Melbourne’s must-try desserts

Whether you’re choosy with your dessert or will sink your sweet tooth into anything, you’re going to drool over these cult sugar rushes – enjoy!

Tipomisu at Tipo 00

Tiramisu who? One mouthful in and you’ll be tipping your hat to Tipo 00‘s decadent take on the classic Italian dessert. A rich chocolate brownie base is stuffed with mascarpone, cream, rum and sugar, then drenched in a salted espresso, caramel and dark chocolate sauce.  Our top tip? Order two – you will NOT want to share.

A flat chocolate dessert on a plate with dollops of cream on it

Tipo 00’s Tipomisu

Nutella doughnuts

If you’ve been trying to find that Greek doughnut truck, relax. Lukumades now has a permanent shop, opposite the Queen Victoria Market. Their hot little bliss bombs come covered in Nutella, with a topper of crushed Oreo cookies for good measure. You can also find them at their new store in Carlton.

Sweetie And Moustache Dessert Lounge’s honey toast

Famous for their layered crepe cakes, Sweetie And Moustache Dessert Lounge has other temptations beside this signature dessert. We can’t go past their honey toast – a stack of thick bread loaded with deliciousness from chocolate sauce to berries, it’s like breakfast on sweet steroids. For a midday, treat try their current souffle pancake special, featuring towers of wobbling Japanese style pancakes loaded with maple syrup and fruit.

A dessert made from piles of thick cut toast covered in ice-cream, cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce

The honey toast from Sweetie And Moustache

Fried ice cream at Phat

This old school Chinese restaurant treat from Phat, a new stall operating out of Queen Victoria Market on Sundays makes the list. Creamy scoops of vanilla ice cream are deep-fried in a light batter for that perfectly crisp and crackable coating. Topped with sweet indulgences like caramel sauce, popcorn, jam and mini marshmallows, this is not for the faint of heart.

Three containers with fried ice cream in them topped with popcorn and different sweet sauces

Phat fried ice cream

High Tea at Om Nom

The chic Adelphi Hotel’s dessert restaurant is overseen by executive pastry chef Jo Ward, one of the city’s true sweethearts. Enjoy her unique brand of decadence at Om Nom‘s weekend high tea service. Between the salted caramel espresso martini that arrives in a plume of mist and the sorbet palate cleanser served on a silver dish, we suggest you arrive hungry.

A tall clear glassed filled with dark liquid with a creamy head on top, surrounded by a plume of smoke

Om Nom’s espresso martini

Anything at Syracuse Restaurant – Bar

One of the city’s best-kept dining secrets for 20-plus years offers a great escape behind the entrance’s red velvet curtains. Originally a 19th century hotel foyer, Syracuse Restaurant and Wine Bar’s hand-carved dark wood, ornate columns and gracious arches evoke old-fashioned luxury. Since 2016, the head chef has been Melbourne’s dessert queen, Philippa Sibley. So you definitely want to save room for a dessert or two, like the ‘Syramisu’ – a delectable blend of almond and chocolate crumble, coffee and cardamom ice cream.

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!

A souffle dessert with a small jug of chocolate sauce and a small bowl of ice cream

The Chocolate Souffle at Florentino

Supernormal’s peanut butter parfait

Superchef Andrew McConnell’s Asian-inspired Supernormal is one of Melbourne’s hottest foodie destinations. At this restaurant, you’ll remember why you liked salted caramel in the first place. The peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and soft chocolate is so good we’re hoping its still on the menu in 2058.

A creamy dessert covered in peanuts and chocolate icecream

The peanut butter parfait at Supernormal is a cult classic

Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters’ hot chocolate

They may be known for giving java junkies a quality fix, but Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters also have addictive hot chocolate. Take some photos before pouring the science lab beaker of 85% Mörk hot chocolate into the cup of milk-flavoured fairy floss. The #HashHotChocolate is Instagram gold and a truly scrumptious dessert in a cup.

Hands holding a bottle of chocolate suace which is being poured onto a cup of fairy floss

The hot chocolate at Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters

Chokolait’s chocolate pavlova

There are so many sweet sensations made from Belgian couverture chocolate on the menu at the CBD’s two Chokolait salons. Cakes, mousse, fondue, brownies, the list goes on, but the chocolate pavlova is in a class of its own. We give their extra-decadent take on the Aussie dessert A+.

A slice of pavlova covered in cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce

The Chocolate Pavlova at Chokolait

Afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor

The classics never go out of style, which is why you can’t go wrong with afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor. Melbourne’s grandest old hotel has been serving this decadent meal since it opened in 1883, so every detail is just right. There’s always a three-tiered stand of treats, but on weekends you also get an epic dessert buffet. From fancy cakes to a chocolate fondue fountain, it’s more dessert than anyone can handle, so be choosy!

A table with a display stand of cakes, scones and sandwiches

Afternoon tea is at the Hotel Windsor is an iconic Melbourne experience

Magnum espresso martini at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

Roll up to Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq for the ultimate arcade experience. Once you’ve finished with bowling, bumper cars or virtual reality be sure to try their Magnum espresso martini. A  twist on the classic cocktail, with a side of delicious chocolate ice cream.

A cocktail with an ice-cream in it

The Magum espresso martini from Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq