The best part of winter is the food, and the best part of food is dessert! Sydney’s full of places to sink your teeth into something warm, sweet and utterly delectable, so here’s the cream of the crop. Try one, or try all five – nobody’s going to judge!
Quite possibly Australia’s finest pastry chef/kickboxer (not that that’s a particularly common combination…), Jean Michel Raynaud never ceases to delight with his gloriously indulgent creations. Go check them out at La Renaissance, and make sure you try the gorgeous crème brûlée. It’s baked vanilla custard topped with a caramelised sugar top, and cracking that crispy sugar layer is one of the best feelings in life. Go on, give it a try.
“One of the best patisseries/bakeries in Sydney! It’s a small shop front but the variety sweet treats on offer are huge and delicious! Definitely worth the visit just to buy a few pastries to enjoy either in-store or even to take home.” – kningja
Let’s face it: Adriano Zumbo got his own TV show for a reason. He’s Sydney’s own Willy Wonka, and if you’ve never tried his Zumbarons you’re missing out on a flavour sensation. However, if you’re after something a bit more traditional, his patisserie is the perfect spot to grab a quick treat. There’s plenty on offer, but you can’t look past the indulgent chocolate fondant. Rich, oozy and decadent, it’s just the pick-me-up you need when the weather turns bad.
“Another Zumbo stall with easy access inside QVB, the stall sells to go cakes which is good since i often drop by and buy to go home through Townhall Station. Similar cakes from other stalls but easy access to public transportation.” – Asianfoodninja
Le Monde Cafe is a shining light of the Sydney dessert scene. Found in Surry Hills, this breezy eatery is perhaps best known for its matcha hot cakes with mascarpone cream, fresh fruit, toasted grains, and coconut espresso. They’re the stuff of dreams, and eating them is like a ray of sunshine even on the coldest, rainiest winter day.
“I came here again as I really wanted the matcha hot cakes. This time, we managed to score some and they were delicious – two beautifully fluffy matcha pancakes topped fruits like kiwi fruit, orange, strawberries, blueberries, icing sugar, some toasted oats and accompanied by a chocolatey coffee syrup. This was one of the nicest things we have eaten in a long time.” – Kurt & Sarah C
Love gelato? Adore waffles? Well, guess where you can get them! Yes, that’s right: the Pagoto Gelato & Waffle House. We like a place that does what it says on the tin. Anyway, the range of flavours here is immense, and everything is delicious. You might have a hard time deciding what to pick, so if you want to speed things up, we’d suggest starting with the lemon and icing sugar waffle. Classic.
“This place is so good, soooo many flavours to choose from. The vibe is great and the ice cream is even better. Definitely recommend the baklava flavour. Tastes exactly like a baklava.” – MM21
Whether you’re eating in or taking away, Sweet Belem will ensure that you go home thoroughly satisfied. It’s a specialist Portuguese patisserie, and features an array of desserts so large it’s a wonder they can fit them all in the display case. Again, you may be spoiled for choice – so give the crème caramel a taste. The velvety custard with a soft layer of caramel sitting on top is sure to hit the (sweet) spot.
“Delightful cakes. This place is a treasure.” – Richard Lane