Original and banana chilled yogurt with crumble and wow sticks
I started going to Wowcow about nine months ago and I'm so hooked that I need a weekly fix. Located in Darlinghurst, the small store serves the creamiest frozen yogurt (or super chilled yogurt as Wowcow calls it) in Sydney. And I know this because I've tried various frozen yogurt outlets in Sydney - Wowcow is by far the best one. There are four flavours on offer at the store, but they change over whenever a flavour runs out. The original flavour is always available, but the other three flavours are replaced, often on a weekly basis.
My absolute favourite is hazelnut (topped with berries), but the original flavour is also great. Other good flavours they feature include Belgian Chocolate, Pistachio, Mixed Berries, Apple Pie, Passionfruit, and Mango. After picking the yogurt, you can then choose from a wide range of toppings. Some of the best ones are crumble, berries, chocolate flakes, and granola.
There are three sizes at Wowcow: kiddy size, small and medium. But beware, the medium size is realistically a large size. The good news is that the yogurt is 98% fat free, so don't scrimp on the toppings (they're very generous with those here). Toppings cost an extra 99 cents each.
The Wowcow menu also has other yummy things on offer. For example, the Mini-Fondmoo (wow sticks, which are Wowcow's healthier take on churros as they are baked instead of fried, dipped in a shot of melted Belgian chocolate), and moothies (Wowcow smoothies).
Other than the great food, the cute little store is also aesthetically pleasing. The decor is contemporary and the colour theme revolves around white and pink. There's an upside down cow hanging from the ceiling. A few little stools and tables are outside of the store if you want to sit down to enjoy your fro-yo. Wowcow was right in naming its franchise - it definitely has a wow-factor.
The store is open everyday until 11pm or midnight. Check the website if you'd like to keep up to date with which flavours are in store. 2. Pappa Roti
I've known about Roti Boy since I was a teenager when I was living in Asia. The next best thing, Pappa Roti, has opened stores in Sydney (Kingsford, Kogarah and Cabramatta). The specialty at these two franchises is a bun topped with coffee cream that melts when baked to create a crunchy layer. When you bite into it you find a buttery and slightly salty centre. Roti Boy was the first one to come up with this heavenly, buttery goodness in 1998. But I found that the Pappa Roti buns ($2.20 each) taste just as good.
Pappa Roti was founded in Malaysia in 2003 and now has many branches all over Asia. I'm pleased that they've come to Australia. I always pop down to Pappa Roti at the Kingsford branch. The store is also a cafe - it has other desserts and ice cream too. Visit the website for more information on Pappa Roti.
Various gelato flavours at Gelatomassi
For some delicious gelato, I recommend Gelatomassi in Newtown. The store has been around since 2003, and it definitely knows what it's doing. The flavours are often changing, so there's always a great variety. My favourites are the passionfruit sorbet and the pistachio gelato.
Another great thing about Gelatomassi is that you can purchase take-home styrofoam boxes of gelato. The only downside is that when you pop it in your freezer, it gets a bit too hard and loses its gelato-like consistency. But the flavour is still there.
Also on the menu are milkshakes and coffee. Gelatomassi sells gelato cakes, which are great for birthdays. There are cakes at the store that you can buy immediately, but for a more personalised touch, you can order one exactly how you would like it.
For a list of the gelato flavours and more information on cakes, visit the Gelatomassi website.
This German bakery is a must if you like crumbly cakes and donuts. I'm half German, so Lüneberger awakens nostalgia in me. But other than the nostalgia, I'm also drawn to this bakery because it has some very good pastries and rolls.
There isn't a set menu when it comes to the pastries. The products they bake can vary on a day-to-day basis. But I always know to choose anything that has crumble (usually with cherry or plum) and anything with poppy seeds. The poppy seed scroll is my ultimate favourite. Of course there's also the raspberry-filled Berliner, which is a classic donut from Berlin.
A tip for those not wanting something sweet: Lüneberger also sells some delicious German bread and filled rolls.
Lüneberger has bakeries all over the city - at Wynyard, QVB, and Central. A shop is also opening up soon at Kings Cross. See the website for further information.