It’s always a little suspicious when someone says they don’t eat dessert. What are they hiding? Are they even human? You’ve clicked on this blog and you’ve read this far, so we can assume, like us, you’re a dessert lover through and through. And if you’re searching for the best desserts in Melbourne, you’ve come to the right place.
In a city renowned for its coffee, fine dining, pizzerias and burger restaurants, dessert can often feel like a sidekick. We strongly disagree. Melbourne’s top restaurants are constantly proving why we’re often slaves to our sweet tooth, providing a variety of dessert styles to tempt us any day of the week.
Discover the best Melbourne desserts below, from soufflé to ice cream sandwiches, and where to find them in this magnificent city for foodies.
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Vue de monde
Known for: Best soufflé in Melbourne
- Vue de monde is a Modern Australian & Contemporary European restaurant.
- Vue de monde is located at 525 Collins Street, Melbourne City, Victoria 3000.
- Vue de monde is open from 6pm until midnight (Thurs-Sat).
- Vue de monde is a licensed restaurant.
- You can order takeaway from Vue de monde through OpenTable.
- You can book a table at Vue de monde through OpenTable.
Dating back to the early 18th century, soufflé originated in France, a country world-famous for its desserts. Although the modern soufflé typically includes chocolate as a main ingredient, this was not always the case. Vincent de la Chapelle is credited for creating the original omelette soufflé back in the 1700s, which contained both sweet and savoury ingredients.
Since then, this delectable dessert has become known around the world. Audrey Hepburn’s character in Sabrina was critiqued for her “too low; too high; too heavy; sloppy;” soufflé at a Parisian culinary school and many grand restaurants in Melbourne, Paris and New York have now adopted it as their premier dessert.
How do you make a soufflé while avoiding Hepburn’s pitfalls? French restauranteur, Antoine Beauvilliers put it best in his cookbook, L’art du Cuisinier. He states that a soufflé requires good butter, nutmeg and the yolks of four fresh eggs (the whites whipped apart to create the biscuit). The biscuit mix is added little by little to the puree, then poured into a dish and cooked in the oven. The hard part is that once the soufflé has risen, it must be served immediately before it falls.
When a soufflé is cooked perfectly, that first spoonful is heaven on a plate; an airy, sweet and hot concoction that lingers on your tongue. This describes perfectly the experience of eating the chocolate soufflé with espresso ice cream at Vue de monde, one of the best chocolate desserts in Melbourne. It’s been a staple of Vue de monde for over 19 years, so you know you’re in good hands.
Supernormal – City
Known for: Best parfait in Melbourne
- Supernormal – City is a Chinese & Japanese restaurant.
- Supernormal – City is located at 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
- Supernormal – City is open from 12pm until 10.30pm (Mon-Sat)
- Supernormal – City is a licensed restaurant.
- You can order takeaway from Supernormal – City through OpenTable.
- You can book a table at Supernormal – City through OpenTable.
What makes a parfait, well, parfait? Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. It’s different depending on who you ask.
The French will tell you that parfait is a sumptuous dessert made by boiling cream, egg, sugar and syrup into a custard-esque puree, while the Americans prefer to layer their parfaits with various ingredients like yogurt, nuts and liqueurs. In France, parfait can be served with or without a glass, while in the States it almost always comes in a tall glass.
The culinary legends at Supernormal in Melbourne CBD have opted for a more traditional French-style parfait while putting their own creative twist on this historic dessert. Their peanut butter parfait is ecstasy for sweet tooths, topped with a salted caramel syrup, a sprinkling of salty peanuts and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate ice cream.
Rock Sugar Melbourne – South Yarra
Known for: Best dessert cocktail in Melbourne
- Rock Sugar Melbourne is a Thai restaurant.
- Rock Sugar Melbourne is located at 477 Malvern Road, South Yarra, Victoria 3141.
- Rock Sugar Melbourne is open from 5pm until midnight (Wed-Sun).
- Rock Sugar Melbourne is a licensed restaurant.
- You can order takeaway from Rock Sugar Melbourne through OpenTable.
- You can book a table at Rock Sugar Melbourne through OpenTable.
Cocktails have been populating bar and restaurant menus since the early 1800s. The original mixture included spirits, sugar, water and bitters, which is more in line with an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. However, lately we have taken cocktails to another dimension with creative flavours, colourful pairings and even fairy floss (don’t worry, we’re getting to that).
Cocktails have endured the test of Prohibition and are now enjoying arguably their most popular era, particularly in Melbourne’s best bars. Dessert cocktails have become the after-dinner, pre-dinner and, come to think of it, anytime-of-day drink of choice for the masses.
Some restaurants in Melbourne have adopted their own unique take on dessert cocktails. Rock Sugar Melbourne has one of the most Instagrammable menus, which is spearheaded by its very popular Fairy Floss Martini. This sugary and alcoholic concoction has made Rock Sugar one of the best dessert places in Melbourne, period.
It starts with a martini glass overflowing with fluffy pink fairy floss. Diners then pour peach or citrus liqueur over the fairy floss, dissolving it into a flamboyant pink drink.
Want to learn more about Rock Sugar Melbourne? Check out its mention as one of the 5 Best Restaurants in South Yarra.
Known for: Best ice cream in Melbourne
- Mamasita is a Mexican restaurant.
- Mamasita is located at 11 Collins Street, Melbourne City, Victoria 3000.
- Mamasita is open from 5pm until 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 12.30pm until 11pm (Fri & Sat) and 12.30pm until 10pm (Sun).
- Mamasita is a licensed restaurant.
- You can book a table at Mamasita through OpenTable.
The oldest dessert on this list, it’s little surprise that ice cream has one of the most diverse origins, from rose water and vermicelli-sized noodles in Iran to snow mixed with honey and fruit in Ancient Greece. However, the most similar version of ice cream as we know it today dates back to around 200 BC, when frozen milk and rice was combined to make a cold treat in China.
Due to its frozen nature, ice cream was quite the luxury before modern refrigeration. According to official records, George Washington, the first president of the United States, spent about $200 on ice cream in the summer of 1790. That equates to a touch over $5,500 today.
Fortunately, ice cream is a lot easier to come by these days, and more affordable. For many in Australia, ice cream conjures memories of family beach trips, deliciously sticky ice cream cones on hot summer days and entire tubs of Neapolitan enjoyed in front of the cricket on TV.
It’s time to make a new beloved ice cream memory at Mamasita. This coveted Mexican restaurant in Melbourne serves a tantalising sweetcorn ice cream cone topped with caramel popcorn. It’s pure dessert bliss for anyone partial to sweet flavours and that satisfying combination of soft and crunchy textures.
Is it one of the best desserts in Melbourne? Let’s just say that had it been around during Washington’s day, we think he would’ve cracked $10,000 on ice cream that summer.
Known for: Best ice cream sandwich in Melbourne
- Eazy Peazy is a Japanese restaurant.
- Eazy Peazy is located at 108 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121.
- Eazy Peazy is open from 12pm until 3pm and from 5.30pm until 10pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday).
- Eazy Peazy is a licensed restaurant.
- You can book a table at Eazy Peazy through OpenTable.
Nobody knows exactly who started selling ice cream sandwiches first. Who was this dessert Mozart and where did this brilliant idea come from? We may never know. What we do know is that ice cream sandwiches originated in New York City in 1899, when pushcart peddlers sold blocks of ice cream between two graham wafers.
“That’s not an ice cream sandwich!” we hear you exclaim. But that’s exactly what it was until a humble vendor in San Francisco changed ice cream sandwiches forever in 1928. According to the Food Network, this vendor decided to stick ice cream between two oatmeal cookies and dip the entire thing in chocolate. Umm, yes please.
Ice cream sandwiches have evolved, ranging from packaged treats sold in convenience stores to gourmet desserts perfectly plated in fine-dining restaurants. The latter is a big reason Eazy Peazy is considered one of the best dessert places in Melbourne.
Their Matcha Pafu Ice-Cream Sandwich is one of the best Asian desserts in Melbourne. It’s a light and sweet dessert with fresh matcha ice cream between two airy puff pastries – the perfect Japanese take on New York’s “Symphony No. 40”.
Want to learn more about Eazy Peazy? Check out its mention as one of the 5 Best Restaurants in Richmond.
Find the best dessert in Melbourne with OpenTable
Can’t decide which restaurant has the best dessert in Melbourne? Fortunately, at OpenTable we offer reviews, photos and foodie-focused information to help you find the right restaurant and sweet treat every time.
Browse OpenTable to find the perfect dessert in Melbourne for you. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re seeking a gourmet soufflé, a sweet and boozy dessert cocktail or something in between.