Best desserts in sydney

12 Spots for the Best Desserts in Sydney

If you’re looking for the best dessert in Sydney, this list will have you covered. Whether you’re looking to stem those post-dinner sweet tooth cravings, or maybe you’re just looking for a palate cleanser after a late-night eat these dessert spots in Sydney will undoubtedly deliver with their selection of cakes, ice cream and sweets.

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Best Of Sydney Desserts

  • Best for Coffee: Saga
  • Best for Drinks: Restaurant Bar M
  • Best for Gelato: Gelato Messina
  • Best for Atmosphere: Tayim Restaurant and Bar

How Did We Choose this List of Best Desserts in Sydney?

This article is based on our own personal experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of a variety of dessert places in Sydney.

Papas

Image: Pasticceria Papa

1. Pasticceria Papa

If you’re looking for the most authentic Italian desserts in Sydney you simply can’t look past Papa’s, and you won’t have to look far, with locations in Haberfield, Five Dock and Bondi Beach. While the baked ricotta cake is unarguably one of Sydney’s best desserts, there’s more than enough on offer to delight even the toughest of tastebuds. Boasting a range of sweet and savoury options (the Arancini is up there with the best, as is the cannoli) there’s a reason Papa’s has become a household name across the harbour city.

What We Like: The cheesecake.
What We Don’t Like: Better at pastries than normal food.

Address: 145 Ramsay St, Haberfield NSW 2045
Hours: Mon-Tues 7:30am-6pm, Weds-Thurs & Sun 7:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30am-11pm
Phone: (02) 9799 9531

Pasticceria Papa

Black star pastry watermelon cake

Image: Black Star Pastry/ Watermelon Cake

2. Blackstar Pastry

Coming from humble beginnings, Black Star Pastry has become a staple around Sydney for some of the best desserts available, including some of the most instagrammable. The brand has expanded rapidly and you won’t have to travel far to find a store with locations, including Sydney CBD, Entertainment Quarter, Newtown, and Rosebury (our local). In terms of dessert, their signature watermelon cake paves the way, but their special occasion cakes are also some of the best in the city. The team also caters to gluten-free and dairy-free diets.

What We Like: The strawberry cake.
What We Don’t Like: Very busy.

Address: Shop 26, Ground Floor, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Phone: (02) 9557 8656

Blackstar Pastry

Koi dessert bar

Image: KOI Dessert Bar

3. Koi Dessert Bar

The Peornomo Brothers have created a split-level dessert oasis in Chippendale that’s serving some of the best desserts in Sydney. KOI – which stands for ‘Kids of Ike’ – is operated by brothers Ronald, Arnold (Masterchef Indonesia judge) and Reynold Poernomo (Masterchef Australia) who’ve turned the brand into a Sydney staple on the world stage for fine dining dessert options. The trio are renowned for its small, delicate and delicious desserts that look too good to touch. Our current favourite has to be the new KOI cheesecakes.

What We Like: The presentation.
What We Don’t Like: Small portions for the price.

Address: 6 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9182 0976

Koi Dessert Bar

Kurtosh

Image: Kurtosh

4. Kurtosh

A night out in Sydney is never finished without a stop off at Kürtősh on the way home to grab a Cinnamon Chimney Cake. The name derives from a traditional Hungarian pastry famously known as a chimney cake and has surely become a favourite in the Sydney dessert scene. The café has various locations in Sydney with trays full of freshly baked pastries and cakes. All the stores have front-window views of the dough rolling, shaping and baking – perfect to heighten your appetite! If you haven’t tried one yet, do yourself a favour and grab one tonight.

What We Like: Great for coffee and cake.
What We Don’t Like: Very busy.

Address: 604-606 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9698 6643

Kurtosh

Saga enmore

Image: Saga Enmore

5. Saga

Best for: Coffee

Saga is Enmore’s favourite neighbourhood café and patisserie. While they’re not open late for dessert as such, we highly recommend coming through early in the day for a coffee and Apple Turnover. Andy Bowdy is the man behind Saga and his vegan desserts such as the Choc Raspberry with Salted Coconut Cream and Choc Coconut Ganache will get your sugar fix sorted. The interior is trendy and sleek and has an open kitchen, which means you can watch the chefs cook. Other favourites of ours include Blueberry Bun (Brioche filled with vanilla custard and blueberry) as well as the Pete’s Pav (Individual Pavlovas stuffed with lemon curd, coconut chew, vanilla chantilly and topped with seasonal fruit).

What We Like: Great savoury treats and coffee.
What We Don’t Like: Long waits.

Address: 178 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042
Hours: Thurs-Sun 9am-3pm
Phone: (02) 9550 6386

Saga

Bar m nikki to

Image: Bar M

6. Restaurant Bar M

Best for: Drinks

Bar M offers a youthful expression of traditional Italian cuisine, and its dessert menu doesn’t skip a beat as expected. The huge historic warehouse space has been reimagined to create a fun, relaxing atmosphere to create some of the best desserts in Sydney. We can’t go past how the team at Bar M perfect the classic tiramisu and affogato, however, other favourites of ours include the liquid desserts such as Snow White (Vodka, White Chocolate, Irish Cream, and Roses) or the Tiramisu Martini (Patron XO Cafe, Irish Cream, Brewed Coffee, Coffee Liqueur and Cream).

What We Like: Amazing cocktails.
What We Don’t Like: 
Only take walk-ins.

Address: 10 Neild Ave, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Tues 5-10pm, Wed-Sat 5-11:30pm
Phone: (02) 9357 7750

Bar M Dessert Menu

Love crepe

Image: Love Crepe

7. Love Crepe

This dessert spot in the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne specialises in bespoke, signature hand-held crepes as well as house-made gelato and waffle balls. The flavours found here are a recreation of the Greek creperies that crowds of holiday goers flock to during the long, indulgent summer days. Our favourite is the Elle crepe, filled with Nutella, strawberry crème, crushed strawberries and crushed Oreos.

What We Like: Adding gelato to your crepe.
What We Don’t Like: Gets very busy.

Address: 216 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne NSW 2046
Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 3-11pm
Phone: (02) 8033 0814

Love Crepe

Gelato messina best desserts in sydney

Image: Gelato Messina

8. Gelato Messina

Best for: Gelato

While Messina is well known for producing some of the best Gelato in Sydney the brand is also a one-stop shop for the best Ice Cream cakes. Not only are they delicious, but they’re perfect for special occasions and the Dr Evils Magic Mushroom is a personal favourite of ours with dark chocolate gelato, peanut cookies, dulce de leche, flourless chocolate sponge, popping candy, and a red chocolate glaze and white chocolate dots. With locations around Sydney, there’s bound to be one around the corner from you.

What We Like: The BEST gelato.
What We Don’t Like: Long queue.

Address: Shop 02/3 Little Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10:30pm
Phone: (02) 9188 6259

Gelato Messina

Belem

Image: Sweet Belem Cake Boutique

9. Sweet Belem Cake Boutique

If boutique cakes are on your radar for the best desserts in Sydney, you simply can’t look past Sweet Belem’s yummy selection. Not only does the cake boutique provide a delectable range of classic cakes, but it is also renowned for its Portuguese tarts that are authentic, flaky and oozing with warm custard upon the first bite. Other favourites of ours include the Portuguese lamington with egg jam, you’ll have yourself convinced you’re back roaming the streets of Lisbon.

What We Like: The tarts.
What We Don’t Like: The patisseries are fresher in the mourning.

Address: 35B New Canterbury Rd, Petersham NSW 2049
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Phone: (02) 9572 6685

Sweet Belem Cake Boutique 

Anita gelato

Image: Anita Gelato

10. Anita Gelato

Anita’s will have you stroking that chin of yours while you attempt to decide between the 150 flavours of delicious gelato flavours. If that hasn’t left you already spoilt for choice, it also supplies a mix of gelato, vegan, sugar-free and frozen yoghurt options. For all the vegans out there, try the soy-based Oreo cookies, it is so creamy you could fool your non-vegan friends! With locations across Sydney, you’re sure to find an Anita Gelato near you.

What We Like: The presentation.
What We Don’t Like: Huge servings that will melt fast, so eat quickly.

Located in: Central Park Mall
Address
: 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am
Phone: (02) 8097 8508

Anita Gelato

Devon cafe barangaroo

Image: Devon Cafe Barangaroo

11. Devon Cafe Barangaroo

Devon Café has locations in Surry Hills, Barangaroo and North Sydney, effortlessly combining fine dining with some of the best desserts in Sydney. Along with traditional brunch fare, Devon’s selection of cakes and pastries is the perfect excuse for a sweet treat after your midday fuel. Favourites of ours include the Matcha Cheesecake (that tastes as good as its sounds, as well as the classic Hokkaido milk soft serve).

What We Like: The truffles.
What We Don’t Like: Confusing online booking system.

Located in: International Towers
Address
: 19/200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-2:30pm
Phone: (02) 9262 4660

Devon Cafe Barangaroo

Tayim desserts

Image: Tayim

12. Tayim Restaurant and Bar

Best for: Atmosphere

With sandstone walls and a mix of Israeli and North American flavours to match, Tayim will transport you to a different faraway world. Offering some of the best desserts in Sydney thanks to their exotic flavours, with favourites of ours including Rosewater malabi, Ricotta knafeh, Silan basbousa.

What We Like: The atmosphere.
What We Don’t Like: Long waits.

Located in: Harbour Rocks Hotel
Address
: 14 Nurses Walk, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:30–11pm
Phone: (02) 8220 9952

Tayim Restaurant and Bar

Key Things to Consider for Dessert in Sydney

The key factors to keep in mind when deciding where to go:

  • Price – how expensive is your food/drinks.
  • Drinks – can you get a cocktail, coffee or some wine with your dessert.
  • Location – whether that be in the center of all the action or somewhere quaint and quiet.
  • Service – good service makes the experience at a restaurant that much more enjoyable.

Alternatives to These Dessert Places in Sydney

If it’s a little early for dessert and you’re looking for other things to do in and around Sydney, we’ve got you covered with some of the options listed below. You can also check out our list of Fun Thing To Do in Sydney. If you’re looking for a more specific cuisine, check out our list of Mexican Restaurants in Sydney or the Best Burgers in Sydney. If you’re full, we can also help you with your search for the Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney or show you the Best Sydney Museums.

General FAQs

Who sells the best cakes in Sydney?

While there are a number of terrific cake stores in Sydney, the top-rated venue according to Google Reviews is Sweet Belem in Petersham. The store has a massive array of different cakes for every occasion.

Where's a good dessert bar in Sydney?

If you are looking for a great dessert bar in the Sydney CBD, Koi Dessert Bar is your best bet. Hidden down the Kensington Lane food district, this stunning venue has a host of sweet treats and fusions flavours.

What's Sydney's best ice creamery?

For some of the best ice cream in Sydney, head to Cremeria de Luca, or local favourite Gelato Messina.

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CONTRIBUTOR

Aimee O'Keefe

Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.