Winner: Chester Street Cake Shop
It’s no surprise that Chester Street tops this list. Have you seen the cakes these dessert wizards come up with? No place in Brisbane is better for Instagram-worthy cakes and treats. Before you go claiming that they’re all for show, let us assure you that these cakes taste as magical as they look. Get an eyeful of desserts such as the Strawberry Fields cake, Death by Chocolate cake, Oreo-crusted Unicorn Cream pie, tiramisu jars or Iced VoVo cake – we’re positively drooling. If you haven’t had a chance to chow on these choice cakes, get your hands on them at the Newstead HQ or at its South Bank and Brisbane City kiosks.
Runner-up: La Macelleria Gelateria
Real talk – you can’t call yourself a gelati lover if you’ve never sampled the heavenly goodness at Teneriffe’s La Macelleria Gelateria. This artisanal gelati is made without preservatives, colourants and additives, with only the best local ingredients going into the mix. When you sample the likes of raspberry cheesecake, bacio Australiano or cioccolato flavours, do so knowing you are tasting the best around. Oh, and La Macelleria now has a second location in West End. You’re welcome.
As if a dessert cocktail bar wouldn’t get a look in this year. Cowch is more or less a culinary institution in Brisbane, and we would struggle to find a more sophisticated locale for a late-night sugar fix. The creations here are mesmerising, with a varied range of treats perfect for devouring. Tuck in to fudge nut sundaes, humongous hot chocolates, cookie pancake stacks, dessert pies, churros and naked pops – and that’s not even including the section of the menu dedicated entirely to Nutella. Stick a dessert fork in us, we’re done.
Eat Street Northshore
If we are being honest with ourselves, we’d list Eat Street Northshore as the spot to get just about anything our stomach craves. But we’re talking about dessert today, so let’s just focus on the sweet stuff. Eat Street’s dedicated sweet treat retreat KombiAlley is home to a range of dessert-oriented vendors including The Doughnut Bar, while over in the LaneWay you can fine Miss Mallow Confectionary Co. and Dessert Depot, plus MarketSquare is home to Arriba Churroria, Professor Fairy Floss, and The Byron Gelato.
Few names carry more weight in the Brisbane cake scene than Jocelyn’s Provisions. Known for its buttery baked treats, decadent cakes, bouchon chocolates, chewy chocolate and caramel brownies, passionfruit tarts and espresso balls, any sweet craving can be satisfied with what’s behind the counter. Jocelyn’s Provisions is operating off James Street, but you can also find the goodies at Albion Provisions and a we hear there’s a new Jocelyn’s Provisions location coming soon to Gasworks in Newstead.
Nundah’s Ciao Gelato is a newcomer to the dessert scene, but it quickly established itself with a swell of local support thanks to its unique approach to the art of gelati. New flavours are added every week, with the cabinet stocked with a huge range of tantalising flavours and dairy-free sorbets, as well as almond milk gelati and vegan (yes, vegan!) cakes and pops.
Lick! Ice Cream
One of the best things about going to the Ekka every year is snacking on the iconic strawberry ice-cream. Lick! Ice Cream is the outfit responsible for this classic treat, which has been operating out of its own store in Graceville since 2015. The flavours at Lick! Ice Cream are constantly rotating, with specialty flavours including Suttons Spiced Apple Cider in addition to ice-cream sandwiches, banana splits, and doughnut and waffle hybrids called ‘Doffles’. If that doesn’t sound like a dessert-lovers dream, then you might be reading the wrong kind of article.
Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream
The old-school aesthetic of ice-cream parlours came back in a big way with the arrival of Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream. The vibrantly coloured ice-cream dispensary, which boasts locations in Fortitude Valley, South Bank and East Brisbane, is known for its range of eye-catching ice-cream sandwiches, loaded milkshakes, and a range of must-try flavours available by the scoop.
I Heart Brownies
Brownies make great gifts, but sometimes not just any old brownie will do. I Heart Brownies in Bakery Lane and the Wintergarden is renowned for the quality of its product, which comes in a charming heart shape that will make the recipient positively melt. I Heart Brownies stocks flavours including cherry coconut, jaffa, choc mint, salted caramel, maple pecan, peanut butter and dairy free.
Newstead’s nodo donuts removes the naughtiness in indulgence with its range of baked treats made from artisan techniques and gluten-free ingredients. These donuts (spelled as such to communicate the ‘no dough’ aspect) come in a range of flavours, including cacao with sour cherries and rose petals, raspberry coconut with Couverture white chocolate, and breakfast donuts made with banana, maple cream cheese and caramelised pecans.