Food & Drink

10 Of The Best Desserts In Sydney Right Now

By Georgia Condon
5th Oct 2023

Sydney has been the birthplace of some incredible sweets, from Bennelong's Opera House-inspired passionfruit pavlova to the Snow Egg (RIP) at Quay—even the inimitable Gelato Messina got its start here.

Served on white plates with Harbour views or scoffed out of a paper tray on the side of the street, there's something about dessert that cures all kinds of blues—and the best Sydney dessert can turn an average day into an incredible one in just a few spoonfuls.

To satisfy sweet tooths of all kinds, these are 11 of the best desserts in Sydney right now.

Nomtella | Koi Dessert Bar

Chippendale and Ryde

Best Desserts Sydney Koi Dessert Bar NomtellaYou probably recognise Reynold Poernomo from his time on MasterChef, but serious Sydney dessert enthusiasts will know him from the sweet haven he runs with his brothers Ronald and Arnold, Koi Dessert Bar. The immaculately crafted desserts are a feast for the eyes so it's easy to get overwhelmed, but if you're a Nutella fan the Nomtella is essential eating: dark chocolate brownie topped with espresso mousse, cloaked in salted caramel ganache and topped with hazelnuts. You can get an individual one, or order larger sizes for special occasions—and it's gluten-free.

Tiramisu | 10 William St

Paddington

From the wine to the cosy setting and that iconic pretzel, there's not much that 10 William St gets wrong. It's one of our favourite bars, a go-to date spot, a forever fail-safe for a Friday night catch-up and, yep, it also has one of Sydney's best desserts. The tiramisu's perfect airy balance of sabayon, mascarpone, and espresso-soaked savoiardi with an unexpected sprinkling of flaky salt is simply stunning.

Signature Chocolate Bar | Armorica

Surry Hills

best desserts sydney armorica chocolateThose crazy about cocoa need to try this luxe chocolate bar at Armorica; it's crafted from a rich French Valrhona chocolate mousse, layers of salted caramel and chocolate chip biscuit encased in a gold-brushed chocolate shell. Pair with a signature Foret Noir cocktail with Belvedere, Mr Black espresso liqueur, fig leaf, raspberry, balsamic and red plums for the ultimate end to your French feast.

Dragon Cake | Black Star Pastry

Rosebery, CBD, Newtown, and Moore Park

Best Desserts Sydney Black Star Pastry Dragon CakeIt might have been the Strawberry Watermelon Cake that made Black Star Pastry a household name in the world of all things sweet (and happens to be the most Instagrammed Sydney dessert), but the purple and pink-hued Dragon Cake is one of Sydney's best desserts in its own right. Made with finely sliced dragon fruit, pineapple vanilla cream, pomegranate jelly ripples and a biscuit crumb base, it's a true work of art. Order yours here or treat yourself to a single slice in store.

Frozen Yoghurt | Yo-Chi

Surry Hills, Macquarie, Lane Cove and Newtown

There's something about the DIY element of frozen yoghurt that makes it one of the best desserts you can get your hot little fingers on. Yo-Chi's epic range of flavours and toppings means everyone can make their dream Sydney dessert, whether it's salted butterscotch yoghurt heaped with as much chocolate as you can fit in the cup, or coconut topped with fresh fruit and popping pearls. The yoghurts are packed with great probiotics, so it's basically healthy, right?

Knafeh | Afandi Cafe

Bankstown

This Bankstown cafe originally began as a takeaway shop, and is now a local favourite. Try what’s been voted as the best Palestinian knafeh in Sydney, and you’ll understand why: it's crispy, sweet, stretchy and insanely moreish. Pair your knafeh with Afandi Cafe's authentic Arabic coffee brewed over sand (a method that infuses the coffee with a rich, deep taste) and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere with your incredible dessert.

Nutella Kürtősh | Kürtősh

Various locations

Sydney Desserts KurtoshKürtősh is a big-time crowd favourite especially for late-night desserts in Sydney, with most of its seven spots in Sydney serving until 10pm at the earliest, every night. The Hungarian-inspired bakery takes its name from kürtőskalács (sometimes called chimney cake) which see ribbons of dough curled around a baking spit to form a spiral of baked deliciousness. Kürtősh does cinnamon, almond, coconut, and pistachio flavours—but the Nutella will change your life.

Russian Honey Cake | The Charles Grand Bar & Brasserie

CBD

Best Desserts Sydney The CharlesAt The Charles, dessert isn't just delicious: it's mobile. The dessert trolley will come rolling over when your meal's done, so you can take your pick from sweets all baked in-house by head pastry chef Rhiann Mead, ranging from elegant macarons to towering cakes, chocolate bars, and petit fours. Our pick? The 28-layer Russian honey cake with honeycomb and dulce de leche.

Core Apple | Oncore By Clare Smyth

Barangaroo

Sydney Desserts Oncore by Clare Smyth AppleThey say the eyes eat first, and at Oncore by Clare Smyth, they're eating their fruit. The delicate Core Apple is a take on the original version served at Smyth's three Michelin-Star London restaurant, with various textures of apple perfection presented as a life-like morsel. You can try this Sydney dessert at the end of Oncore's $340pp seven-course tastings menu, or book a seat in the bar to order it a la carte with a stunning cocktail to suit.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich | Totti's

Totti's, Bondi and Bar Totti's, CBD

The pleasure of Neapolitan ice cream seems to disappear when you hit adulthood; not so at Totti's where the tri-tone treat comes wedged between two crispy house-made wafers, and makes for the perfect ending to an Italian feast. 

Still hungry? Check out Sydney's best doughnuts, as picked by you. 

Image credit: Black Star Pastry, Koi Dessert Bar, Black Star Pastry, Don't Doughnuts, Afandi Cafe, Kurtosh, The Charles Grand Bar & Brasserie, Oncore by Clare Smyth

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