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Sydney is known for a lot of things. It’s sparkling harbour, the sails of the Opera House and heck even its abundance of great cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. But you already know that. So, we’re here to prove why Sydney is Australia’s dessert capital with these 19 sweet treats you need to try.
This first sweet spot needs no introduction, but we’ll give you one anyway. As one of Sydney’s most iconic neighbourhood bakeries, Bourke Street is the home delicious pies, bread, tarts, croissants, pastries and more. But our pick of the bunch? Don’t miss the flourless chocolate cake ($5 for a slice for $55 for a large cake). Find out more here.
Earning itself the title of the ‘World’s Most Instagrammed Cake’, Black Star Pastry’s tiered Strawberry and Watermelon Cake is a Sydney icon. Since launching the bakery in 2008, there have been over 1 million slices served every year. Find out where to grab yours here.
Sweet Belem is a family-run pastry shop specialising in both traditional and modern Portuguese tarts. You’ll find this boutique bakery in the heart of Petersham, stocked full of delicious tarts and pastries crafted using free-range eggs. Find out more here.
It might not be on Quay’s menu anymore, but this sweet treat deserves a mention. The Snow Egg was first added to the fine diner’s menu in 2008 by Peter Gilmore, with the dish rising to fame following its appearance on the 2010 finale of MasterChef. But for true Sydneysiders, you’ll remember its meringue and granita goodness. Find out more about Quay here.
We’ve all done this one before: ordered a box of fries and a soft serve and enjoyed the sweet-meets-salty treat that is combining the two. But at Devon Cafe, you can order it all in one. The ‘DD Special’ delivers oh-so-crunchy chips with the creamy soft-serve ice cream to create a decadent dessert. Find out more here.
Served in one of Australia’s most iconic buildings, we couldn’t go past including Bennelong’s picturesque pavlova. Replicating the sails of the Opera House, this stunning dessert looks almost too good to eat. Find out more here.
Bringing a taste of Japan to the shores of Sydney, this iconic sweet treat is worth queuing for. Aqua S delivers delicious, Instagrammable soft serves, including their iconic aqua blue sea salt soft serve. Find out more here.
This inner west favourite has been serving up some of Australia’s most iconic desserts: freshly baked cronut. Combining the flaky goodness of croissants with oh-so-sweet doughnuts, get your hands on this decadent sweet treat from the Newtown cafe Brewtown. Find out more here.
Paddington’s Saint Peter knows how to serve delicious Australian fish. But what you might not know is they’re also renowned for their sweet treats, including their lemon tart. If you can nab one fresh from the oven, you’re in for a real treat of sweet, citrus-infused goodness. Find out more here.
Bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Sydney, Pasticceria Papa is an Australian gem. Using fine Italian ingredients, their ricotta cannoli is one of the country’s best. With three locations across Sydney, find your nearest one here.
Stuffed with passionfruit curd, coconut chew, vanilla Chantilly and topped with seasonal fruit, this Enmore bakery knows how to make the perfect Pav. The best bit? These are individually portioned so you’ll never need to share. Find out more about Saga here.
If you find yourself in Bronte on a weekend morning, you’ll know why Iggy’s is on this list. This bakery attracts huge crowds, all hoping to score a flaky butter croissant or delicious baked good. In our humble opinion, these are some of the best. Find out more here.
As one of Sydney’s leading dessert-focused restaurants, KOI Dessert Bar has made a name for itself as one of the best spots to grab a sweet treat. And when it comes to celebrating a big occasion, you can’t go past their green tea ganache celebration cake (or really anything from their delicious menu). Find out more here.
There’s nothing like a delicious scoop of gelato, and Enmore’s Cow & the Moon makes some of Sydney’s best. We adore their creamy banana salted caramel gelato, as well as any of their 26 rotating flavours. Find out more here.
No matter the occasion, Flour and Stone’s delectable lamingtons will do the trick. This Woolloomooloo bakery makes some of Sydney’s best-baked goods, including this delicious treat made with a vanilla sponge soaked in pannacotta, berry compote centre, dark chocolate and flaked coconut. Find out more here.
If we could eat only one thing for brekkie every day, it would be this: a flaky, almond croissant from Penny Fours bakery. This Leichhardt institution supplies some of our city’s top cafes and is one of the best spots to grab flaky pastries. Find out more here.
Specialising in sweet and savoury hand-held crepes, artisanal gelato and delicious shakes, Drummoyne’s Love Crepe is a must-see sweet spot. Make sure to try their ‘Elle’ sweet crepe, loaded with Nutella, strawberry creme, fresh strawberries and crushed Oreos. Find out more here.
Now, this might sound simple but trust us. You’ll want to grab a slice of Sixpenny’s incredible carrot cake, refined yet oh-so-delicious. Find out more here.
Since 2011, the team from Kurtosh have been serving up delicious coffee and cakes by weight (meaning you can order as much or as little as you like). Don’t miss their freshly baked Kurtosh (a Hungarian pastry famously known as a chimney cake), perfect alongside a hot pot of tea. Find out more here.