Bless the Italians who invented this sweet hazelnut and chocolate spread in the 1960s, what would we have done without you? The cafes, pizzerias, creperies and restaurants of Melbourne have all decided to embrace the sweet stuff and get creative with their use of Nutella. From breakfast waffles to dessert pizza to fried gyoza, it seems that anytime is Nutella time, and we don’t have a single problem with that. Without further ado, here are Melbourne’s best places to satisfy a Nutella craving, no matter what time of day.
Myrtles Crepes & Coffee
The Nutella crepes at Myrtles Crepes & Coffee, a cosy Northcote creperie, are some of the best crepes in Melbourne if you're a fan of warm, chocolatey goodness. The Myrtles Crepes venue itself is beautiful—its open fires, cute tables and fantastic drinks menu make it one of our top tips for crepes in Melbourne if you're looking for a date spot, or somewhere you plan on hanging out all afternoon. We'll be here all winter, Listers.
Located on the 55th floor of the Rialto tower, enjoy panoramic views, elegant cocktails and some darn good bar snacks at one of Melbourne’s best bars. We can’t go past the Nutella doughnuts at Lui for a late night sweet treat, as these perfectly round golden balls of delight bring us so much joy. At $18 they are perhaps on the more expensive side when it comes to doughnut consumption, but they are worth every cent.
If you’re in Fitzroy and have a hankering for some Japanese, Peko Peko is a great place to pop by. While they do the traditional fare resoundingly well, we enjoy their subtle nod to European flavours here and there, such as their Nutella gyoza. Yep, you heard us correctly. Think crispy fried wonton with gooey Nutella on the inside dusted with icing sugar. Just in case you get too excited and burn your mouth out of enthusiasm, it comes with a bowl of black sesame ice-cream.
If it’s Nutella gelato you want, you can’t go past Lygon Street’s latest and greatest gelato joint, Pidapipo. Not only do they have Nutella flavoured gelato, they also have a liquid Nutella tap that you can fill your cone with before adding the ice cream. This is not a drill, people. Also, they recently had a killer flavour combination of hazelnut, Nutella and biscotti crumble. Fingers and toes crossed we’ll be seeing that one again soon.
While there are many Nutella options available at Italian institution Brunetti, including gelati, macarons, cornetti and bombalone, the winner for us is the ricotta and Nutella cheesecake. The velvety ricotta is the majority of this baked cheesecake, with a luscious layer of Nutella on the surface that is enough to satisfy without leaving you feeling ill.
It’s never too early for a Nutella fix in our humble opinion, and Waffle On on Degraves Street is our inner city haven. The batter is all about that buttermilk, making it suitable for both savoury and sweet toppings. A traditional waffle made right in front of you, smothered in Nutella and a scoop of ice cream for good measure will do us just fine, thank you very much.
Want one of Melbourne’s best Nutella dishes on the south side? Head down to Pinocchio on Toorak Road for some of the tastiest pizza in town, both sweet and savoury. At Pinocchio all three of their Pizza Dolce’s are served with Nutella, but our pick would have to be the Fragole, with lashings of Nutella, fresh strawberries and cream.
Rue De Creperie
Fitzroy’s Rue de Creperie have not one, but FOUR delicious crepe options containing Nutella. While we are tempted by the classic combination of banana and Nutella, and an intriguing Snickers creation, their Pear Belle is calling our name, filled with poached pear, Nutella, almond flakes and vanilla ice cream. De-lish.
There’s something about jaffles that make us instantly revert back to a childlike state. If Bad Frankie’s sweet jaffles had been around when you were a child, you may have had more than a few trips to the dentist, but oh, it would be so worth it. The Jam Rizzle has captured our Nutella-obsessed hearts, minds and tastebuds, with White bread, raspberry jam, Nutella, marshmallows and toasted walnuts.
This Thornbury gem is the home to some delicious and traditional Neopolitan pizza, with a perfect thin but tender crust straight out of the woodfire oven. While you can’t really go wrong with their savoury options, may we suggest their sweet calzone? The dessert is filled with fresh strawberries, plenty of Nutella, and happiness.
Home to the sacred ‘Lollybag cake’, LuxBite know a thing or two when it comes to dishing up Melbourne’s best desserts and sweet treats. While they have an impressive array of macarons, tarts and other cakes all year round, we get that extra bit excited come Easter every year when they make ‘Mif’ (short for Miffy the bunny). It’s their version of a Ferrero Rocher, and looks like a giant chocolate macaron, packed with housemade Nutella, light hazelnut praliné cream, Piedmontese hazelnut. It’s also gluten free.
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