While Adelaide isn’t renowned for doing anything late night, it does have a pretty good dessert scene – good news for those with a mouth full of sweet teeth. After dinner, when you’re ready to open up your second stomach, check out our recommendations for outrageously sweet and delectable desserts.
1. eggless dessert café – 162 goodwood road, goodwood
Eggless has been changing their menus with the seasons since before it was cool. Every month, their menu switches up to keep the offering fresh and fabulous, with all items egg free (obvi), and vegetarian without gelatine or animal rennet. There’s never a shortage of vegan friendly offerings and always an item or two with a signature Asian twist. Prepare to wait, as the location isn’t huge but there’s a reason the loyal customers stay that way.
2. aviary dessert kitchen – 227 the parade, norwood
Some chocaholics aren’t meant to be caged – so, let completely loose on Aviary’s signature macaron flower pot. Pick your flavour of macaron which will bloom from a decadent Belgian chocolate mud cake with chocolate mousse and choc soil to top it off. If chocolate isn’t your thing, choose from green tea/salted caramel/raspberry ice cream sundaes, dessert platters that are perfect for two and more.
3. 50sixone – 144a king william road, hyde park / 2 gawler street, mount barker
Bringing over the ‘freakshake’ fad all the way from the US, 50sixone has made a killing over the past year since its opening on King William Road, Hyde Park. Now, with a new location in Mount Barker just sprouted, the dessert kings are prepared to dominate with their incredibly extra dessert offerings. There’s no going home without a sugar high from this place, particularly as serving starts from 7am all the way through to 11pm. Dive into red velvet pancakes or banoffee waffles, where the theme is more is more. Don’t overlook their pretty fab brunch menu and juice offerings, although it’s an easy task when the prospect of dessert cocktails (??) are jumping out at you from the menu. Bon-apppesweet, I guess.
4. dessert story – 118 gouger st, adelaide
Western culture has long held an irrational fear of Asian desserts… but fear no more, Dessert Story aims to introduce the best of Hong Kong and Taiwan inspired desserts to Australia. With locations all over the nation and Adelaide’s very own on Gouger Street in Chinatown, pick from delicacies like well-loved mango sago or black glutinous rice. In the summertime, your saviour will be any of the crushed ice series with ice cream to top it off.
5. la madeleine – 246 the parade, norwood
Step in to your very own piece of French heaven with this parisian-chic boulangerie by day and low-lit dessert bar by night. Choose from a selection of crêpes to a range of delicate pastries, accompanied by some damn good coffee. The café also does well dabbling in savoury breakfasts and baked goods, but their pièce de résistance has to be their irresistible pistachio and raspberry croissants. Bon appétit!
6. astonish patisserie – 393 king william st, adelaide
Astonish have made a name for themselves with their innovative creations. Cakes, pastries, baked goods as well as savoury offerings, prepare for flavour combinations that will make you drool. Tim Tam waffles, strawberry cheesecake spring rolls and matcha crème brûlée in an egg shell sound good to you? This place makes it impossible to choose – bring a crew in tow so you can sample it all.
7. max brenner – 227 rundle st, adelaide
Despite being a hit with its locations elsewhere in Australia and around the world, Max Brenner, has finally decided to dip into the Adelaide market. Setting up shop on Rundle Street, you’ll be able to sample their classics like the winter essential hug mug (made to be hugged by both hands and filled with thick, hot chocolate), their famous Belgian waffles and chocolate pizza, topped with melted marshmallows, nuts and bananas.