Brisbane's gourmet dessert outlets are the perfect fix for anyone (like me) who believes that you don't need to eat dinner to enjoy dessert. From the sweet to the tart, you'll find a wide selection of treats at these eateries.
16th on Park (16 Park Road, Milton) is a little bit fancy and a lot more expensive than the other venues on this list, with the average price of desserts resting at about $15.00. But, if you're a true dessert connoisseur, you will find the innovative range worth the price tag. Selections like Violet Crumble cheesecake and Tim Tam or Cherry Ripe gourmet hot chocolate make this dessert cafe very popular. They also serve savoury breakfast, lunch, dinner and tapas.
Sugar'N'Spice Cafe (210 Adelaide Street) is the perfect spot to grab a quick and naughty treat. The inner city cafe offers a huge selection of homemade desserts at ridiculously low prices (from about $3.00). Customers are spoiled for choice here (the white chocolate cake with white ganash icing is a must-try). The interior is warm and cosy but small, making it hard to get a table.
Victorians and New South Welshmen have already been enjoying chocolatey goodness at Max Brenner and now it's our turn. The Max Brenner menu includes the usual hot chocolates, shakes and choctails, light 'meals' like waffles, crepes and the famous choc-banana pizza, fondues, truffles, cakes and cookies. Hit the Chocolate Shop to bring Max Brenner home with you. Max Brenner has one store in South Bank and three at the Gold Coast.
Il Villaggio (Blamey Street, Kelvin Grove) is an Italian bakery located in Kelvin Groves Village Centre. This venue offers a range of authentic treats like ricotta crostata and Australian delights like caramel slice, but the real drawcard here is the cannoli – flaky tubes of pastry filled with fresh cream and chocolate.
If you're going to splurge, you need to do it right. Don't settle for a packet of biscuits or a block of chocolate when you could be enjoying a fresh gourmet treat from one of Brisbane's premier dessert boutiques.