Melbourne’s must-try desserts

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.

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

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!

A plate with fairy floss, meringue, fruit and covered in smoke

The next level desserts at Om Nom

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!

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 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.

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

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.

A tub of chocolate ice cream with a syringe of chocolate sauce and a jar of nutella hanging off it

The Nutella Floatella at Dex2rose

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