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Melbourne’s dessert obsessions

26 Feb 2017

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Do you love dessert so much you gorge through your main to get it? If sweet treats like choc pavlova bites, doughnuts and sorbet are calling your name, then you simply must head to these Melbourne hotspots. Renowned for their sumptuous and decadent dishes, these venues are sure to be home to your new favourite post-dinner treat. Explore the laneways, get amongst the cafés—you’ll find indulgence in the most unlikely of places!

Pidapipo Gelateria – Carlton
Nothing is quite as refreshing as an ice-cold gelato bursting with flavour. At Pidapipo Gelateria in Carlton, you’ll find plenty of flavours to tempt your tastebuds. This ice-cream shop is best known for their salted caramel and zabaglione flavour, as well as other staples that are jam-packed with gooey fudge, coconut, chunky cookies and much more. The flavours here change often, so you’ll just have to keep coming back for more!
Open: 7 days

Chez Dre – South Melbourne
Imagine fluffy, light pastry filled with a sugary custard centre, where every bite is a delight. You’ll find it at Chez Dre located in Coventry Street, South Melbourne. This French café boasts amazing tasty treats that have taken Melbourne by storm. Here you will want to try the éclairs, expansive range of cakes, baked eggs, chocolate tarts and macarons, just to name a few!
Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Hopetoun Tea Rooms – Melbourne CBD
Enjoy your dessert served with a side of nostalgia by stepping into the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in Melbourne’s CBD. Established in 1891, this tea room serves up delicious sugary treats as well as a history lesson—combining old-world charm with modern sweet dishes that will see you visiting again and again. Sample fine foods such as their Portuguese tart, black forest cake, apple and raspberry crumble, as well as the chocolate and strawberry Swiss rolls. It’s too good to pass up!
Monday to Saturday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Queen Victoria Market – Melbourne CBD
The greatest thing about Queen Victoria Market is the sheer amount of variety available here. You never really know what you’re going to find, but if you’re lucky enough to come across macarons, waffles, Spanish doughnuts or doughnut balls—don’t hesitate to gobble them right up! Addictive and not overly expensive, you’ll be loving these markets even more once you’ve sampled these indulgent dishes.
Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00am to 2:00pm
Friday, 6:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, 6:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio – South Yarra
If it’s boutique desserts you’re looking for, then this venue should be your first port of call. With free samples available as you walk in, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio really know how to subtly (or not so subtly) craft your future sweet addiction. Each dessert is so beautiful you will have a hard time eating it… if only for a second. Blending unique flavour combinations, you’ll be able to try ingenious concoctions such as white chocolate green tea mousse cake, or their chocolate, mandarin and salted caramel cake – divine!
Open: 7 days, from 10:00am to 6:30pm

Widely known as the foodie destination of Australia, Melbourne doesn’t disappoint when it comes to dessert.