Best Dessert Places in Sydney

No matter how full we are, there’s always a place for dessert somewhere in our stomach. However, given the plethora of dessert spots in Sydney, how can we know which ones are worth a try? Worry not, for I have crafted a list of the top Sydney desserts you must try:

1. Koi Dessert Bar http://www.koidessertbar.com.au/
If you’re a fan of Masterchef contestant Reynold Poernomo, you will be able to taste his desserts in person here. The place serves ready-made desserts as well as fancy degustation menu.

Source: Koi Dessert Bar, Kensington Street Chippendale Facebook page.
Source: Koi Dessert Bar, Kensington Street Chippendale Facebook page.

2. Bourke Street Bakery http://bourkestreetbakery.com.au

With stores in many different locations across Sydney, the place serves a variety of cakes and pastries. If you’re after something savory, Bourke Street Bakery also offers a wide range of pies, quiche, and sandwiches.

Source: Bourke Street Bakery's Facebook page.
Source: Bourke Street Bakery’s Facebook page.

3. Cow and the Moon https://www.facebook.com/Cow-and-the-Moon-GelatoCoffeeDessert-Bar-145041955555930/

Titled world’s best gelato in 2014, Cow and the Moon is not a place to be missed. The long queue in the Enmore store might dissuade you – but believe me, the Mandorla Affogato ice cream makes all the wait worthwhile.

Source: My Mini Auction.
Source: My Mini Auction.

 

4. Kürtosh http://kurtosh.com.au

In this place, visitors can sit down and enjoy a coffee while watching the chef create the famous Hungarian ‘chimney cake’ from scratch. Don’t forget to try out the slab cakes and freshly baked pastries as well!

Kurtosh's famous chimney cakes.
Kurtosh’s famous chimney cakes.

5. Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier http://zumbo.com.au

If you’ve been watering your mouth over the chef’s desserts on TV, now is a good chance to try them out in person! The place is a galore of sweet desserts, serving cakes, tarts, pastries, chocolate and the infamous Zumbarons macarons.

Photo by Delicioux
Source: Delicioux

6. Black Star Pastry http://www.blackstarpastry.com.au/

Black Star Pastry is famous for its sweet yet healthy cakes. Check out their Strawberry Watermelon Cake and Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake, and ask for their vegan and gluten free range too.

Source: The Love Assembly
Source: The Love Assembly

7. Ms. G’s  http://merivale.com.au/msgs

Famous for its Asian Fusion cuisine, Ms. G’s also offers some great desserts. If you’re after something more healthy, order the fruit-infused range such as the ‘Tropical Passion’ (passionfruit custard, tropical fruits, chocolate coconut oil, pandan meringue, coconut sorbet) and ‘Omar’s Mess’ (green tea meringue, whipped yuzu curd, brown butter, jackfruit sorbet). But if you really just want a comfort food, don’t miss out the ‘Stoner’s Delight part 3’, which is a mix of doughnut ice cream, peanut dulce de leche, peanut & pretzel brittle, crispy bacon, mars bar brownie, raspberry curd, potato chips and deep fried Nutella!

8. Bay Vista http://www.bayvista.com.au

The place offers almost all kinds of desserts you could imagine: crepes, pancakes, waffles, cakes, chocolate fondue set, ice cream, milkshakes… you’re in for a treat.

Source: Bay Vista's website.
Source: Bay Vista’s website.

These are my top eight Sydney dessert spots. Have you decided where to go for your post-dinner fix?

A Day Out In Surry Hills: For Beginners

As described by local residents, Surry Hills is ‘a melting pot of cultures’ located in the inner city eastern suburb of Sydney. Picture a second cousin of Newtown fused with a few industrial, commercial and residential areas. It’s also a creative hub where hipsters from all around the city gather to Instagram their visits. From the borders of Elizabeth and Chalmer’s Street to the outskirts of Crown, Surry Hills is a thriving destination for food with its many choices of restaurants and cafés and a fantastic place to go shopping. To kickstart your own visit, I’ve crafted a short list as a guide to help you explore the best of Surry Hills:

1. Firedoor, Mary Street (https://www.firedoor.com.au/): 
If a community of pyromaniacs were to come together and create a restaurant, that restaurant would be the Firedoor. A place dedicated to cooking premium Australian food in the purest form using, you guessed it, fire.

Source: http://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/the-nine-woodfired-dishes-you-must-eat-this-winter-in-sydney-20150521-gh6pic

2. Bishop Sessa, Crown St (http://bishopsessa.com.au/): 
For an affordable pseudo-fine dining experience, Bishop Sessa offers a delightful dinner with a choice of an a la carté menu or the degustation course (six dishes for only $77 pp), a recommended place for a romantic date.

Source: https://enzovivo.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/257510.jpg
Source: https://enzovivo.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/257510.jpg

3. Porteno, Cleveland St (http://www.porteno.com.au/)
Porteno is a popular Argentinian restaurant in the heart of Cleveland St that only produces the finest culinary creations with variations that cater to meat lovers, vegetarians, and seafood lovers.

Source: http://www.porteno.com.au/images/uploads/porteno/galleries/gallery_01.jpg

4. Suzi Q Coffee & Records, Hutchinson St (http://www.suzieqcoffee.com.au/):
For the musos of Sydney, Suzi Q is your sanctuary for tune-age and great food. It’s not only an homage to musical artists and jazz players but also a fine place for a cup of coffee.

Source: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/media/cache/fa/69/fa694e1a859d0f117eb030906b1270eb.jpg

 

5. Bills, Crown St (http://www.bills.com.au/):
Bills is the ideal place to take your friends for a great brunch on a Saturday morning. I would highly recommend trying their infamous Scrambled Eggs or Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter.

Source: http://hollylinfood.weebly.com/#/
Source: http://hollylinfood.weebly.com/#/

6. Bodega Tapas, Commonwealth St (http://www.bodegatapas.com/):
Bodega is Porteno’s trendy little sister –  an experimental latino restaurant that is well known for its top-knotch plating and stylish variations of tapas.

Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/bodega-tapas-restaurant-bar#tab_panel_2
Source: https://www.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/bodega-tapas-restaurant-bar#tab_panel_2


7.
 Blacksmith, Chalmers St (https://www.facebook.com/blacksmithsurryhills/):
Blacksmith is a local watering hole for Surry Hill residents – from the workers to the creatives. A great place for coffee, lunch with friends or even a place for a few beers after work.

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8. Beresford Hotel, Bourke St (http://merivale.com.au/theberesfordhotel): The Beresford Hotel is more than just your average pub on a Saturday night. It’s a gorgeous venue with a courtyard with food served at the front and a whole lot of partying in the back. A great place to bring your friends for a bite to eat, a few drinks and maybe a post-dinner dancing sesh.

Source: http://www.sydneynightlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/venue/profile_image/full/faccc_Bero_prof.jpg
Source: http://www.sydneynightlife.com.au/wp-content/uploads/venue/profile_image/full/faccc_Bero_prof.jpg

9. Mum’s Table, Elizabeth St (http://www.mumstablesh.com/): For a cheeky Vietnamese fix, Mum’s Table on Elizabeth gives you an authentic home-made style lunch filled with an array of Vietnamese staple dishes such as pho and vermicelli. Take your friends there, it’s almost un-PHO-gettable.
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10. Shakespeare Hotel, Devonshire St (http://shakespearehotel.com.au/): To eat or not to eat, that isn’t really a question at the Shakespeare Hotel. It’s a quaint little antique space offering a choice of reasonably-priced daily lunch specials and cheap drinks during happy hours.
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