So it seems that, like me, you can’t resist a bite (or plate) of dark, oozy, rich sweetness. So I’m glad you came here, because over the last two years I’ve covered a lot of ground in search of some of the best desserts in Sydney. Here are my top favourites.
The Choc Pot
If you’re looking for a warm chocolatey oozy dessert, then look no further than The Choc Pot. I find myself coming back to this place over and over again, simply because of their signature Chocolate Lava cake, made with fresh ingredients on demand with an optional extra scoop of ice cream and fresh strawberries. Not into that? Don’t worry, as they also have a range of fondants, crepes, waffles and so much more.
- Chocpot ($$) - Regent Place, 501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Uncle Tetsu’s famous Japanese cheesecakes have reigned supreme for many years world-wide, and in 2016 hit the streets of Sydney with a bang. The original fresh, rich, gooey, cheesy, biscuity cheese tart is a huge personal favourite, and whatsmore, they have added to their collection of flavours over the last couple of years with chocolate, taro and Matcha.
In their growing popularity (and need to remain competitive), they have expanded to sell crepes. Personally I’m not a big fan, but the queues for these tell me I’m quite possibly an exception! One downside though is that more recently their cheese tart range have been served on the cold side, taking away from that warm gooeyness I used to enjoy consistently.
- Uncle Tetsu ($) - 501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart (9K/5B-644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia) is a recent and popular alternative, and another high flier in the realms of Japanese cheese desserts.
Black Star Pastry
The home and birthplace of the internationally famous light, fresh and creamy strawberry watermelon cake. Founded in 2008, Black Star Pastry rose to fame in 2013 and has not stopped since. The famous dessert is built with stacked layers of dacquoise, fresh watermelon slices and rose scented cream and leaves you wanting more. I’ve bought a couple of these cakes in the past as celebration treats, but also sat in the cafe with a cheeky slice once or twice without second thoughts - it’s a must try! I would recommend buying the cake to take away over sitting in the cafe though (huge lines for a seat!).
- Black Star Pastry ($$) - 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Oh!Matcha by Chanoma Cafe
Matcha fans, turn up your ears. Oh!Matcha by Chanoma Cafe is a modern Japanese tea room that serves a range of fast food and desserts. But, amongst the savoury delights is a huge selection of delectable creamy cold desserts and drinks that are worth the wait.
We’re talking matcha parfait, matcha ice creams (seasonally decorated with gold and silver leaf), sakura flavour ice cream, black sesame ice cream, matcha smoothies, coconut matcha tea, matcha montblanc, matcha cakes, matcha swiss roll, hokkaido milk parfait, red bean… the list goes on. What I love about this place is that the menu is hugely seasonal and there’s always something new and interesting to try (even if you’re not a total matcha fan).
- Oh!Match by Chanoma Cafe ($) - 11/501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Koi Dessert Bar
If you’re feeling the need for a decadent treat, and don’t mind paying a pretty penny, then fire up your tastebuds at Koi Dessert Bar. As much as their desserts are delicious, they are also downright visually stunning.
- Koi Dessert Bar ($$) - 46 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
One of my favourite go-to places on a hot summer's day. What’s wonderfully unique about Gelato Messina is that each of their flavours has a special twist and change quite often so you can get a sense of variety. Also, for what it’s worth, Gelato is also healthier than traditional ice cream because it contains more milk than eggs and cream. Perhaps off-set though with the plethora of candy combined in the serve.
What you’ll also find is that Messina is a bit mainstream, meaning it’s likely you’ll have to fight with the crowds to get an ice cream (pushing is common) and the prices are somewhat inflated. Nonetheless, it makes the list because it’s down right delicious.
- Gelato Messina ($) - 1 Macquarie Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Now I know this isn’t a common choice for dessert connoisseurs, but Chat Thai (famous for its Thai savoury foods) is a little gem when it comes to great sweets. If you’re a fan of soft chewy taro balls served in warm coconut milk, sweet rices or pandan jelly then I would recommend you give this place a go.
- Chat Thai ($) - 20 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australiaa