03 Jun 2021

9 of the most delicious desserts at restaurants in Darling Harbour

Eating desserts is one of the best things to do in Sydney - or anywhere for that matter. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the 9 best desserts in Darling Harbour.
9 of the most delicious desserts at restaurants in Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour’s restaurants are the home of decadent desserts in Sydney.

Within a couple  minutes’ walk, you’ll find the best gelato you’ve ever tasted, Hungarian chimney cakes covered in cinnamon sugar, stacks of pancakes piled with glorious toppings and more chocolate than you could ever eat - but you’ll be tempted to try. 

Forget about pub crawls, this is a dessert crawl. Get your stretchy pants on and discover the 9 most delicious desserts in Darling Harbour.

1. Literally anything from Gelato Messina
We have our suspicions that the people behind Gelato Messina are wizards because somehow everything they touch turns into deliciousness. They make everything that goes into their gelato from scratch and even farm several of their raw ingredients, including milk, strawberries and hazlenuts. The result is the creamiest, dreamiest, richest gelato that you’ll ever taste.
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2. Chimney cakes at Kurtosh
The name Kurtosh comes from the Hungarian word ‘Kürtőskalács’, or ‘chimney cake’. These tubular doughy creations have fluffy insides and caramelized, flaky outsides covered with cinnamon sugar, pistachios, chocolate and more. They’re fun to eat, insanely delicious and unlike any dessert you’ve tried before.
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3. Donuts at Shortstop
Shortstop are not messing around when it comes to donuts. They make them fresh on-site every day and spend countless hours researching and experimenting with flavours to perfect every mouthful. Those hours were well worth it because these donuts are mind blowing, with flavours like earl grey and rose, maple walnut and brown butter. Or perhaps you'd like matcha cheesecake and a triple chocolate filled?
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4. Pancakes at Harajuku
Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium doesn’t sound like a place that’d serve the best pancakes in Sydney, but don’t be fooled. This quirky bar and eatery have created a plate of giant Japanese souffle pancakes that have to be tasted to be believed. They’re somehow light, fluffy and decadent at the same time, featuring a choice of three delicious toppings - cream cheese & brown sugar pearls, creme brulee or matcha & azuki.
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5. Dark Belgian chocolate dome at Guylian Cafe
You’ve tasted Guylian’s chocolate before. In fact, you probably got a box of those yum little seashells for Christmas last year. Now imagine a whole Darling Harbour restaurant dedicated to serving that chocolatey goodness. The best item on the menu at this chocco Mecca is the dark Belgian chocolate dome, a chocolatey sphere filled with chocolate ice cream and topped with warm chocolate sauce. Reckon that’s enough chocolate for you?
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6. Pancakes on The Rocks
Pancakes are the perfect excuse to eat dessert for breakfast and the best place to get them in Sydney has to be Pancakes on The Rocks. Their menu features dozens of fluffy, decadent stacks covered in fillings but our favourite by far is the chocolate and peanut butter pancake. It features a homemade smooth peanut butter filling sandwiched between rich chocolate pancakes, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with peanut butter and - you guessed it - chocolate sauce.
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7. Red velvet Royale at Gelatissimo
Gelatissimo is Australia’s most popular gelato brand, and with good reason. Every scoop they serve is made fresh in-store every day using natural ingredients free from artificial flavours and colours. Their most delicious flavour is the red velvet royale, a rich cream cheese gelato folded through with decadent chunks of red velvet cake.
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8. Lindt Chocolate Cafe
The Swiss geniuses behind Lindt Chocolate Cafe have gone and opened an entire Darling Harbour restaurant dedicated to chocolate. Bless them. When we visit we can never go past the luxurious Lindt chocolate sundae with vanilla, white chocolate ice cream, brownie bits, chocolate fudge sauce and chantilly cream, topped with dark and white chocolate shavings.
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9. Strawberry Lychee Celebration Cake from KOI Dessert Bar
Nothing looks like a celebration more than the colourful creations including this Strawberry Lychee Cake, with lychee jelly encased in a light and sweet strawberry mousse which can now be found at the KOI Dessert Bar Pop-Up in Maker's Dozen.
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