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The Best Sweet Stuff in Sydney

My final section of my Sydney Eats guide is here and it’s all about sugar! For your reference, here is part 1 The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Sydney and part 2 The Best Lunch and Dinner Spots in Sydney.

As previously noted:

– I have lived in Surry Hills, Redfern and Balmain and work in Chippendale, so most of my selections revolve around these areas. Fortunately, this is where the best food is (in my humble opinion).

– I will update this list as I visit more places, so feel free to bookmark it and come back later.


Eastern Suburbs

Kürtősh – 604 Crown Street, Surry Hills (full of Hungarian “chimney cakes” – get the Nutella one, plus a huge selection of cookies, slices and cakes)

4Fourteen – 414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills (while all their desserts are great, I lose my mind over the white chocolate sandwich)

La Paula – 214 Anzac Parade, Kensington (this bakery is chock-full of amazing South American treats, the alfajores are great but you simply MUST try the tres leches cake)


Bourke St Bakery – 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills (the ginger brulee tart is my favourite, with the lemon curd tart and chocolate croissant tying for second place)


Gelato Messina – Locations in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Bondi and more (there’s a reason why there is a queue snaking out the door of these gelaterias, with flavours like salted caramel and white chocolate and drool-worthy weekly specials, you’ll have to go again and again)


Love Dem Apples – 454 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills (an entire store dedicated to toffee apples?! You heard me. Tooth-aching flavours include Pretzel Caramel, Cherry Ripe, Popcorn and Rocky Road)



Aqua S – 501 George Street, Sydney (you’ve probably seen this image a million times on Instagram, but the good news is it tastes as good as it looks. I think fancy soft serves are the new dessert trend of 2015 – goodbye Froyo!)


N2 Extreme Gelato – 43/1 Dixon St, Sydney (gelato, made with liquid nitrogen! By people in lab coats with test tubes! And it’s not just a gimmick, the gelato is delicious)


Inner West

Black Star – 277 Australia St, Newtown (Black Star is a tiny cafe producing a large amount of delicious sugary things. Try the chocolate eclair and their famous watermelon cake!)


Brewtown 6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown (Grab a cup of coffee and treat yourself to a Cinnamon Brewnut or Nutella Cruffin. Or both, no judgement)


The Pie Tin – 1 Brown St, Newtown (Ahhh these pies are what dreams are made of, huge slices of freshly made Snickers pie, Oreo cookie pie and brown butter pecan pie)


Doughbox Diner – 137 Enmore Road, Enmore (A huge selection of retro treats including crepes, waffles, cinnamon doughnut flavoured milkshake (!!) and giant sundaes)


Adriano Zumbo – 296 Darling Street, Balmain plus other locations (he’s famous for his macarons, but try his amazing white choc and raspberry muffins, a zonut or.. well basically anything in the store. All heavenly)


Hartsyard – 33 Enmore Road, Newtown (no matter how full I am after a meal at Hartsyard, I always have to order the peanut butter and banana sundae. Also give the weekly soft serve special and pie a go. Andy Bowdy is a genius!)


Places still to try:

Pasticceria Papa, Haberfield

Stix Desserts, Surry Hills

Sweetness the Patisserie, Epping

Brewristas, Glebe

Fika Swedish Kitchen, Manly

What’s your favourite dessert spot in Sydney?


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  • Reply Nicole- Champagne and Chips January 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I really love soft serve ice cream so i am terribly pleased about the new trend.
    I cannot believe there is a store devoted to toffee apples but I absolutely love the idea:)

    • Reply Swah February 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      I LOVE soft serves too, I was never much of a fan of froyo so I am pleased it’s gaining popularity! And I have to agree, a toffee apple store is a rather niche idea ;)

  • Reply stephie February 3, 2015 at 10:29 am

    OMG these desserts look amazing. I have yet to try Zumbos crounuts but it is on the list next time I go to Sydney! xoxo Stephie @therawedit

    • Reply Swah February 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Ooo you will love them Stephie, but I highly suggest sharing one as they’re so rich haha

  • Reply Siobhan- Blueberry Vintage February 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Great post!!! Can’t wait to try them all on my next trip to Sydney. Especially that liquid nitrogen gelato! Wow! X

    • Reply Swah February 3, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      It’s the best!! I thought it was a gimmick at first but it’s actually really delicious xx

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