Time to indulge in something sweet? Here are some of our favourite spots for desserts and sweet treats in Melbourne.
The sweet, pillowy doughnuts here are so popular, the store is popping up in areas other than its Springvale home, fleetingly satiating the needs of doughnut lovers in other pockets of Melbourne. The original Daniel’s Donuts’ [819 Princes Highway, Springvale] store is open 24-hours so you can enjoy a late-night dessert like lemon meringue, Nutella M&M or PB&J doughnuts no matter the time of day. The crowd favourite though is the jam and cream — just like a scone, only doughnutty.
If you’re looking for something a little more homely than a dine-and-dash sweet treat, Mayflour [38 Fawkner Street, Westmeadows] is the place to go. Owners Kris and Pasquale put a whole lotta love into their cupcakes. Try the passionfruit meringue, Anzac or raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes — they’ll leave you wanting more. If you need a main meal to justify your dessert, you’ll also find a delicious menu of homemade pasta here too.
Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop [151 Union Road, Ascot Vale] is one of our favourite cake shops in Melbourne. Not only does it offer delectable desserts — in the form of cupcakes, cakes, pastries and more — it’s also 100% vegan, plus has gluten-free and fructose friendly options available. The kids will love the multi-coloured unicorn cupcakes, while the adults can indulge in a fluffy cinnamon bun or a chocolate Danish.
Taking a trip to a lolly shop is an exciting sensory experience, no matter how old you are. Take a trip back in time at vibrant lolly emporium Sassafras Sweet Co [207 Yarra Street, Warrandyte] and re-live your childhood. Browse its shelves of nostalgic sweets like peach hearts, cola bottles, raspberry drops, Push Pops and homemade fudge. It also stocks a range of international confectionery including Hershey’s chocolate and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.
While this Dandenong hot spot offers top-notch lunch and dinner, you’d be missing out if you didn’t take a peek at Dandenong Pavilion’s [55-61 Princes Highway, Dandenong] dessert menu. The Return of the Mack dessert — consisting of baked chocolate brownie pieces mixed with creamy vanilla ice-cream, topped with whipped cream and hot chocolate fudge — is a popular choice. Here you can enjoy one of three waffle flavours: banana and Nutella, strawberry and chocolate and poached apple with salted caramel — all delish.
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For many, Gelato Messina [237 Smith Street, Fitzroy] is the holy grail when it comes to gelato in Melbourne. It’s not your ordinary ice cream parlour; this team is passionate about creating inventive but moreish gelato flavours while also nailing the classics. Try a scoop of coconut lychee or pear and rhubarb for a fruity treat. Chocolate more your style? Go for the milk chocolate with peanut fudge or white chocolate hazelnut. The only problem you may have here is deciding on flavours -— and trust us, it can get tricky! Beat the choice anxiety with a take-home tub.
Tucked away down a side street off Glenferrie Road, everything about Picapika is Instagrammable, from its bright yellow interior to its Japanese-style, perfectly crispy egg waffles. Get yours topped with green tea, watermelon or black sesame soft serve or a scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour. Or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, try the mermaid soft-serve egg waffle, complete with a wafer mermaid tail. Prefer something a bit lighter? Try one of the Belgian-style Liege waffles that are a little lighter and sweeter than the regular kind.
Enjoy a baked treat surrounded by history at Turner’s Bakehouse [107 Schotters Road, Mernda]. This artisan bakery dates back to 1892 when Charles and Stephenson Turner, the original owners, made their baked goods in a traditional woodfired Scotch oven, then delivered them by horse and cart. The building was recently restored, giving Charles and Stephenson’s legacy — including the historic woodfired Scotch oven — a new lease on life. You could pick anything from the menu or bakery cabinets and enjoy it, but we recommend the renowned vanilla slice or an almond croissant.
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Opened by Pastry Chef and former Chocolatier Marc Frissars, Gateaux by Marc Frissars [565 Hampton Street, Hampton] is the kind of place where the food is almost too pretty to eat. Though once you take your first bite of cake or pastry here, your reluctance will go out the door — everything is that delectable. Take on a tiramisu or a mille-feuille (French vanilla slice) and wash it down with a latte before taking home a few mini danishes to enjoy later.
One of our top picks for traditional wood-fired pizza is Piatto Pizza [141 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds] but the reason it makes this list isn’t the cheesy kind. Nutella-lovers shouldn’t go past the Nutella pizza: a delicious traditional base smothered in this much-loved hazelnut spread and topped with strawberries and icing sugar — bliss. Or, opt for the banana pizza drizzled with honey and cinnamon.
Another top-notch waffle spot that services the west side is Waffee Waffles & Coffee [25 Harrington Square, Altona]. Watch as your Belgian waffle is made fresh then topped with warm chocolate sauce or salted caramel and peanuts. Or opt for one of the fruity flavours like blueberry that’s baked into the waffle, or raspberry white chocolate. If you’re a stickler for the classics, go for the Waffee Original, coated in sweet caramel glaze.
Ms Bean [Box Hill Central, 1 Main Street, Box Hill] is a fantastic option for vegan desserts in Melbourne’s east, particularly on a warm day. Here, the specialty is soy milk ice cream, and despite what you might think, the scoops here are just as creamy and delicious as dairy ice cream. Made from only natural ingredients, you can enjoy unique delights like avocado, black sesame and red bean or fruitier flavours like passionfruit or watermelon. With your choice of cone — plain, black sesame or green tea — and a range of toppings, there’s plenty of variety too.
Image source: @msbeanau
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