Listers, if there’s one thing we’ve learnt in this job it’s that no matter how great the main course is, one must ALWAYS leave room for dessert. Melbourne’s tasty dessert offering is second to none, and there’s a smorgasbord of sweet treats out there waiting to be discovered.
But rather than give you a breakdown of our Melbourne’s best gelato spots or the best brûlée in town, we’ve decided to mix it up a bit with this epic, genre-spanning list. It’s time to eat your way around the alphabet with this A-to-Z list of the best desserts in Melbourne!
A: Apple and tonka bean mousse served with pressed apples, yuzu, spiced streusel, and dulce ice cream at Ezard, Melbourne CBD. The most decadent apple crumble you’ll ever eat.
B: Bombe Alaska at Donovan’s, St Kilda. Designed to be eaten by two, the meringue-spiked exterior of this frozen treat makes it one of the most striking on the list.
C: The Churros taco (!) at Acland Street Cantina, St Kilda, which comes with salted caramel ice cream and sauce.
D: Dulce de leche creme caramel with salted peanut praline at Melbourne Argentinian restaurant, San Telmo, in the CBD. You’ll definitely want seconds of the peanut praline, trust us.
E: Eaton Mess at Estelle Bistro, Northcote, which is basically the most beautiful bowl of strawberries, lemon, edible flowers, and meringue you will ever see.
F: French macarons at traditional French patisserie, French Lettuce, in Carlton.
G: Of course, this was going to be Gelato from ice cream institution Messina, in Fitzroy. There are way too many flavours to list… Make sure you sample a few before settling on your cone of choice.
H: Hazelnut Praline Mudcake at the Hopetoun Tearooms, in Melbourne’s CBD, which is similar to eating a slice of a soccerball-sized Ferrero Rocher. Yum.
I: The Ice cream sundae at acclaimed chef, Andrew McConnell’s Builders Arms Hotel, in Fitzroy, which brings together chocolate fudge, sour cherries, and strawberries.
J: Jaffles—the lamington jaffle at Bad Frankie, to be precise. Melted chocolate and coconut-dipped goodness, right there, folks.
K: The Krispy Klean doughnuts from Melbourne café, Green Press, are one of the best desserts in Melbourne if you’re looking for dairy- and gluten-free solutions that are actually delicious.
L: Lime posset with green apple, white chocolate, dill, and matcha at The Town Mouse, in Carlton—one of the most creative, delicious desserts in Melbourne.
M: One for the chocolate connoisseurs! The Marsala, mascarpone, and chocolate mousse cake from confectionary geniuses, Burch & Purchese, South Yarra, is made with 80% cacao chocolate. Rich, tasty, and uniquely spiced.
N: Nutella doughnuts at the Lui Bar—perfect with an espresso martini.
O: Om Nom dessert bar’s Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (roughly translated as black forest gateaux). In fact, EVERYTHING at Om Nom is incredible—the dessert degustation is an absolute must for those with a sweet tooth.
P: Portuguese custard tarts from Rustica Bakery, in Fitzroy. Seriously delicious vanilla and pastry heaven.
Q: The Cupcake Queens’ (various locations) custom cupcakes, which can be decorated in whatever colour and design you like. We love the orange and poppy seed, and red velvet flavours—great for parties and events, or, y’know, a Friday night.
R: The lavish deconstructed Reeces Peanut Butter Cup at Steer Bar & Grill, in South Yarra, gives an American classic the luxury treatment.
S: Salted Caramel Délice at Koko Black, in Carlton and Melbourne CBD, which crams caramel into every aspect of this dessert—chocolate and caramel mousse, caramelised white chocolate brûlée, AND a caramel centre— yes please!
T: Thyme, sesame, and honey glazed Loukoumades (that’s Greek doughnuts) at The Gasometer, in Fitzroy.
U: The TiramisU, (yeah, yeah, we know this is cheating) served with Kahlua meringues and Patron sauce at The Point, in Port Melbourne, is Melbourne’s best boozy dessert… Those meringues!
V: Vanilla crème, dark chocolate, and rum-soaked raison mousse at Collingwood restaurant, The Gem. Rum and raison is a tricky flavour combo to get right but these guys nail it.
W: The Whoopie Mac at the Meatball & Wine Bar, various locations, is our ice cream sandwich go-to.
X: Movida’s spiced Pedro Ximenez pastries that come with the iconic Melbourne restaurant’s crème caramel are deliciously sweet.
Z: The Zebra Dream vegan coconut ice cream sandwich, served with ACE raw cookies, at Like Minded Projects in Fitzroy is our top guilt-free dessert in Melbourne—perfect for a warm day.
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Image credit: Estelle Bistro via Facebook