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SYDNEY’S BEST DESSERTS: MASTERCARD
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Sometimes you just have to let go of the guilt and indulge in the finer pleasures in life because, well, you only live once! And what better time than when you’re visiting Sydney, a vibrant city filled with hip culinary havens offering amazing desserts? Here’s where to find the most unique, jaw-droppingly delicious sweet bites in town.

 

The Bridge Room
The first thing you’ll notice are the interiors of the elegant and airy space at The Bridge Room—its blond parquetry floors, Portuguese wooden dining chairs, grey banquettes, and large windows all give it a mid-century feel. But take a seat at one of the candlelit oak tables and divert your attention to the extraordinary dessert list. The fancy frozen sake lees with lychee, pressed kiwifruit, and meringue might take your fancy, or perhaps you’ll opt for the simpler set Valrhona chocolate with chestnut cream, blackberries, caramel snap, and nougat. Either way, keep your eyes peeled and you might see the talented chefs preparing your feast in the bright, open kitchen.

 

N2 Extreme Gelato
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—so follow the smoke trails to N2, where the gelato is frozen on the spot with liquid nitrogen. Look out for the queues forming on the AstroTurf-coated areas outside the outlets in Chinatown and Newtown, then walk inside and see the white lab-coated ‘gelartists’ behind the counter concocting exquisite flavours, including traditional treasures like chocolate hazelnut and cookies ‘n’ cream. Prefer to try something wilder? Order the cough syrup (yes, cough syrup!), beer, and Salty Jesus Juice (salted cola and red wine sorbet) in minimalist bowls.

 

Hartsyard
Walk inside the shopfront space of this Newtown institution, kitted out with moody lighting and bare recycled-wood tables, grab a seat at the bar, and don’t delay in ordering one of Sydney’s most luscious desserts. Harts yard takes their sundaes very seriously, so go all-in with the peanut butter and banana sundae served with pretzel ice cream, banana doughnut, and salted fudge. If you want to be totally indulgent, order a glass of one of the French sparklings to accompany this tantalising dessert.

 

Nel
The eight-course menu at this industrial chic basement restaurant in Surry Hills changes monthly, but rest assured it will always include the signature dessert from Michelin-starred, English-born chef Nelly Robinson. Take a seat at Nel and work your way through the six delectable savoury courses, but make sure you save room for the pistachio, white corn, and cherry dessert. Imagine a deconstructed Black Forest cake with pistachio ice cream, fairy floss, chocolate soil, cherry gel, and marzipan, with a burst of popping candy. Oh, and leave a little room for the second mystery dessert to follow. Hungry yet?

 

Ms. G’s
A dessert list wouldn’t be complete without the infamous Stoner’s Delight from chef Dan Hong at Potts Point Asian-fusion restaurant Ms. G’s. Prime yourself with one of the five sakes on offer at the bar upstairs, then head downstairs for the main event. The Stoner’s Delight includes nearly every food imaginable: peanut butter dulce de leche, peanut and pretzel brittle, a Mars Bar brownie, bacon, doughnut ice cream, potato chips, and deep-fried Nutella. You’ll be sure to go back again for more amazing desserts.

 

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