Who doesn’t love dessert? Whether as a delightful ending to a glorious meal or a mid-afternoon guilty secret, Melbourne has a selection of wonderful desserts to discover.
If you’re not a fan of cream-filled, luxurious, chocolate oozing greatness, then you need read no further.
However, if you have a particularly sweet tooth and want to sample the finest desserts that Melbourne has to offer, proceed on.
Note well: these treats may not be healthy, but when it comes to taste sensations that satisfy sweet cravings, you’re onto a winner.
Piccolina Gelateria: Gelato
Location: 43 Hardware Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 7023 1208
Also at Degraves St, CDB, Collingwood, Richmond, Hawthorn, St. Kilda and now Chadstone Shopping Centre
Let’s open our run through the best places for desserts in Melbourne with an all-time favourite – gelato.
If your weakness is authentic Italian gelato, then visiting the Piccolina Galateria is a must.
They boast a wide range of flavours that change regularly offering decadent options like Bread, Butter & Jam, Salted Caramel and all-time classics like Strawberry and/or Passionfruit. If you are a fan of juicy flavours on a summer afternoon, this is the place for you.
It is also the perfect source of warmth during the winter months, as the flavours themselves are enough to lift your spirits and tantalise your tastebuds.
Nuts About Tella: Leaning Tella of Pisa
Location: Within La Trobe University, 15 The Agora, Bundoora, VIC 3083
This dessert comprises four doughnut buns that are pressed together in a hot press to create a soft casing with an external crisp. This dessert is best described as an amalgamation of morning pancakes and a luxurious doughnut.
The drizzling, thick Nutella is also sandwiched between the buns to craft the Leaning Tella of Pisa. This is one of the most innovative desserts in Melbourne and is the perfect treat for those with an eye for sweet-toothed architecture.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Nuts About Tella has closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
Son In Law: Magic Chocolate Balls
Location: ‘ELLA’, Modern Food Court, G Floor Melbourne Central (via La Trobe St Entrance), Melbourne, VIC 3000
These Magic Chocolate Balls with crepe cakes and intricately drizzled chocolate come in character shapes including Pikachi, Minions, Winnie the Pooh and Totoro.
Each cake is individually gifted with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, crushed Oreos and served with a selection of three flavours (Nutella, Coconut Pandan and Thai Milk Tea).
These treats are perfect for your children and will bring them (and you) an abundance of flavoursome joy (whilst keeping the children quiet!) In short, Son In Law deserves every award that there is for this excellence.
San Telmo: Panqueques
Location: 14 Meyers Pl, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9650 5525
It’s safe to say that these Argentinian pancakes are beyond phenomenal. Crafted from dulce de leche, these crèpes will fill your heart full of joyous warmth.
There is also a ginger-spiced option that will tantalise your tastebuds as well as a variety of other flavours.
These crèpes are perfect for those who are looking for an authentic Argentinian experience in the heart of Australia and are demonstrative of the way that Melbourne is a city of cultural inclusivity and excellent delicacy.
If you find yourself in Sydney and are hungry for pancakes, here are our recommendations.
Iki-jime Seafood By Vue: Tarte Tatin
Location: 430 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9691 3838
This Tarte Tatin is a life-changing dish. It takes the form of a traditional Tarte Tatin except it is extra crispy on the outside and the mouth watering spiced apples on the inside make for the finest end to a phenomenal meal.
Perfect for lovers of a traditional apple crumble who are feeling like being more experimental with their palette.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Iki+Jime Seafood by Vue has closed. We will let you know when we learn more. As this is the case, why not try this spot instead…?
Lune Croissanterie: Croissants
Location: Shop 16/161 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Also in Fitzroy and Armadale Melbourne & South Brisbane, QLD.
Lune Croissanterie is a local favourite for a reason with customers queuing for hours just to sample it’s finest delicacies. The incredible flaky croissants, danishes, pastries and the infamous cruffin contain all the flavours that you could possibly desire.
These range from salted caramel, chocolate mousse, lime and much more. The fact that people will queue for hours just to get a pastry from this Croissanterie should speak for itself and if in doubt, you should always trust the opinions of local residents.
Grab a hot drink before you line up to become a certified Melburnian.
Click here for our definitive look at the Best Croissants in Melbourne.
T Cavallaro And Sons: Cannoli
Location: 98 Hopkins St, Footscray, VIC 3100 Ph: (03) 9687 4638
The crunch excellence of this cannoli will be sure to lift your spirits and undoubtedly, you will want more.
This company has a legendary history (catering for the Melbourne Olympics back in 1956!) and so they really should know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to crafting fantastic cakes, desserts and sweet treats. You will not find a crunchier cannoli than this! Make sure this is one your list of the top places for desserts in Melbourne.
Entrecôte: Lemon Tart
Location: 142-144 Greville St, Prahran, VIC 3181 Ph: (03) 9804 5466
If you’re feeling like a classic dessert, you’ll definitely need to head for Entrecôte and sample their finest Lemon Tart. This tart is crafted with the most exquisite crust and the sweet lemon filling will give you a feeling of wholesome satisfaction.
If you want to go overboard, you should also try the profiteroles at Entrecôte. Whilst a lemon tart may seem like a dull option to some, this tart is uniquely crafted by pastry chefs with outstanding reputations. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Dinner By Heston: Tipsy Cake
Location: Level 3, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, VIC 3006 Ph: (03) 9292 5779
We are back over at ‘Crown for the next entry in our best places for desserts in Melbourne.
This Tipsy Cake at Dinner By Heston consists of tiny brioche bites and a spit-roasted, caramelised pineapple. There is no room for error in this dish and the Tipsy Cake deserves the reputation it has around garnered in Melbourne. It is undoubtedly demonstrative of the fertile mind of its masterful creator, Heston Blumenthal.
This restaurant’s reputation is strong and you will need to book early. The food is awesomely clever and the desserts top off a memorable experience.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Dinner by Heston has closed. We will let you know when we learn more.With this in mind, we have added an alternative option…However all is not lost!
Gareth Whitton – who was Head Pastry Chef at Dinner – and his partner Cat have a fabulous new business and we’ve added it to our list of the best places for desserts in Melbourne below…
Tarts Anon: Signature Pear
Location: 29A Gwynne St, Cremorne, VIC 3121 & 44 Sackville St, Collingwood, VIC 3066
At Tarts Anon, it’s all about perfectly round crisp pastry shells filled to the brim with the most fabulous flavour combinations.
And whilst the Chocolate and Caramel is hard to ignore – and we love the Passionfruit & Strawberry Pavlova – the Signature Pear is a blinder.
So you’ve ordered your glorious dessert, but what are you going to serve it on? For some of the best new crockery designs, see here.
Almond-rich, fragrant frangipani holds slivers of sweet pear in a biscuit-snap textbook pastry case. Bliss on its own, or heavenly with a dollop or cream or – even better – vanilla custard – people flock to this funky little bakery for good reason.
They claim on their website ‘We do one thing well’ Thank goodness they do! Add it to your list of the top places for desserts in Melbourne
Whilst you’re in Cremorne, why not pop over to Lilac Wine Bar in the neighbouring street for a drink and more?
Supernormal Canteen: Rhubarb & Duck Egg Custard Taiyaki
Location: 2/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Ph: (03) 9525 4488
Taiyaki is a Japanese dish that takes the form of a fish-shaped cake embellished with yummy treats. You can have this dish served with savoury items but the custard and chocolate on offer here is highly recommended.
The Supernormal geniuses have created a rhubarb & duck egg custard accompaniment that is beyond phenomenal.
And if the Japanese and more mix of Supernormal excites you, see our piece on the Best Asian Fusion Restaurants in Melbourne
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Supernormal Canteen has closed. We will let you know when we learn more. As this is the case, see this recommendation instead…
Black Star Pastry: Strawberry Watermelon Cake
Location: 2C Acland St, St. Kilda, VIC 3182 Ph: (02) 9557 8656 & Chadstone – Kiosk 0105, Lower Level, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone Shopping Centre, VIC 3148 Ph: (02) 9557 8656
Yes, Black Star Pastry is a rather fabulous cake shop, rather that a restaurant. And yes. The original Black Star Pastry opened in Newtown, Sydney – not Melbourne. However…
Their Strawberry Watermelon Cake is, quite simply, legendary.
Social Media made this stunning almond dacquoise, watermelon and rose-fragranced cream layered wonder the photo every foodie has to have. And when The New York Times jumped in and called it “Australia’s most Instagrammed Dessert”, that was that.
But don’t worry. This isn’t a case of all style, no substance. Quite the opposite, in fact. Black Star Pastry’s Strawberry Watermelon Cake deserves all the fuss. It’s light, soft, creamy, crunchy, refreshing and sweet -all at once. It’s a triumph of creator Christopher The’s imagination and baking skills.
Thank goodness they now have outlets in Melbourne!
Head over to Black Star Pastry and try a few of their amazing baking goods. It’s definitely one of the best places for desserts in Melbourne.
Nonna’s Cucina: Spaghetti Gelato
Location: 40 Crockford St, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 Ph: 0404 988 804
If you have never tried Spaghetti Gelato then, quite frankly, your life has an aching hole. This gelato is uniquely and beautifully crafted and makes the perfect dessert option after eating traditional Italian fare.
To further excite you about the prospect of savouring this Spaghetti Gelato, you should most definitely watch YouTube videos that outline the process of making this intriguing treat.
Once you have witnessed the intricate processes involved, you’ll find a spot on your bucket list for it.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Nonna’s Cucina has closed in Port Melbourne. We will let you know when we learn more.
LuxBite: Meringue Monster
Location: 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Ph: (03) 9867 5888
LuxBite is a place highly regarded for desserts in Melbourne. The display cabinets boast a wide range of cakes and treats, with macarons in every flavour. They also have jelly macarons to make your children especially happy.
However, the best dessert on offer at LuxBite is undoubtedly the Meringue Monster. It is carefully crafted with pistachio, green tea sponge, strawberry mousse and watermelon yoghurt and then covered in luxurious meringue and raspberry. Decadent and delicious.
Mamma’s Boy: Fall-Proof Tiramisu
Location: 6/10 Tripovich St, Brunswick, VIC 3056 Ph: (03) 9048 4967
Some may say that it’s very difficult to mess up a Tiramisu, but they would be wrong. It’s actually incredibly difficult to get it to taste as wonderfully deluxe as Mamma’s Boy have.
This dish interweaves layers of sponge with creamy greatness, served in a packed-jar, this is a dessert that will leave you feeling sufficed for days on end.
It put Mamma’s Boy amongst the best places for desserts in Melbourne.
This fabulous Cake Decorating Supplies Kit has everything – and we mean everything – you need to get started baking your own masterpieces.
Location: 2 Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
These halloumi doughnuts are perfect for lovers of Greek cuisine and are truly a one-of-a-kind delicacy. These tiny balls of joy are also covered in passionfruit curd and spiced cream.
Whilst some may find the halloumi angle a little bit concerning, I can assure you that this combination most definitely works! This dessert is arguably the most unique of all of the dishes here, given its confronting composition.
You will be hard pressed to find another dessert dish as tasty and experimental, and as flavoursome and inventive.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Gazi has closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
The desserts listed above are just some of the incredible sweet treats that are on offer across Melbourne. This city is blessed.
These sweet treats embrace and highlight a wide range of cultures, cuisines and food techniques. The best desserts don’t go quietly into the night, but instead reach out, grab you by the taste buds and demand your attention.
Whether you are looking for a refreshing fruit tart, or death by chocolate or simply want some quiet time alone with a plate of donuts, you will find your prize in Melbourne.
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