Finished with the late-night shopping, polished off a delicious meal or just caught a show and ready to call it a night? Melbourne doesn’t shut up shop when the sun goes down. That’s when we bring out the very best coffee, cakes and cocktails. Here’s our perfect shortlist of where to head for sweet treats after dark. Closing times checked at time of publication but may vary – check the individual venues’ websites for opening hours.
Melbourne Supper Club
Wind down in style at the Melbourne Supper Club, one of Melbourne’s original late night hotspots. With desserts to die for (think hazelnut praline crème brulee or warm Bailey’s chocolate brownie), it’s the perfect end to your evening. If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, a plate of mature farmhouse cheeses with a glass of red is the prefect pairing. The kitchen closes at 11pm Monday to Thursday and 12am on Friday and Saturday.
Done the traditional gelato thing and after a more contemporary ice-cream experience? Dex2rose is a liquid nitrogen gelateria that specialises in flavour combinations you’ve never seen before. With ice-cream names like Unicorn Party and Not Your Granny’s Apple Pie, this is not your ordinary ice-cream shop. The kitchen closes at 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11pm Friday and Saturday.
Too cold for ice-cream and looking for something warmer? Pop into Bistrot d’Orsay and pair an espresso with a crème brulee and you’ve got your night sorted. Located opposite Regent Theatre and next door to the Athenaeum Theatre, it’s ideally placed for pre or post show treats. The kitchen’s opening hours is roughly 10:30 pm in weekends and weekdays (might vary depending on customer demand).
Sweetie and Moustache
Fancy your dessert on a rooftop? Try the signature Mille Crepe Cakes at Sweetie and Moustache. With flavours like Tea-ramisu red bean, Lychee watermelon and Oreo peanuts, you’ll definitely need to schedule a return visit. The venue closes at 2am in weekends and weekdays
Om Nom dessert bar at the Adelphi Hotel will only leave you with one problem – picking one thing from the menu. Our pick is the apple and coconut popsicle, but if you can’t decide, go for the dessert degustation and try three different dishes. The kitchen closes at 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11:30pm Friday and Saturday.
If you go out for dessert but don’t Instagram it, did you even go out? Pretty as a picture, the Asian fusion desserts at Dessert Kitchen are almost too good looking to eat. The kitchen closes at 12am Sunday to Thursday and 1am Fridays and Saturday.
Sweet tooths rejoice at the original after-dark dessert bar, Max Brenner. Can’t find something that’s tickling your fancy on their menu? For a limited time, you can even build your own baked hot chocolate. The kitchen closes at 11:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 12:30am Friday and Saturday.
Eau de Vie
Finally, for the perfect night cap we can’t go past an Espresso Martini at Eau de Vie. It’s not your ordinary espresso martini, with your choice of vodka, rum or whisky, stirred through with coffee, maple syrup, saffron and vanilla mousse. This glass of perfection is served chilled with liquid nitrogen to create a frozen cap. Pure post-theatre indulgence. The venue closes at 1am all days except on Sunday (11 pm).
Closing times vary. Check the venue listings for opening hours.