The importance of a good dessert in rounding out a meal cannot be overstated. From traditional desserts to modern twists on old favourites to outright culinary adventures in sugar, Perth restaurants are delivering some pretty good sweet offerings.
It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are 18 of Perth’s best desserts!
Bombe Alaska At Market Grounds
Big enough to satisfy the dessert cravings of your whole table, the Bombe Alaska at Market Grounds is our new favourite dessert. This thing is layered frozen yoghurt, meringue and mascarpone, studded with macadamia, coconut and blueberry and it is the stuff dessert dreams are made of.
Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich At Hummus Club
Not only is this one of Perth’s best desserts, it’s also one of the messiest—which in our eyes gets bonus points. End your meal at the Hummus Club with their insane Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich—that’s two sticky, flaky, delicious pieces of baklava with a dollop of brown butter and date ice cream in between, bathed in caramel and topped with pistachio and rose. It’s a certifiable table-thumper.
Peanut Butter Parfait At Kitsch Bar
Just the thing after a hot and sour meal at Kitsch Bar, their Peanut Butter Parfait comes in a jar which makes it extra likeable. The gooey peanut butter ice-cream-like base comes with salted caramel and praline swirled through it and crushed peanuts on top. You’ll be wiping the jar clean with your fingers to enjoy every last bit of this decadent dessert!
Chu Puffs At Chu Bakery
The reasons we love Chu Bakery are endless, but their signature Chu Puffs are pretty impossible to go past. Perfectly light on the inside and crispy on the outside, these things are as Insta-worthy as they are delicious. Choose from a few flavours—we love the raspberry and lychee, but the matcha and yuzu are fab too.
Salted Caramel Doughnut At Mary Street Bakery
Highgate, West Leederville, Perth
Within the glass cabinets at all Mary Street Bakery outposts you’ll find a treasure trove of sweet goodies, but the salted caramel doughnuts are pretty hard to beat. Either that, or the black sesame, custard and coconut cruffin is an absolute thing of beauty, too.
Souffra At Lady Of Ro
It’s a hard choice between this and the Chocolate Ricotta cake, but a meal at Lady of Ro (and life itself) isn’t complete without a big ol’ serve of their Souffra, which is a filo-encased egg custard cake baked and dusted with cinnamon and pistachio. It’s the kind of dessert you regret ordering just one of.
Passionfruit Pavlova At Rockpool
As much as we all love Mum’s pavlova that gets wheeled out every Christmas, the one at Rockpool Bar and Grill is pretty damn hard to beat—not least because it’s available every day. The perfect way to finish your meal at this modern steakhouse, the Passionfruit Pavlova is crunchy on the outside, marshmallow light on the inside, and stacked high with passionfruit drizzling down.
Tiramisu At Canteen Pizza
Canteen Pizza's tiramisu is the dessert to end all desserts. Not only is it gigantic (one will feed a table of four, unless you didn’t over order on the pizza and pasta for mains), it’s also seriously delicious—creamy, rich and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth.
Pandacotta At Neho Asian Tapas
The perfect way to end a meal full of South-East Asian eats, Neho Asian Tapas serves up the Pandacotta: a pandan infused panna cotta with salted coconut crumble and lime coconut granita. It’s damn delicious, but if you’re not convinced just go for the dessert trio—that way you get to try all three of their delicious sweets!
Citrus Cheesecake At Measure Bar
Perth’s premier dessert bar, it makes sense that Measure Bar would grace this list. But with what? Their coconut beignets are delightful and the sago pudding is luxurious, but the citrus cheesecake can’t be beat when it comes to finding a truly sophisticated dessert. With a cheesecake mousse sphere stacked on top of a crumbly little lime sable and decorative honey roasted macadamias and yuzu cream, this thing doesn’t just taste good—it’s a work of art.
Tasting Flight At Chicho Gelato
Serving up the best gelato south of Italy, Chicho is the dessert mecca of Northbridge. Diners make the pilgrimage up and down William Street, no matter where they’ve eaten, to enjoy their creamy, melt-in-your-mouth gelato. Since all the flavours are delicious, the easiest (and best) way to go is to grab the tasting flight—why have just one flavour when you could have five? That, or the collaboration of the moment for something adventurous.
Ice Cream Sandwich At Piggy Food Co
If you like dessert that you can eat by the fistful, Piggy Food Co's ice cream sandwiches should be on your hit list. Our favourites are the salted caramel macadamia and the cookies and cream, but the flavours change weekly so you can keep going back and it’s a new dessert every time!
Fried Banana Roti At Long Chim
If your deliciously spicy meal at Long Chim wasn’t already off the hook, it will be once you down their Fried Banana Roti. A Bangkok street classic, this crispy, golden gem of a dessert is chopped banana wrapped in roti and fried in ghee, then drenched in condensed milk and white sugar.
Dessert Pizza At Magna Pizza
There’s nothing quite like dessert pizza, and the one at Magna Pizza is a cut above. Topped with Nutella, strawberries and cream, this thing is well worth saving room for.
The Honeycake At The Honeycake
The Honeycake was long a Fremantle Markets favourite, but now has permanent stores in the State Buildings and Yagan Square—all geared around the handmade production of these traditional Czech layered cakes. The Honeycake’s Honeycake is simple: alternating honey and caramel layers with fresh walnut and honeycomb on top. Seriously good!
Bombe Alaska At Bib & Tucker
Yeah, that’s two Bombe Alaska sweets on one list but when a dessert is this good it can’t be ignored. Bib & Tucker's iteration of this classic dessert is pretty true to tradition: it features a perfectly crumbly biscuit base, stacked with banana and toffee ice cream and toasted meringue! They’ll flambé it for you for a few extra bucks, too.
The High Coffee At The Waiting Room Crown Towers
The seriously stylish Waiting Room bar at Crown Towers straddles day and night, providing everything from a coffee or afternoon tea to after work drinks or world class cocktails. The High Coffee is the ultimate combination of all of these things: an espresso martini, paired with a chocolate dome (there’s caramel whiskey mousse inside), a Grand Marnier macaroon, passionfruit brulee and a chocolate cigar, beautifully presented on a little wooden board. It’s as classy as it gets.
Peanut Butter Waffle At Muffle
Another one that’s on our Fremantle Markets hit list, Muffle is serving out some insanely delicious waffles—the twist is, these waffles are stuffed with filling! There’s quite a list of flavours, but the Peanut Butter Waffle is a no-brainer.
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Market Grounds | Image Credit: Emma Bryant