The Most Delicious Dessert Spots in Sydney
Sydney is no doubt known for its 5-star restaurants and world-class bars. But the city also caters to those with a sweeter tooth, with an indulgent array of corner cafes, neighbourhood patisseries, deluxe bakeries and ice cream shops.
To help ensure the ultimate sugar fix, we have rounded up 6 of the best dessert places in Sydney.
Established in 2008, Black Star Pastry is home to ‘the world’s most Instagrammed cake’, according to the New York Times. Creator of the strawberry watermelon cake, Black Star Pastry quickly rose the social media ranks and have since expanded, with 4 Sydney locations in Newtown, Rosebery, the CBD and Moore Park, not to mention 2 locations in Victoria and Shanghai.
The cult Sydney bakery specialises in unique cakes, including their vegan chocolate popcorn cake, raspberry lychee cake, zen cheesecake and mango yuzu cake. Also on the menu are buttery croissants, custard flan and cinnamon scrolls with frangipane almond cream filling pastries, plus coffee from Melbourne based specialty roasters, ST ALi. Their unique flavours and bold style makes this spot a must find for some of the best desserts in sydney.
The Galeries, Ground Floor Shop 26/500 George St, Sydney
1/325 King St, Newtown, Sydney
210 Bent St, Moore Park, Sydney
113 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, Sydney
Located in Stanmore Village, Sixpenny is a fine-dining experience with an even finer selection of 5-star desserts. During the 2020 and 2021 Sydney lockdowns, the restaurant transformed into a general store, with a socially distanced line around the block, selling a range of savoury and sweet treats, including lemon and pistachio crepe cake, coconut and lime dream cake, hazelnut choux buns and Russian honey cake with black truffle.
Now back in action, Sixpenny uses the best locally grown produce to create an ever-changing tasting menu that reflects all things Australia. Think gourmet kangaroo tacos, pan-seared Murray cod, pecorino custard doughnuts and a sultry Daintree chocolate sorbet with lemon ice cream.
Address: 83 Percival Road, Stanmore, Sydney
With locations in Chippendale and Ryde, KOI Dessert Bar is definitely one for the sweet tooth bucket list. The cafe and cake delivery service create cakes that are closer to works of art, almost too beautiful to eat, but guaranteed to make you come back for seconds.
Select from KOI’s epic range of decadent cakes and Basque cheesecakes. Highlights include their bestselling Strawberry Lychee cake made with mousse, raspberry jelly, fresh lychee and almond sable; Cherry Forest cake made with chocolate sponge, mixed berry jelly, Kirsch cream and cherries; or their limited edition ‘Floor is Lava’ cake’ with a side of chocolate caramel ganache sauce, poured over the top to create a molten lava effect.
46 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Shop 3/62-66 Blaxland Rd, Ryde
Safe to say, all Sydneysiders are familiar with the famous Messina and their mouthwatering selection of gelato and sorbets. From their humble beginnings in Darlinghurst in 2008, the iconic gelato store has expanded with 19 stores located across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra.
The Messina Creative Department sits next door to the original Darlinghurst location and promises what can only be described as an “immersive and indulgent journey”. In an intimate setting seated around one table, six guests are invited to enjoy an 8-course degustation paired with complimenting alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Messina’s goal is to challenge your taste buds by using seasonal, local ingredients and unexpected flavour combinations guaranteed to take you out of your comfort zone, making it one of the best dessert places in Sydney.
Address: Shop 1/241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Located within the 5-star hotel Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Alibi takes plant-based dining to a whole new level with a menu that showcases the most delicious local and seasonal produce. Whilst Alibi is both a bar and restaurant, it also delivers a mighty fine high tea with a stellar selection of savoury bites and some of the best vegan desserts Sydney has to offer.
Alibi’s weekend high tea menu will tantalise vegan tastebuds with a menu that includes peppermint gum pea tart with dark bitter chocolate, banana and passionfruit tart, ginger tart paired with grapes, and decadent chocolate cake with cherries. All topped off with free-flow sparkling rosé or NV Tattinger “Prestige Cuvée”.
Address: Ovolo Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
Located in the trendy inner-west suburb of Enmore in Sydney, Saga is all about American comfort food and next level pastries. The small neighborhood café and patisserie has quickly become a crowd favourite with a selection of treats that will leave you drooling.
The sleek light timber interior is minimal whilst the menu is anything but. Far from your basic croissants, Saga serves flavour laden sandwiches and an array of incredible pastries including their iconic banana cream pie, baked cheesecake, bread and butter pudding made with brioche soaked in vanilla anglaise, sticky fingers, dulce de leche and brown butter tart and Thai-rimisu made with white chocolate marscapone mousse, Thai coffee soaked savioardi biscuits, salted coconut cream and coconut palm sugar crumb. YUM.
Address: 178 Enmore Road, Enmore