Aimee O'Keefe
18 Best Dessert Places in Sydney | Man of Many
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. In terms of dessert, we can’t go past their signature watermelon cake that paves the way for the brand, but equally as impressive are their special occasion cakes. The team also caters to gluten-free and dairy-free diets.
1. Black Star Pastry
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 venue is renowned for its small, delicate and delicious desserts that look too good to the touch and our current favourite has to be the KOI cheesecakes.
2. KOI Dessert Bar
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.
3. ANITA Gelato
Do you love Nutella? If the answer is yes, then a trip to Tella Balls Dessert bar is a must. While most famous for their Tella Balls, a brioche doughnut style ball that comes in heaps of different flavours and is served on shakes, as sliders and other delightful concoctions, they also have all your classic desserts, re-imagined. Think Nutella everything, dessert kebabs and the infamous Tella Fish and Chips (Panko crumbed shallow fried ice cream and doughnut chips.) We recommend the Signature Tella Lasagne— you can choose from  Nutella and Golden Gaytime and it is hands-down one of the most sugar-packed treats you will ever have.
4. Tella Balls Dessert Bar Sydney
This gelato and dessert bar offers up delicious gelato, alongside a few other sweet treats, with a difference. With a head gelato maker heralding from Italy with 20 years of experience, you can trust that the gelato here is going to be off the charts. What makes it even better is the innovative, fun, and downright devourable flavours up for grabs and the way they combine them with your favourite treats — think cronut, brownie and donut sandwiches, sundaes and epic milkshakes with the works. They also sell gelato cakes and have plenty of stores around Sydney, so you will never have to go without.
5. C9 Chocolate and Gelato
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.
6. Kurtosh
With a menu packed with pretty much every dessert under the sun, Bay Vista in Parramatta knows what’s up when it comes to satisfying those inevitable sugar cravings. They truly have it all, from sweet and savoury crepes, pancakes, waffles, cakes, ice cream and fondue. Bonus points to these guys for also offering a few light, non-sugar-packed meals too, perfect for that (weird) friend that claims they don’t have a sweet tooth.
7. Bay Vista Dessert Bar
Have you ever experienced the wonder that is Turkish ice cream? If the answer is no, we think you should head to Hakiki pronto to see what all the fuss is about. Choose from traditional offerings — plain ice cream with a sprinkling of powdered pistachio, served with a knife and fork, and discover the secret ingredient that gives Turkish ice cream its delicious creaminess and melt-resistant quality, salep, which is the dried, powdered root of an orchid that is found in Southern Turkey. And, what better way to thank owners Nev and Zeynep Bagriyanik for bringing these exotic and ancient flavours to the streets of Sydney, than devouring the deliciousness that is their menu?
8. Hakiki
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 Cannoli is one of the best in Sydney) there’s a reason Papa’s has become a household name across the harbour city.
9. Pasticceria Papa
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).
10. Saga
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 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).
11. Restaurant Bar M
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.
12. Love Crepe Drummoyne
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.
13. Gelato Messina
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.
14. Sweet Belem Cake Boutique
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).
15. Devon Cafe Barangaroo
Chocaholics, rejoice! Sir Braxton Chocolate Bar is quite literally what your chocolate dreams are made of. Located in Rockdale, the menu here is full of waffles, crepes, candied pizza, chocolate pasta and of course, the chocolate fondue of your dreams. However, to balance things out, they also have a breakfast and lunch menu with some savoury options. We can’t go past the chocolate nachos – it’s one of those things you just have to try for yourself to truly know how decadent and tasty it is.
16. Sir Braxton Chocolate 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.
17. Tayim Restaurant and Bar
The Last Course is Enmore’s answer to your classic, age-old dessert bar, which is why we love it. There are no futuristic dessert concoctions going on here, instead, you can expect a more traditional, and a little bit fancy, dessert menu, including crème brulée, fruity sundaes and delicious cakes paired with the perfect ice cream to complement the rich flavours. You really can’t go wrong with a visit to The Last Course, and if you’re looking for somewhere to take mum and dad, we’re pretty sure they will feel right at home here.
18. The Last Course
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.
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