Perth holidays are the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun, sand, sea, and now, sweets.
The Western Australian city, better known for its natural wonders, has lately become enamoured with the wonderland of desserts. From the exquisite to the exotic and trendy, Perth’s dessert bars are jostling to push the boundaries of creativity. In the process, they are conjuring up a growing inventory of sinfully delectable treats that are pleasing to the eye, as well as the palate.
Add dessert bar-hopping to your list of things to do in Perth, beginning with our seven recommendations below.
1. “Cronutella,” Whisk Creamery
To make a decadent and delightful “Cronutella”: Crown a luscious chocolate-Nutella-Italian hazelnut milkshake with a Cronut—a croissant-donut hybrid first popularised by a New York pastry chef in 2013. As a finishing touch, dress with a drizzle of Nutella and a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts.
Find this and other over-the-top delights at Whisk Creamery.
2. “Violet Passion,” Measure Bar
With MasterChef Australia contestant Karmen Lu at the helm, Measure Bar is striving to live up to the reputation of its famed chef. The bar’s latest addition to its repertoire is the “Violet Passion,” an artful creation that seamlessly weaves the colours, flavours, and textures of passionfruit and blueberry treats into a floral motif.
To sample something more familiar, play it safe with a tried-and-tested order, the crowd-pleasing “Peanut Caramel Popcorn” dessert. It is adapted from Lu’s MasterChef audition dish, and you can let your tastebuds decide if it is worth the hype.
3. “Fruit” Tarts, Bites By D
The beauty of a dessert lies in the eye of the beholder. Bites By D owner Diana Beeck is on a mission to stem the tide of outlandish desserts—by favouring subtlety over bombast—yet her understated European-inspired selections are standouts in their own right.
Designed to capture your attention is the patisserie’s trio of “fruit” tarts: “Apple” (featuring a vanilla creme brûlée centre), “Pear” (earl grey mousse), and “Mandarin” (chocolate mousse). They are a treat for all your senses.
4. Coffee in a Cookie, Double Shotz
Fancy your coffee (or milk) in a cookie mug? At Double Shotz—which has a permanent space, as well as various pop-up locations—expect double the energy boost when you can have your cuppa and eat it too.
5. “Matcha-Misu,” Jersey Jack Gelato
Mash-ups have become a familiar sighting in Perth’s dessert scene. A recent welcome entrant is Jersey Jack Gelato’s merry union of matcha and tiramisu (“Matcha-Misu”), served in a glass with gelato.
The café also prides itself on its artisanal approach—it handcrafts its gelato and sources its key ingredients (milk, cream, sugar, fruit, and nuts) locally. Now you can eat well and do good by helping the local businesses here.
6. “Macaron Gelato Slider,” The Sweet Box Cart
Image Credit: The Sweet Box Cart
Supersized and delivered with an indulgent twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich concept—the “Macaron Gelato Slider” has proven to be a runaway hit for The Sweet Box Cart, which operates out of a travelling truck.
“We use macarons instead of cookies and Italian gelato instead of ice cream, and then we put all different types of toppings on and make them as colourful and as crazy as possible,” co-owner Kunj Shah told PerthNow. “They are massive—approximately two inches thick and three inches wide—they are a handful, it gets messy, and people love it.”
7. Sparkling High Tea, Origins Restaurant
Taking it slow on a weekend? Linger over a Sparkling High Tea featuring both sweet and savoury delicacies along with sparkling wine, loose leaf tea, and organic coffee at Origins Restaurant (Pan Pacific Perth).
The restaurant’s selections of well-loved desserts include:
- Chocolate chip scones, cocoa nibs, cream, and jam
- Warm apple crumble (with English cream)
- Rocky road shooters
- Wildflower honey cake
- White chocolate brownies (with boysenberry curd)