Sweet Spots: Where to Find the Best Dessert Bars in Adelaide
If you're a fan of all things sugary and decadent, you’ll love a sweet treat from the best dessert bars in Adelaide.
Whether you're a devoted sweet tooth or an occasional indulger, Adelaide's dessert scene promises to satisfy your sugar cravings. As hard as you may try, dessert is a delicacy that is hard to resist, and when gooey chocolate cakes or flakey, sugary pastries are served up in front of your eyes, it is tasty temptation at its finest. If you're ready to spoil yourself and indulge in a rather fancy coffee and cake combo, you're in the right place.
So, round up the chocoholics, adventurous orderers and lifelong sweets enthusiasts in your life to embrace the sugar-high, savor every bite, and join us as we make our way through the best dessert bars in Adelaide.
Sugar obsessed Adelaideans eagerly awaited the opening of Zacary Patisserie - an extension of Zacary Desserts - and the wait is finally over! The newest addition to the Adelaide Arcade is home to Greek-inspired treats including glazed cakes and customised desserts created by talented Patisserie Chef Zak, a former contestant on ‘Zumbo’s Just Desserts’, where he experimented and gained confidence with his glazing techniques that have become his signature treat. Pull on the stretchy pants and prepare to indulge in shortbread biscuits, decadent cakes, cheesecakes and pastries – but don’t forget to snap a pic of the sugary masterpiece first!
Shop 19, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide
On the outskirts of the city, Mirra is the dessert bar that transforms weekends into delightful high tea experiences. This charming and cosy cafe boasts pastel and purple interiors, setting the stage for an afternoon of sweet indulgence with the girls. The high tea is what it’s all about, featuring delectable treats like scones, caramel chocolate fondant, and raspberry creme brulee. Complementing this sugary symphony is an array of loose-leaf teas and vibrant mocktails, adding a refreshing twist to your teatime. Whether it's a special occasion or a spontaneous gathering, Mirra promises a whimsical and delectable afternoon of sweet sensations.
40 East Terrace, Adelaide
Just Bliss Chocolates
Find this chocolatier in Adelaide's Rundle Mall, and browse their exquisite offerings including gourmet chocolate truffles, personalised chocolates, and chocolate gifts. Using hand-painted cocoa butter and decorative chocolate transfers, Just Bliss Chocolates craft artisanal truffles that are a treat for the eyes and taste buds. To complete the experience, they serve specialty coffee and house-made savory and dessert crepes alongside their artisanal chocolate delights, yum!
5/38 Gawler Place, Adelaide
Shirni / Sweets by Parwana Dessert House
Bursting with bright colours and bold flavours, the traditional Afghan desserts from Shirni / Sweets by Parwana make the perfect gift – for yourself or a loved one. Find them at their home at Plant 3 Bowden and marvel over the edible art. Think towering ornate cakes, Afghan cream rolls, and indulgent Gulab jamun – a traditional spiced milk dumpling in a rose, cardamom and cinnamon syrup. Shirni also makes incredible and customised sweets to order, so be sure to keep this in mind if you have a special event coming up!
Plant 3 Bowden 6, 14 Fourth Street, Bowden
Experience sheer elegance at the upmarket dessert bar Astonish Patisserie, located in the heart of Adelaide on King William Street. Astonish by name, astonishing by nature, they're passionate about creating delicate and innovative cakes, macarons and desserts (they do savoury too!) to be enjoyed in their stylish surroundings. The loaded waffles – think Ferrero Rocher, strawberry and Nutella and Golden Gaytime – are a guaranteed delight.
393 King William Street, Adelaide
Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate
If chocolate is your thing, then you’re going to love Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate. The family-owned, South Australian business just so happens to be Australia’s most awarded artisan chocolatier!
Visit one of their cafes across Adelaide and savour the flavours of their range of chocolates, or stick around for their deliciously decadent high tea of traditional scones, sandwiches and layers of sweet desserts to finish.
Locations in Blackwood, Cross Road and McLaren Vale
St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Desserts
Do you have a taste for the finer things in life? Head to St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Desserts for a scoop of heaven. Their reputation for creating the most decadent and indulgent European desserts and gelato is clear to see. Expect new chocolates, a peanut butter and caramel gelato bar, and ‘super sundaes’, which are piled high with baked treats, fresh gelato and lashings of chocolatey sauce.
Locations in North Adelaide, Adelaide, Semaphore, Glenelg, Mawson Lakes, Tea Tree Plaza, Norwood and Modbury
Live A Little Gelato
Live A Little Gelato specialise in gelato and artisan bakery items, hand-made in the Adelaide Hills by owner, Liv. Head to Plant 4 Bowden on Wednesday and Friday evenings and treat yourself to the many delicious flavours of gelato, or choose from the range of baked delights. There's Portuguese tarts, various sweet pies and thick cinnamon scrolls loaded with a cream cheese topping. There are even treats perfect for those with intolerances, with vegan gelato and gluten free waffles available.
Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third Street, Bowden
This much-loved chocolatier produces some of the best chocolate in the country. Koko Black’s philosophy is to combine the romance, mystery and ‘wow factor’ of chocolate for a sensory experience from start to finish. Koko Black's Australian Classics Collection brings together quintessential Australiana and beautifully crafted chocolate. Stoking feelings of nostalgia, you can treat yourself to Koko Black's reimagined Gaytime, honey joys, lamington, crackles, iced vovo and jam wagons. Delicious!
Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide
S Candy Bar
S Candy Bar prides itself on having Adelaide’s most Instagrammable desserts, and with picture-perfect plating of their already immaculate creations, it’s easy to see why! Cheesecakes, crème brûlée, macarons, milkshakes… The menu at this Central Market dessert bar is mouth-watering. What’s more, they taste as delightful as they look, with a mix of the classics and innovative flavour combinations – think matcha basque cheesecake, decadent chocolate macarons and a worldly Biscoff affogato that just hits different.
127a Gouger Street, Adelaide
Muratti Cakes & Gateaux
Feel like a slice (or two) of France? Head to Muratti, where the delectable assortment of cakes, tarts and croquembouches attract sugar addicts from all over Adelaide. Muratti’s opulent creations glisten invitingly from shiny glass displays. Think rows upon rows of vibrant-hued petit gateaux in delicate flavours like berry apple and chocolate griottione cherry.
With cakes that are almost too pretty to eat, Muratti showcases the best of European confectionary via fine layers of dacquoise, praline, mousse, sable breton and compote, artfully garnished with everything from chocolate shards to whole macarons.
114B Prospect Road, Prospect
Shibui Dessert Bar
This dessert bar nestled nicely among the hustle and bustle of Grote Street is famous for serving up some of the most innovative and intriguing desserts in Adelaide. Their ever-evolving menu features sweets such as white chocolate redskin mousse, fluffy meringue bombe alaska and their famous macaron ice cream sandwiches. This really is any sweet tooth's heaven.
2/160 Grote Street, Adelaide
Take a step through Love, Stephy's front door and enter a dessert wonderland that will have you feeling as though you're inside a ball of fairy floss. This fairytale dessert bar is fitted out head-to-toe with pink everything, from paper roses swarming the roof, to pink wallpaper and pink marble flooring fitting with the theme. Their extensive macaron flavours will have you intrigued and their petit gateaux always hit the spot.
62-68 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Eggless Dessert Cafe
Funnily enough, everything dished up at the Eggless Dessert Cafe is – you guessed it - eggless. This vegan-friendly, homemade cafe sources local ingredients from around Adelaide to pull together some of the finest desserts brought to life. Their menu includes cakes, sundaes, tarts, custards and doughnuts and we can assure you that you really don't need eggs to create mouth-watering sweets. Can't decide on what to order? Choose their tasting plate and sample your way through mini versions of all their delicious treats.
162 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
For the fine dining sweet tooths, Steven ter Horst Chocolatier is certainly one to fantasise about. The smell of beautifully handcrafted artisan chocolates and petit gateau fills the room, with many items on the menu hand-crafted by Mr Horst himself.
Their chocolate cloud, featuring delicate chocolate mousse with vanilla cream centre and flourless sponge base or lemon cheesecake with blood orange compote centre, whipped cinnamon ganache on a coconut shortbread base is certainly what we're craving right now.
4/185 King William Road, Hyde Park
These bite sized, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, sweet honey balls are the sensational Greek treat you didn't know you needed. Thankfully, Lukoumades is here to show you what you've been missing! Choose the original Lukoumades for a Greek donut drizzled in honey and cinnamon, or treat yourself to a Kinder Surprise or Oreo crumble topped lukoumades for the real sugar addict.
Shop 2/173 King William Road, Hyde Park
This boutique chocolatier nestled away in beautiful Stirling creates intricately crafted desserts. Take your pick of everything from chocolate blocks to Grenache and truffle all intertwined with intriguing ingredients such as mulberry, local shiraz and even chilli. If you don't have time to get your chocolate fix during the day, each Friday night this quaint venue is transformed into a moody, candle-lit locale, perfect for those sweet and intimate date nights.
3/41 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Chocolatree is a destination where fellow chocoholics come together to enjoy the beautiful dishes chocolate can create. For those that struggle with the syndrome of having eyes bigger than their stomach, this is where we suggest you loosen your belt buckle and truly indulge. The only question we pose: Would you prefer the crème brulee with caramelised sugar and fresh strawberries, or the sago pearls cooked in coconut cream, lychee, mango coulis & coconut sorbet?
25 O'Connell Street, Adelaide
Because truly nothing beats a good gelato at the end of a big day or weekend. When there are a whole 48 Flavours of award-winning gelato to choose from you really can't go wrong, and are guaranteed to find a flavour you love. Five Adelaide locations means it's easy to get your 48 Flavours fix, where you can play it safe with a classic chocolate or go bold with a unique flavour like Caramelised Fig and Honeycomb Panacotta – yum.
Hyde Park, Adelaide, Henley, Trinity Gardens, Paralowie