Whether you’re choosy about indulging in dessert or will sink your sweet tooth into anything, you’re going to drool over these. We’ve found the city’s cult sugar rushes – enjoy!
Sweetie And Moustache Dessert Lounge’s honey toast
Famous for its 12 kinds of layered crepe cakes, Sweetie And Moustache Dessert Lounge has other temptations beside this signature dessert. We can’t go past their honey toast, which sounds ordinary but looks and tastes amazing. A big stack of toast loaded with deliciousness, from chocolate sauce to berries, it’s like breakfast on sweet steroids.
Anything 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 breakfast, lunch or dinner, and of course afternoon tea, plus supper on weekends. Art and science make sensory love at Om Nom. There are even dessert-worthy cocktails. We can’t decide what we like best on the menu, and can only suggest you arrive hungry!
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 – 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 French-inspired though: the 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!
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.
Hash Specialty Coffee And Roasters’ hot chocolate
They may be primarily about 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.
Dex2rose’s Nutella Floatella
As the old advertising jingle goes, we always say yes to Nutella. But you’ll be shouting yes, yes, yes like in When Harry Met Sally for the Nutella Floatella. Liquid nitrogen gelateria Dex2rose has turned the nutty, chocolatey breakfast spread into creamy gelato. It’s topped with a white chocolate ganache syringe and pralinated hazelnuts and there’s a mini Nutella jar that you can take home and sigh over.
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+.
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!