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Where to Find the Best Desserts in Adelaide

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published February 28th 2012
From dessert bars to chocolate cafes, Adelaide is full of dessert options that can help make your night complete. You may find yourself out after dinner at one of Adelaide's restaurants, or it could just be a special treat after a home cooked meal. Take a look at these sweet options, and let us know if there is anywhere that has been left off the list.

Dessert Bars
These are the true 'dessert bars', instead of focussing on ice cream or chocolate, you'll find varied menus of deliciously sweet goodies.
Eggless Dessert Cafe - You'll be amazed at what Eggless manage to achieve without an egg in sight. They have a menu that changes monthly, and plenty of vegan options.
Aviary Dessert Kitchen - This bird themed restaurant puts detail into everything, from the decor to the presentation. Cute desserts that bring a bit of fun to your plate.
Devour Dessert Bar - Devour create desserts that you might not be used to, but come in with an open mind and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Sugarbowl - This is a great spot in the city, especially if you like Asian style desserts. Just up Gouger Street, and open late, it's a popular city haunt.
Royal Copenhagen Dessert Bar - It could be placed in the ice cream category, but they've done such a great job at creating different options and a great atmosphere that they need a mention here. The licensed bar doesn't hurt either.
Patisserie Jin - Patisserie Jin have a beautiful range of petit fours, it doesn't have as much of an atmosphere as some of the other places, but the desserts are worth it.

Pancakes, Waffles, & Sundaes
Before other dessert bars came to town, these were the places that reigned supreme. They hold a classic and nostalgic status in many hearts, and usually have a great atmosphere to boot.
Spatz - This King William Road cafe is an Adelaide institution. There are rumours about the history of the building and vintage decor throughout. The sauces are bright and colourful, and the atmosphere is cosy.
Elephant Walk - If you're involved in a sordid affair, or rekindling a lost love, Elephant Walk is the place to go. Often touted as one of Adelaide's most romantic spots, this dimly lit cafe turns every booth into a private world.
The Pancake Kitchen - It's an oldie, but still a goodie. It may not have the atmosphere of some of the others, but at 5am, when you want a pancake fix, it's the place to go.
La Waffle - These are possibly the best waffles in Adelaide - full of flavour, a light crunch, and a fluffy inside. There is no cafe or bar so to speak, but for now you'll find the portable waffle kitchen set up on Ebenezer Place every Friday night.

For many chocolate would be the ultimate dessert option, so we've decided that the brilliant chocolate cafes deserve a category of their own.
Cocolat - whether you're after chocolate crepes, delicious truffles, or rich and mouthwatering chocolate cakes, Cocolat has you covered. They also have a store in the airport, perfect for one last treat before you head off on holiday.
Chocolate @ No.5 - This charming cafe is found up in Hahndorf, but it's worth the drive. With slogans like "decadence is so misunderstood" you get the feeling these guys know how to make your tastebuds melt.
Bracegirdles - This popular chocolate cafe is famous for their fondant, lollies, fruit, and a melted pot of chocolate. Yum.
Chocolate Bean - These guys also toe the line; chocolate or cupcakes? Their cakes and chocolates are delicious, and they always have some interesting flavours on hand.
Cikolatte - They have a regular savoury menu as well, but how could you resist Josephine? A fig and red wine melange, enrobed in 72% Belgian chocolate.
Chocolate Tree - As well as chocolates, waffles and crepes, Chocolate Tree also do other desserts and amazing chocolate pizzas.
Steven ter Horst - From picture perfect truffles and chocolates, to rich cakes, Steven ter Horst is a chocolate lovers dream.

Cupcakes & Macarons
They've both been a craze of their own, and they also manage to make a great dessert treat. While some great macarons are found through online distributors, you can also find them around town.
BTS Cupcakes - They have cupcakes named after the big names in film and television, and a classy and delightful place to enjoy them.
The American Candy Stand - The pink candy striped walls and black checked floors feel a bit like you've stepped into a cartoon diner. Everything is just a little bit brighter here.
The Mac Factory - It's a hidden little cafe on Hutt Street that has some amazing macaron flavours. These bright and colourful treats shouldn't be missed.
Mulot's Patisserie - Their main downfall is they're not open late, so don't expect to pop in for dessert, but you can always stop in early to buy some for later.

Ice Cream & Gelato
This is one of the easiest desserts around, there are plenty of flavours to choose from, and you can grab it on the go. It's simple, but sometimes it can be the perfect end to a night.
Baskin-Robbins - The company started off with 31 flavours, but now they have over 1000. It's all about trying something different, and choosing a new flavour each time.
Royal Copenhagen Ice Creamery - As well as their dessert bar, Royal Copenhagen have a few dedicated ice creameries. The flavours are great, but you really can't go past the self serve fudge sauce.
Andersen's of Denmark - You can smell the waffle cones cooking a mile off, and they make sure that it's all enjoyable from the first lick to the last bite.
Gelatissimo - Gelato can definitely be a lighter option than regular ice cream, the flavours are fresh and there are some creative options.
Cold Rock Ice Creamery - Cold Rock will smash in all your favourite lollies and chocolates, they take ice cream to a whole new level.
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Why? Take your pick of Adelaide's sweetest offerings
When: Some open during the late, but usually late night pickings
Where: Adelaide CBD and Surrounding Suburbs
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
Brilliant article Tash! A fantastic sweet tooth's guide to Adelaide!
by Sam Giles (score: 0|2) 3248 days ago
Just a tie-in to the best Thai restaurant. Star of Siam has the most delicious fried ice cream and their sticky rice dessert is fabulous. Doesn`t look great on the plate but tastes heavenly.
by walte (score: 1|51) 3109 days ago
I now have the urge to try and make this into my bucketlist... :D
by Rebecca St Clair (score: 1|13) 2175 days ago
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