Tis’ the season for eating dessert. Traditional mince pies, eggnog donuts and boozy gingerbread chocolate – even Santa Claus would make a quick stopover to Melbourne city for these festive treats.
The Langham Melbourne
Love, Peace…and Scones! Aria Bar & Lounge at The Langham has a Christmas High Tea special of sweet and savory festive delights. Expect gingerbread spice scones, smoked turkey with cranberry chutney finger sandwiches and champagne macarons – just to name a few! Available weekdays until Saturday 23 December.
Betty’s Burgers Christmas Pavlova dessert
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co have just dropped their festive Christmas Pavlova dessert – and it’s a must-try. Made from frozen vanilla custard (made on site everyday) and topped with our rainbow meringue, raspberries and vanilla cream. It’s only available until 31 December.
Christmas pudding at Emilia Trattoria
If you like traditional festive fare, you can’t go past the mouth-watering made-to-order Christmas puddings from Emilia Trattoria. Continuing the tradition that began with Gil’s diner (the previous restaurant on site), they are available in three sizes and can be ordered up to Wednesday 20 December.
Italian inspired desserts at Brunetti
When it comes to traditional Italian desserts, no one does it better than Melbourne pasticceria, Brunetti. With a great gift selection of Italian almond nougat, crispy praline and hazelnut tatufante, these treats are best enjoyed with an afternoon espresso. Christmas log cakes, gingerbread houses and Christmas puddings are also part of their extensive range. With the new Brunetti City recently opening its doors, its even easier to stock up for Christmas.
Luxbite’s tropical snowman
LuxBite’s ‘Tropical Snowman’ is ‘white Christmas’ dessert with a hot weather twist. Inspired by a Weis ice-cream bar, it’s a delicious mix of Australian mango, coconut mousse, salted macadamia praliné and flourless chocolate sponge (gluten free).
Baker D Chirico
Baker D Chirico knows every Christmas dessert needs the ‘holy trinity’ of flavours – vanilla bean, cinnamon and spicy rum. From traditional mince pies, shortcrust speculoos stars and Italian mini panettone, these warm baked goods are instant Christmas crowd pleasers. Find them in Carlton and Domain Road, South Yarra, opposite the Royal Botanic Gardens.
La Belle Miette
This Christmas, make a quick trip to Paris with La Belle Miette’s curated selection of delicate desserts. Their whimsical Christmas boxes with festive macarons, chocolates and tea are the perfect gifts for the sweet connoisseur in your life. Available at their Collins Street and Hardware Lane locations.
O’ Holey Christmas! Coated in a spiced crème anglaise of vanilla, rum and nutmeg, these Eggnog and Candied Pecan star-shaped donuts from Shortstop, sound like a festive miracle. You will want to order a box – trust us!
We are drunk in love with Wawa’s Christmas edition chocolate bar ‘Drunken Gingerbread.’ Made with rum from the Hoochery Distillery in Northern WA, this boozy chocolate delight is available at their Docklands store now.
Embrace your inner-child with this Gingerbread House from Beatrix Cafe in North Melbourne. This made-to-order classic chalet is made of crunchy gingerbread biscuit and snowy-white frosting.
And if that isn’t enough?
Drop into the Westin’s lobby bar for Festive High Tea featuring sweet and savoury treats impeccably presented on a three-tiered stand. Coffee, tea or herbal infusions are included, or up the ante with a glass of bubbles or two hours of free-flowing Prosecco.
Hand-churned gelati and sorbet in unusual flavours like fior di latte are available from the Spring Street Grocer‘s on-site Gelateria Primavera.