Sydney’s Best Gluten-Free Desserts

By Ellie Schneider
26th Apr 2014

Gluten-free eating can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to desserts. The dietary restriction, however, doesn't mean you have to swear off the good stuff. We hit the streets to find what we consider the best, most tasty gluten-free treats.

Read on for the best gluten-free desserts in Sydney town…

Sparrow Gelato & Espresso
Open from breakfast till late evening, this Crows Nest stalwart is famed for its tasty selection of gelato, with creative offerings such as salted caramel, plum, mojito and honeycomb—the finest dessert north of the bridge.

Serving handmade, 100% gluten-free macarons in an array of seasonal flavours, MakMak has garnered a solid reputation on Sydney's dessert scene. The autumn collection features: quince, vanilla and lemon curd; sour cherry and dark chocolate; green apple and guava; and smoked vanilla and pecan praline. Doors close early so pack a box to take home—MakMak macarons are very high on our list of the best gluten-free desserts in Sydney.

Gelato Messina
An obvious choice in our roundup of Sydney's best gluten-free desserts, Gelato Messina is sure to curb those late-night sugar cravings. Check the website for its complete list of signature and specialty flavours, which include everything from caramel and honey nougat gelato to rockmelon sorbet with crispy prosciutto. Out there and wonderful for the gluten-free eaters.

El Topo

Offering an entirely gluten-free menu, El Topo's selection of desserts is impressive including: roast pineapple ice cream, macadamia tamarind and banana; smashed flan of coconut, single origin Mexican chocolate hazelnut and goat's milk caramel; and popcorn ice cream, caramelised white chocolate mandarin, almond and mezcal.

Adriano Zumbo at The Star
Stroll into Adriano Zumbo's elegant patisserie at The Star for its full range of cakes, Zumbarons, tarts and pastries. Sydney gluten-free folk rejoice at the colourful collection of macarons, whilst many of the small cakes are also created sans gluten. Open till late.

RivaReno Gelato
Hailing from Milan, RivaReno Gelato in Surry Hills offers a true taste of traditional Italian gelati. Created with all natural ingredients and buckets of flavour, the frozen treat is housed in classic pozzetti, which seals in the cold air. Recommendations include pistachio, bacio, and hazelnut.

Cow and the Moon
Rounding out our list of best gluten-free desserts in Sydney is this Enmore gelato, coffee and dessert bar. Famous with the locals you'll find traditional gelato flavours as well as a few house specials to keep patrons on their toes. Try the out-of-this-world hot cross bun flavour or the roasted baby beetroots in balsamic vinegar with caramalised walnuts and dates—Amazing!!

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