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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.