Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you’ll want to try the desserts and sweet delights that we’ve found hidden in Melbourne’s south.
The French experience, brought to Melbourne by pastry chef extraordinaire, Marc Frissard. Gateaux by Marc Frissard [565 Hampton Street, Hampton] is the ultimate destination for anyone looking for a French culinary experience. Find glass cabinets filled with decadent desserts and pastries. Their lemon tart, has a smooth silky lemon curd and the perfect ratio of curd to biscuit base, but then again the hardest decision of the day will be which dessert to choose.
This unique little French diner is an ideal spot to enjoy a delicious crepe or two. Enjoy a pot of tea at Curly Whiskers. [124 Martin Street, Brighton] They serves up a classical French bistro menu, made of the highest quality produce, even their eggs are delivered weekly by the farmer herself. If high teas are more your style, pop down on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy elegant savoury and sweet treats. Bookings essential.
Are they a cafe? Do they just do convenient takeaway coffee? Baykers of Brighton [Gardenvale Station, 142 Martin Street, Brighton] is more like when your mum handed you your lunch as you ran out the door on your way to school — prepared with love. This is the perfect place to pick up a something delicious on your way to work. Baykers of Brighton also offer a fantastic catering service so keep them in mind for your next big event.
Tucked behind one of Brighton’s most popular restaurants, The Pantry, Lickings Fine Ice Cream [Rear 1 Church Street, Brighton] is the best place to grab a delicious house-made ice cream or sorbet. Whether you’ve just had a burger at the famous neighbouring Royale Brothers or you just want an ice cream to enjoy during the warm weather, Lickings Fine Ice Cream has got you covered.
If it’s time to stock up your biscuit tin at home, Il Migliore [141 Church Street, Brighton] is your one stop shop. Offering everything from gourmet biscuits to sweet delicacies and house-made mueslis. Pop in store and find their beautiful display of generous hampers — with so many to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice.
This Albert Park institution has been serving up scrumptious ice-cream since 2001. There’s nothing overly fancy or whiz-bang about this little ice-creamery, but that’s just how the owner, Jock, likes it. Instead, you can just expect to devour quality ice-cream or sorbet at Jock’s [83 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park] — everything from the classic hockey pokey or chocolate to more creative, seasonal flavours like quince in autumn or plum pudding for Christmas.
Melbourne’s home of artisan bread, Phillippa’s [608 Hampton Street, Brighton] in Brighton is one of the best bakeries in Melbourne. It’s that special place where you can take your beautiful nanna for lunch and choose from an extensive range of artisan bread, savoury tarts and pies, delightful desserts and pastries. Make the most of your time at Philippa’s by taking home a collection of smallgoods from the fridge.
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For over 40 years, the Glick’s family name has been synonymous with freshly baked bagels across Melbourne. Glick’s [456 Centre Road, Bentleigh] also provides other freshly baked goods, including challahs, artisan bread and pastries. Family tradition runs strong at Glick’s and we can assure you that you can’t go wrong by picking out and trying one of their famous bagels.
Love a scrumptious scroll? The Baker Boys [P14, The Pantry, Dandenong Market, Clow Street and Cleeland Street, Dandenong] are specialists in all kinds of delicious sweet baked treats, including the classic cinnamon scroll. They also oven-bake yummy pizza bread, sourdough, pies and pastries so you can grab some lunch before your sugar hit. Find the boys baking up the goods in The Pantry section at the Dandenong Market.
Reminisce on your childhood summer memories at Cool Delights on Bay [25 Bay Road, Sandringham]. An iconic Australian beachside ice cream parlour specialising in creating home-made ice cream, it features all your classic favourite flavours (and even a few new delicious flavour combos like elderberry sorbet). Gluten or dairy free? Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun because Cool Delights on Bay offer gluten free cones, as well as vegan friendly ice cream.
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Whether you are on the go or have the rest of the afternoon to spare to unwind and catch up with a friend, head down to Wild Holly Cakes [389 Bay Street, Brighton] and indulge in a cake, slice, scroll or a tartlet. You’ll also find a wonderful range of take away meals, whether it be for a quick dinner at home after work or for the next time you are entertaining.
Earlier this year, Regnier Cakes [162 Weatherall Road, Cheltenham] opened its doors in Cheltenham. With a background in event catering, this little coffee shop specialises in creating delightful dessert buffets for weddings and special occasions alike. With all cakes and desserts created in house using delicious house made fillings and decorations, these cakes will remind you of the old-fashioned favourites that your nanna used to make.
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Wanting to spoil a loved one? Looking for the perfect present to impress? Cacao [2 Kembla Street, Cheltenham] is the answer to all your prayers. Each delicate chocolate, cake and pastry is handmade by master chocolatiers and pastry chef extraordinaires. The chocolates and macarons make the perfect gift, with beautiful bespoke packaging. You never know, you might end up just treating yourself!
Nothing beats strolling around a market, on the hunt for fresh produce, with a hot jam donut in hand. Head down to the southern food court at Dandenong Market, and find Dandee Donuts [Corner of Clow Street and Cleeland Street, Dandenong]. Traditional hot jam donuts, made fresh every day and cooked right there in the market — you won’t be able to walk past without smelling the sweetness in the air.
Family tradition runs strong at Aviv Cakes and Bagels [412 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick]. Baking daily, the Portmann family runs this cake shop with passion and pride. Producing speciality cakes, pastries and savoury delights that have been created from recipes that have been passed down over generations.