The Rozelle/Balmain peninsula has become a trendy and popular hub for indulgence and those occasional treats without too much guilt. If having an occasional sugar rush over the weekend (if at any time, it doesn't have to be on any given weekend) is something that resonates with you; then you will be in for a treat shortly - sorry, bad pun.
On the top of the list, a visit to Darling Street (if you are a local, interstate or international visitor to the area) and even if your are a local heading out for the sugar rush treats, this visit would not be complete without a pit stop to Adriano Zumbo Patissier (otherwise known as Zumbos) at 296 Darling Street. Be prepared to be patient (depending on your timing, earlier is best) as the queues can get as long as to the end of nearby Satasia - especially when Zumbo has appeared on yet another episode of MasterChef. He is popular for the sugar rush, and within good reason. His macaroons and other delicate cakes (he keeps on coming up with new, quirky inventions all the time) ensure that you bring a couple of boxes home. A little pricey at times, so watch your credit card.
If chocolate is more of your thing, and perhaps you want to give Lindt a bit of a break, then why not head to Belle Fleur at 658 Darling Street Rozelle for quality pralines that will also give Guylian a run for their money.
For sweet treats (for macaroons other than Zumbo's) and for those fruit and strawberry tarts, and for quality French pastries (danishes and snails, yummo) with fantastic service, then Cest Bon at 644 Darling Street would be more your forte, especially if your not in the mood to queue up for service.
For a simple sponge cake, you cannot beat Darling Pies and Cakes at 283 Darling Street. Simple layout, like a bakery however great for those simple cakes if your going to someone's place for tea and you don't want to come empty handed. This establishment comes to the rescue, especially if Zumbo's is too fancy for you.
Or if your still a fan of the cupcake frenzy, then The Cupcake Factory at shop 3, 308 Darling Street will be more of your thing. So cute and delicate and the service is just divine. Much better and less impersonal than those cupcake outlets in the city.
If you want a quality cake to take a break and a breather from all of this shopping, then Cafe Berlin at 249 Darling Street should be your next destination. Who said that the inner west isn't the home of sweet treats? Definitely not me.