Are you a cone or a cup person, a donut or dessert lover? Melbourne's laneways, markets and neighbourhoods are a feast for the eyes and the dedicated sweet tooth. Take a sugar-fuelled zoom through the city for fantasy desserts, frozen treats or fancy cakes and pastries.

1. Brunetti Oro

Say ciao to this one-stop cake shop which caters to every dessert dream from Italian-style tiramisu to crunchy cannoli towers and handmade chocolates. This pasticceria is a Melbourne institution with its flagship store Brunetti Classico at Lygon Street.

2. Pidapipó Gelateria

This colourful ode to artisanal Italian-style gelato conjures up flavours from watermelon sorbetto to coconut and macadamia. Make your way past the store’s Nutella fountain and the gelato cake menu from banoffee to Neapolitan bombe Alaska and prepare to order. Scoop up your faves at one of three Melbourne locations.

3. Bibelot

Gateaux worshippers and gelato lovers pay homage to bonbons and macarons at this fanciful South Melbourne sweet shop. Bite-sized or grandiose, a rainbow of confectioneries regale you from behind the shop’s sleek countertop – you'll want to taste every one.

4. La Belle Miette

High time for tea or some delicate French bonbons? Pull up a pew at this macaron specialist store where beautifully packaged sweet treats are served with fragrant pots of Mariage Frères tea. Drop by one of La Belle Miette’s four Melbourne locations.

5. Mörk Chocolate

Molten chocolate, cinnamon buns and baked treats are this Scandi-inspired hot chocolate store’s staples. But while ethically sourced hot chocolate is their specialty, you can also get your coco fix from their chilled chocolate milk or chocolate Mörkshake.

6. Tori’s

Try this self-proclaimed sweet escape from the city buzz tucked into a Melbourne laneway. Go for Asian-inspired cakes and desserts, which nod to Japanese flavours, and pair with hand-whisked matcha lattes or iced teas. Preorder is also available.

7. The Cookie Box 

There are cookies and then there are these New York-style confections loaded with nuggets of dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate. This Chapel Street store tempts you in to choose from their oven-fresh selection, which you can handpick or order online.

8. Lune Croissanterie

Maybe the most coveted croissants in Melbourne, these buttery beauties are in demand and worth the queue, so for the love of flaky pastry get in line for croissants, cruffins and more. For crullers – deep-fried New York-style donuts – get to Moon Cruller which orbits its older sibling Lune Croissanterie on Fitzroy's Rose Street.

9. LuxBite

This is a happy space to indulge sweet tooth cravings. From lolly bag cakes to brown sugar bubble tea croissants, LuxBite has dessert desires covered so go all out in this patisserie cafe, which blends French baking techniques with Asian flavours.

10. La Petite Crêperie

Head down Melbourne's Swanston Street and you'll find this refitted newstand is a permanent feature for take-way French crêpes. Homemade batter sizzles on professional hot plates before being drizzled with sweet (and savoury) toppings. Délicieuses!


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