With quaint cafes and fine-dining restaurants staffed by renowned local chefs, Melbourne also offers some of the most delectable desserts and patisseries. Discover some of Melbourne’s best dessert places, guaranteed to satisfy your sweet-tooth.
LuxBite is a patisserie cafe known for serving special macaron flavors familiar to South East Asian taste buds, like pandan, kaya, Ribena lemonade, and even coffee candy (kopiko). Check out the award-winning, rich Belgian dark chocolate with hazelnut crust, the highly rated green tea cheesecake, and the seven-layer Lolly Bag Cake.
Close to the South Melbourne market is a rustic venue serving French-inspired delights and all-day brunch. Bibelot (pronounced ‘bib-loh’) is a dessert boutique which houses some of the finest petit gâteau, made with quality ingredients from Australia and Europe. With an exclusive range of cakes, tarts, and macarons, Bibelot also takes pride in producing its own artisanal chocolate and gelato.
Self-acclaimed by chef and owner Darren Purchese as a ‘dessert extravaganza,’ this Sweet Studio is where you’ll find exquisite and extravagant sugary treats. Walking into Burch & Purchese will make you wonder if it’s another Willy Wonka factory. From a chocolate flower garden, to edible bubbles, Purchese’s sweet creations are well-crafted works of art not only in appearance but also in flavor.
Brunetti has offered a delightful selection of European-style sweets and desserts since its opening in 1985. This half cafe-half restaurant is described as quintessentially Italian but with an Australian twist. Its rows of sweet and savory treats will leave you spoiled for choice, ranging from delicious pastries, cakes, and macarons to gelati. If you head down to Brunetti, be sure to look out for its tempting variety of cheesecakes.
Owned by Sydney’s very own macaron king, Adriano Zumbo, this house of treats brings you some of the best cakes, tarts, and pastries, alongside Zumbo’s colorful signature Zumbarons. Also worth trying are his New York-inspired ‘cronuts,’ Zonuts, and the V8 cake, which was featured on Masterchef.
Indulge in exquisite, award-winning French desserts at Le Petit Gateau. With a minimalist and contemporary theme, Pastry Chef Pierrick Boyer’s cakes boast originality in their flavors. Some of his highly acclaimed cakes include the Brownie and Passionfruit Chocolate Gateau, and his signature cake, Mister Green Tea.
San Churro is your go-to for churros galore. Enjoy it alone or grab some friends and share a plate of churros fondue. As its name suggests, the chocolateria is also known for other decadent desserts, such as luscious molten chocolate or salted caramel lava cakes served with ice cream. It even has sundaes for frozen dessert lovers.
If you like a cup of indulgent hot chocolate or other chocolaty desserts, Max Brenner is your perfect destination. With an extensive, sugary menu, Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar also has a range of ‘sweet-icons,’ from chocolate fondues, to waffles, crepes, and even pizza. Don’t miss out on the selection of pastries and sundaes. It’s definitely a one-stop haven for chocolate lovers.