Ah, dessert. An indulgence for some, an inevitability for many, but always the perfect way to wrap up a meal. Whether it’s ice cream, a gourmet delicacy, or a cake of some description, there really is a dessert out there for everyone. And what about going out for dessert?
Maybe you want to go out to eat but a full dinner might be too much or too expensive, or perhaps you’re already out and you don’t like the dessert options at the restaurant, or maybe you’re just after a sweet treat regardless of the time. Whatever the case, you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to get some dessert, and we’re here to help.
In this article, we’ll give you a few things to look for in a great dessert restaurant, as well as a breakdown of some of the best options in Canberra.
What makes a great dessert restaurant?
Not sure what to look for in a dessert joint? Here’s a few traits you should keep in mind:
- Convenient opening hours. A dessert restaurant isn’t much of a dessert restaurant if it isn’t open late. Keep an eye out for dessert joints that will be open at the right time for you, especially those that are open late.
- Variety. If you’ve gone out for dessert, you’re probably looking for something different from the usual fare of ice cream or cake. A great dessert restaurant will have many exciting and interesting options that you probably wouldn’t have been able to make at home.
- Affordability. If you’ve already had dinner in a restaurant, you probably don’t want to spend as much again on dessert. Look for dessert restaurants that have affordable prices without compromising on quality!
- Good service. You should be able to expect friendly and helpful service from a dessert restaurant in the same way you would at any other establishment. Any good restaurant will make your satisfaction and enjoyment your priority!
The best dessert restaurants in Canberra
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Truly a late-night dessert venue as it remains open until 11pm, Frugii is a family business that makes all of their ice cream, gelato, cakes and chocolates from scratch. Boasting an array of original and delicious flavours of ice cream, yummy cakes and sweets and a coffee machine, Frugii is an excellent choice for diners in the city or anyone with a late-night craving for dessert.
Google reviewer Nicky Sydney writes about their experience at Frugii, “Gorgeous, interesting ice cream, amazing service and a real treat. Would definately recommend.”
If you love chocolate, you’ve come to the right place. With a dark interior offset during the day by large windows, which later transforms into a cosy haven after dark, Koko Black is the perfect destination for chocolate aficionados everywhere. From the enormous glass case of chocolate bites of all shapes and flavours, plus an enticing menu of hot chocolate varieties and sweet treats, Koko Black has plenty of options for your next dessert outing.
As Umar Ansari writes in this Google review, “Amazing desserts! We tried the chocolate mousse, Belgian waffle, hot chocolate and coffee. Everything was rich and absolutely delicious.”
Another on the list of late-night dessert venues, Gelato Messina has become one of Canberra’s most popular destinations for delicious ice cream whether it’s during the day or late at night. With dozens of original flavours and a selection of gelato cakes, nothing is ever made with pre-made bases or mass-produced flavour paste, and Messina even sources their dairy products from their very own farm – so you can rest assured that the gelato at Messina is of the highest quality possible.
As Facebook user Ricardo Vargas Flores writes, “Delicious ice cream; the perfect place for sharing relaxing good moments!”
Planning a night out? Check out our articles on the best French restaurants, the best Italian restaurants and the best Chinese restaurants in town for some great foodie recommendations, and our guides to the best cocktail bars and best wine bars around if you want to grab a drink or two.
Your experience with dessert restaurants in Canberra
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Have you had experience with any of the dessert restaurants listed above? Have we missed your favourite? If so, please share your feedback in the comments below!