From superior street food like waffles and crepes to classy confections including soufflés and parfaits, these foodie pleasures are not to be missed.
Tipo 00’s tiramisu
Named for the superior flour used to make its renowned pasta, this smart Italian bistro also takes the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu, to the next level. Tipo 00’s Tipomisù is an artfully plated, chocolate, coffee, caramel and mascarpone dream. Tip your hat to the kitchen and dive in – the diet can wait.
Waffle On waffles
Tucked away in Degraves Street’s rough-and-ready entrance to Campbell Arcade, Waffle On may not look like much but the waffles taste divine. Frenchman Marc Laucher’s kiosk has become a favourite for 3pm pick-me-ups and naughty breakfasts. Get a fluffy, golden waffle straight up or add one or two simple but sensational toppings like jam, Nutella or whipped cream.
Supernormal’s peanut butter parfait
Superchef Andrew McConnell’s Asian-inspired Supernormal is one of Melbourne’s hottest foodie destinations. The peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and soft chocolate is so good we’re hoping it’s on the menu for many decades to come.
American Doughnuts at Queen Vic Markets
As old-school as Melbourne treats come, these hot jam-filled treasures haven’t changed a bit since their first appearance at Queen Victoria Market in 1950. American Doughnut Kitchen’s vintage-style food van is a fixture on market days when locals and visitors, young and old queue up for this much-loved sugar hit.
There’s nothing more Melbourne than espresso and something sweet at Brunetti on Lygon Street. The only challenge is deciding which treat to get because this grand Italian-style cafe is filled with eye-popping temptations. We love the classic cannoli, which will set you back just $3.30. You’ll still have to decide between the vanilla, chocolate, Nutella or ricotta-filled though – or get one of each.
Auction Rooms’ brioche French toast
We are totally sold on the brunch options at Auction Rooms cafe in North Melbourne. Especially the brioche French toast, loaded with frosted pecans, raw cacao, caramelised bananas, whipped bourbon cream and maple syrup. What’s not to like?! If you’re feeling those carnivore cravings, add some maple-glazed bacon.
Grossi Florentino’s chocolate soufflé
A Melbourne institution for more than a century, Grossi Florentino is famous for its vintage Florentine murals and modern Italian food. The star dessert is the French-inspired, rich yet light chocolate soufflé, that’s heaven in a copper pot. On the menu for as long as anyone can remember, it’s made with dark Callebaut cocoa and Valrhona dark chocolate. Ooh la la!
Crepes from La Petite Creperie
The tiny kiosk housed in a former newspaper stand is a Melbourne icon in itself, but what comes out of La Petite Creperie is even more wondrous. Everything on their menu is worth a try, so order whatever grabs your eye. From the classic lemon and sugar to the very French chestnut puree or decadent beurre suzette with Grand Marnier, it’s the classiest street food in town. Bon appétit!
Mörk’s campfire hot chocolate
Make your day – and maybe that of someone you love too – with a sweet treat at Mörk Chocolate Brew House. This place is artisanal cocoa heaven with a touch of fun when you opt for their signature campfire hot chocolate. It’s made with Mörk’s luscious Original Dark 70% cacao drinking chocolate, maplewood smoke, charcoal salt and a posh toasted marshmallow on a skewer. Bliss!
Lune’s almond croissant
Fitzroy’s legendary croissanterie branched out to the CBD in 2018, making it easier to get what The New York Times has declared the world’s finest croissant. Lune offers several flavours, from a classic croissant filled with ham and gruyère cheese to a lemony croissant-muffin hybrid. If you only choose one though, make it the almond croissant. Filled with almond frangipane and garnished with flaked almonds, it’s pure pleasure at the Paris End of Collins Street.
Om Nom’s chocolate cigars
The chic Adelphi Hotel’s dessert restaurant is overseen by executive pastry chef Jo Ward, one of the city’s true sweethearts. Art and science make sensory love at Om Nom, whose most iconic confection is the chocolate cigar. Two Valrhona Caramelia chocolate ‘cigars’ infused with rosemary are served in a cigar box, alongside raspberry vinaigrette gel and smoked chocolate ash in a (pristine) ashtray.