato cafe. They specialise in offering authentic Italian gelato.
Rivareno Gelato Barangaroo incorporates traditional Italian methods of making gelato. Instead of simply storing their gelato in a freezer, they use a pozzetti which is a stainless steel container that is kept on the counter.
Using this helps to ensure that the gelato slowly oxidises and holds all of its freshness and flavour. Rivareno prides itself on serving not only the most authentic Italian gelato but also the freshest and most flavoursome.
Indeed, their gelato is so fresh that there is no need for using artificial preservatives.
Rivareno Gelato Barangaroo stands out for several reasons. Firstly, they conduct a blindfold taste test to ensure that the flavours of the gelato are spot on.
All of their gelatos are freshly made in their laboratory using only the purest and freshest ingredients. And, their sorbet is made only from 100% real fruit.
If you’re looking for something a little warmer, they also make freshly made to order crepes and waffles.
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Rivareno Gelato Barangaroo offer:
- In-store pickup
- Instore shopping
- Gluten free options
Location: 195 Regent St, Redfern, NSW 2016
Ciccone & Sons is a friendly and welcoming gelateria with a great lineup of sweet treats. They specialise in serving classic Italian gelato using simple ingredients and traditional methods.
They pride themselves on making all of their gelato in-house. This enable them to ensure that all their products use only sustainable and locally sourced ingredients and fresh, organic fruit.
You’ll notice that the menu at Ciccone & Sons frequently changes. Their commitment to sustainability stretches as far as choosing seasonal, local fruit. In doing so, they change their recipes regularly to suit the season.
Made using the finest Jersey milk in the world, Ciccone & Sons pride themselves on having the creamiest and richest gelato on offer. No wonder they are on our rundown of the top dessert stores in Sydney.
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Ciccone & Sons offer:
Location: Shop 8, 6 Central Park Ave, Chippendale, NSW 2008 Ph: (02) 9182 0976 & KOI Dessert Kitchen Shop 3, 62-66 Blaxland Rd, Ryde, NSW 2112 Ph: (02) 8541 3721
We couldn’t talk about the best dessert stores in Sydney and forget Koi Dessert Bar.
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Koi Dessert Kitchen is an eclectic and vibrant dessert cafe. They specialise in offering a unique dessert experience serving creative and inspiring signature desserts.
They pride themselves on providing a space where people can make themselves at home, learn, and enjoy delicious sweet treats.
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Not only do they serve desserts in the cafe, but they also have a dessert kitchen designed as a space for sharing knowledge of cakes and pastries. In this space, guests are welcome to watch their dessert being made right in front of them by leading chefs.
Koi Dessert Kitchen is said to offer Sydney’s most exquisite cakes. Each dessert is showcases amazing technique and unique designs. They almost look too good to eat.
This is a great cafe to visit if you’re looking for a fun and interactive day out or you’re looking for a delicious pick me up that will wake up the senses.
The menu at Koi Dessert Kitchen offers a myriad of options serving everything from celebration cakes and mouses to cheesecake and bonbons. There really is something for everyone.
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Koi Dessert Kitchen offer:
- Indoor dining
Location: 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Ph: (02) 8188 4166 See Website For Further Locations
Anita Gelato offers world-famous boutique ice cream. Starting out as a family business, Anita Gelato is now a renowned gelateria known for making some of the most delicious ice creams.
Anita Gelato prides itself on serving hand-made ice cream, made from scratch.
They offer an impressive menu with over 150 different kinds of frozen yoghurt, sorbets and ice creams to choose from. With so many options available it’s impossible to get through every flavour.
Conscious of those with dietary restrictions, their menu includes a wide range of options suitable for anyone on a sugar free, fat free, vegan, and dairy free diet.
Anita Gelato also prides itself on not only making their ice cream from scratch but making it using organic and fresh seasonal ingredients.
If you’re looking for a warmer dessert, Anita Gelato also offers deliciously hot, fresh, hand-made waffles which you can cover with ice cream of your choice or seasonal fruit.
What’s more, Anita Gelato, offer catering services for private events and business events. If you’re looking to host an event, Anita Gelato may be a sure-fire way of wowing your guests.
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Anita Gelato offer:
Location: 35B New Canterbury Rd, Petersham, NSW 2049 Ph: 0499 519 838
Having once lived in Petersham, there was no way we could conclude this list of the best dessert stores in Sydney and not mention this beauty.
Sweet Belem Cake Boutique is a charming family owned pastry boutique. They specialise in serving traditional and modern Portuguese desserts, pastries and tarts.
Sweet Belem delivers a taste of Portugal to Sydney. What makes this niche eatery unique is that they combine a traditional secret recipe with a modern twist.
Sweet Belem serves fresh and delicious Portuguese pastries, baked on the premises from 3am continuing throughout the day.
All desserts on their menu are hand-made using fresh and organic seasonal ingredients. Their menu consists of a wide selection of dessert options.
They offer additional services to cater to your every need. These include a picnic pack which comes as a selection of delicious treats put together ready for a picnic fiesta.
The pack includes sweet treats as well as hot dogs and other savoury snacks. They offer to make customised cakes for events as well as a full catering service for special occasions. This is a great option if you’re looking to host a memorable event.
The boutique is conscious of those with dietary restrictions and works to ensure that there are plenty of options available for people with special dietary requirements.
The boutique offers a wide selection of gluten free and dairy free desserts offering everything from cakes to mousses and tarts.
Sweet Belem Cake Boutique offer:
- Dietary alternatives
Location: 2/420 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, NSW 2203 Ph: (02) 8021 2294
Finally, we’re hopping over to Dulwich Hill for the last of our best dessert stores in Sydney.
Strawberry Fields Patisserie is a quirky dessert cafe that offers a range of high-quality cakes, bread and savoury products.
They pride themselves on making all of their desserts from scratch using high-quality seasonal ingredients. Each dessert is handcrafted by a qualified pastry chef.
Strawberry Fields Patisserie offers a unique and exciting dining experience as they make fresh desserts right in front of your eyes. Each of their desserts is made with a delicious combination of flavours and each is beautifully presented with vibrant colours and unique designs.
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Strawberry Fields Patisserie offer:
- Indoor dining
With this list of the best dessert stores in Sydney, you now have access to everything from the best gelato, ice cream and chocolate to authentic Italian, Portuguese and Hungarian desserts. Now the question is, where will you start?