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.
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.
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
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.
Address: Shop 26, Ground Floor, 500 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Phone: (02) 9557 8656
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.
Address: 6 Central Park Ave, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9182 0976
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.
Address: 604-606 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9698 6643
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).
Address: 178 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042
Hours: Thurs-Sun 9am-3pm
Phone: (02) 9550 6386
6. Restaurant Bar M
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).
Address: 10 Neild Ave, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Tues 5-10pm, Wed-Sat 5-11:30pm
Phone: (02) 9357 7750
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.
Address: 216 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne NSW 2046
Hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 3-11pm
Phone: (02) 8033 0814
8. Gelato Messina
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.
Address: Shop 02/3 Little Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10:30pm
Phone: (02) 9188 6259
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.
Address: 35B New Canterbury Rd, Petersham NSW 2049
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Phone: (02) 9572 6685
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.
Located in: Central Park Mall
Address: 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am
Phone: (02) 8097 8508
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).
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
12. Tayim Restaurant and Bar
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.
Located in: Harbour Rocks Hotel
Address: 14 Nurses Walk, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:30–11pm
Phone: (02) 8220 9952
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.