Desserts - they're not just for after dinner anymore. Desserts are so popular they have evolved into a daytime snack. Whether it is a sweet escape from reality or a guilty treat, you decide.
There are many choices for great dessert in Melbourne, from little quirky cafes to the larger dessert franchises conveniently located near home. Here is a list of top 10 places for dessert in Melbourne. Knock yourself out with these delicious desserts and let us know what your top 10 are too.
LuxBite is located on the busy Toorak Road, just minutes away from the CBD. Its location makes it an easy-to-get-to dessert stop.
Although LuxBite is a relatively small dessert house with limited seating, it definitely makes up with its stylish and contemporary interior design. But it really is their eclectic fusion of Asian flavours and traditional desserts that you need to look out for, from traditional flavours to the strange and exotic such as their bamboo oolong tea macarons, watermelon and guava, pandan, kopiko coffee candy and seasonal flavours that always change and surprises you with each visit.
The stand out dessert for me was the Meringue Monster –a green tea sponge with pistachio, watermelon yoghurt and sour strawberry mousse engulfed in a meringue coating. It is also one of their many gluten free desserts and vegetarian options.
Here is the infamous lolly cake that appeared on Masterchef 2013 contestant challenge. The cake is a seven layer cake full of nostalgic flavours starting with banana lolly Joconde, freckles crunch, mandarin Jaffa ganache, muskmallow, another layer of banana lolly Joconde, spearmint leaf buttercream and topped with a Redskins glaze. A taste of childhood flavours with one bite.
The new hype is in Melbourne and it's spreading quickly - liquid nitrogen gelato. It is an interesting experience watching your dessert transform from a liquid to solid gelato. They offer a changing and quirky menu and price ranges from $6 to $8.
Located in Fitzroy, N2 Extreme Gelato is close to the CBD, making it a great stop over after work, uni or dinner if you happen to be in the city. The changing menu and quirky flavours is what keeps me visiting time after time to explore new tastes and revisit old favourites.
For Cara -Rose water & Caramel Gelato $6 and Deconstructed Chocolate Lava $8
N2 Extreme Gelato, 329 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Open 7 days, 1.00pm-11.00pm
Price range: $6-$8
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
Max Brenner's chocolate culture and philosophy is to provide its patrons with a holistic experience. It combines a chocolate bar and a shop allowing you to satisfy all your chocolate needs. Heaven for chocoholics all around town.
Max Brenner is well known for its quality hot chocolates and coffees.
My favourite is definitely the Tutti Frutti Waffles, which contain two waffles, strawberry, banana, ice cream and chocolate sauce. The waffles were made crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside, served with fresh fruit and matched with their best friends - ice-cream and chocolate sauce.
Although franchises may vary slightly, the quality of chocolate shouldn't deviate too far! On the occasion that I visited the shop was busy, however our order arrived promptly and the staff were friendly and inviting.
There is bound to be a Max Brenner near you, for a full list of locations you can visit their website here.
Open 7 days, 9.00am-10.30pm
Price range: $10-$20
If you're looking for something a bit different, you can give Dessert Story a try. They are a successful dessert franchise popping up all around Melbourne with an extensive menu of traditional and new Taiwanese and Hong Kong desserts.
Their menu features more than 100 types of Asian street style desserts ranging from hot and cold sweet soups to ice cold snow desserts. I personally like the snow ice series which is the perfect treat on hot summer days. Be warned that they come in large proportions so get ready to plough through the icy mountain or share with a friend. The price range of the ice series are from $8 to $10. I would recommend the milk snow ice with red bean, pearl and mango pudding $9.90 and the green tea snow ice with red bean and chocolate $9.90.
If you're after warm desserts, the taro series, glutinous rice, mixed pudding and tofu pudding are also popular items on the menu.
If dessert is not for you there is also a selection of fruit smoothies, traditional Hong Kong and Taiwanese style drinks to quench your thirst. For a list of all store locations you can visit their website here.
Dessert Story, Chinatown Melbourne, 195 Little Bourke Street
p: 9650 8887 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open 7 days, Sun-Thurs 11.30am-12.00am, Fri-Sat 11.30am-2.00am
Price range: $5-$10
Lindt is well known for their rich chocolate Lindor, assortment of chocolate bars, seasonal confectionaries and petite fours. If you are a fan of Lindt's chocolate, their cafe is a must visit. Their cafes are decorated with a warm European ambience, making it a relaxing and indulging environment while you indulge in chocolate, cakes, ice-cream and rich cold and hot drinks.
Lindt Chocolat Café Chadstone, Shop B193, Lower Ground Level Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Malvern East
p: 9568 2444
Open 7 days, Mon-Wed 9.00am-5.30pm, Thu-Fri 9.00am-9.00pm, Sat 9.00am-6.00pm, Sun 10.00am-5.00pm
Price range: $5-$15
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
Adriano Zumbo is finally in Melbourne! Now you can enjoy the creations of Zumbo closer to home (no more deliberate trips to Sydney just to taste one of these sweeties). Also located in the busy South Yarra strip, it is a convenient stop for a quick sweet escape.
Zumbo's innovative and delicious flavours never fails to impress. He not only differs from the norm but also reinvents it. The range of petite cakes range from $6 to $12 and are all very intricate in detail and flavours.
Modern, spacious and simply delicious, Passionflower serves up enormous sized desserts with a menu so extensive, it's hard to decide what to have. They are known for fusing different and exotic Asian flavours such as green tea, durian, taro, coconut and lychee rose.
There are many different desserts to choose from including ice-creams, sundaes, drinks, pancakes and crepes. The price ranges from $10-$30, slightly more pricey, however most choose to share a dessert simply because of their enormous servings.
South Melbourne is home a number of cafes that serve all day breakfasts, brunch, cakes and coffee. One of their must try is Chez Dré, located in a quiet alley on the rear of 285-287 Conventry Street. It is a relatively new brunch spot but its popularity is in no doubt increasing.
The petit gâteaux display will immediately captivate you with its dozen of cake varieties and macarons to choose from. The cakes are delicious and price ranges from $8-$10 per cake.
Chez Dré, 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
p: 9690 2688 | e: email@example.com
Open 7 days, 7.30am-4.30pm
Price range: $5-$10
Mövenpick Ice Cream began in the kitchens of fine Swiss restaurants in the 1960. Since then they have swept across the globe and made their way into Australia. Currently there are four boutiques around Melbourne to visit including QV, Melbourne Central, Doncaster Westfield and Box Hill.
A simple and relaxing place to visit for their delicious ice-cream flavours including caramelita, creme brulee, double cream and meringues, espresso croquant, maple walnut, pistachio, strawberry, swiss chocolate, lemon and lime, passion fruit and mango, and many more.
Pancakes and ice-cream, what more is there to say? There are 11 Pancake Parlours across Melbourne so there is bound to be one close to you - not to mention that all stores open until as late as 3am, plus the Doncaster, Malvern East and Highpoint stores that are opened 24 hours.