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Beat The Summer Heat With These 10 Cool Desserts

Canberra plays host to some of the best dessert parlours in Australia, which combine food and science to bring you some truly jaw-dropping sweet treats that are sure to excite the taste buds. Canberra provides the ideal base for all sweet tooths looking to indulge in chocolate treats, ice cream or decadent pastries over the summer break. To help you navigate your way around Canberra’s buzzing foodie scene, we have sourced the top 10 favourite desserts that are close by so you won’t have to travel far to get your daily dose of sugar.

1. Frugii Dessert Laboratory

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Nestled in the heart of Braddon and just a 3-minute drive from Pavilion on Northbourne lies the Frugii Dessert Laboratory, well-known amongst the Canberra foodie scene for their uniquely different selection of ice cream, sorbet and gelato flavours. One of the Frugii owners, John Marshall is known for pushing the boundaries in terms of ice cream alchemy, so much so that flavours must be tasted to be believed. We recommend trying a combination of their award-winning ice cream flavours such as roasted cauliflower with rose harissa, gin and tonic, popcorn, musk sticks, butter chicken, Guinness, seafood laksa, and truffle!

Located on 28-30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ACT 2612
Open Monday-Sunday 12pm-11pm
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2. Ricardo’s Cafe

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Located just 10-minutes drive away in the unassuming suburb of Jamison is Ricardo’s cafe. This buzzing little joint understands the saying “you eat with your eyes first” which is why it is a favourite amongst locals. The immaculate presentation of decadent cakes and pastries is a reflection of owner and patisserie, Ricardo Dre Marco's passion for all things sweet. You will have trouble peeling your eyes away from Ricardo’s long glass cabinet filled with their vibrant macaroons, gold-dusted mousse cakes, injectable doughnuts and many more ever-changing decadent treats. Drop by for the perfect summer breakfast treat and order the Strawberry and Cream Waffles which includes Belgian waffles served with strawberry anglaise, strawberry jelly, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream smashed meringue crumble all drizzled with maple syrup.

Located at Jamison Plaza, 1/1 Bowman Street, Macquarie ACT 2614
Open Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am - 4 pm
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Mookie is an American-style burger joint with a unique Japanese twist, located a 6-minute drive from Pavilion on Northbourne. While Mookie prides themselves on their signature burger menu their insanely delicious house-made custard desserts have not gone unnoticed. With plenty of options to accommodate all varying dietary requirements so everyone can make their own perfect custard dessert to compliment a warm summer’s night! We recommend trying Concrete Geisha, a vanilla frozen custard blended with cheesecake and topped with fresh strawberries, watermelon, pink rose petals and crushed pistachios.

Located at 4A/21 Genge Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Open Monday-Wednesday & Sunday 11 am - 9 pm, Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 9:30 pm
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4. Eighty-six

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Eighty-six is regularly frequented by locals looking to indulge in the Caramel Popcorn Sundae, a signature Canberra dessert which shot to fame after appearing on the cover of Gourmet Food Traveller. This highly sort-after summer dessert is a modern take on the childhood classic, bringing together simple ingredients to create complex flavours that will excite your taste buds. The dish includes just two scoops of butterscotch ice cream, unsalted popcorn, caramel sauce, chunks of peanut butter brittle and an upside down mini waffle cone. Best part is, this popular foodie joint is located just 4-minutes drive from Pavilion on Northbourne so you won’t have to travel far to get a daily dose of sugar.

Located on the corner of Lonsdale Street & Eloura Street, Braddon ACT 2612
Open Monday to Thursday 6pm - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 6pm - 11pm, Sunday 9am - 1pm & 6pm - 10pm
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5.Koko Black

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With a summer menu that is ever-evolving, you are sure to find a cool dessert to help you cope with the dry summer heat. We recommend trying Koko Black’s Dessert Degustation - the perfect meal for those who struggle to decide when there are so many tasty desserts to choose from. The tasting summer platter includes a mini chocolate alchemy cake, chocolate hazelnut cluster, and raspberry chocolate dome, with a serve of Belgian mousse, and chocolate ice cream. Just an easy 6-minutes drive from Pavilion on Northbourne, this place is a must-see if you are visiting Canberra.

Located at The Canberra Centre FG02, Bunda Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Open Monday to Thursday 9am - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 9am - 11pm & Sunday 10am - 6pm
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6. Patissez

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A trip to Canberra isn’t complete without a visit to Patissez, home to the global sensation of the FreakShakes. Just 13-minutes drive from the hotel, this buzzing cafe is known for plating up some of Canberra’s finest dessert creations which have taken social media by a storm. This popular cafe makes up to 400 shakes a day in the heart of the Manuka shopping precinct so you don't have to travel far to satisfy your sugar cravings. We recommend trying the Gay Pat Freakshake which is a unique take on the golden gaytime summer classic. Loaded with homemade dulce de leche ice cream,whipped chocolate mousse, salted caramel and topped with crushed honeycomb & a mini cookie sandwich.

Located at 2/21 Bougainville Street, Griffith ACT 2603
Open Monday - Sunday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
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7. Marble & Grain

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Not only are Marble & Grain known for serving up award-winning steaks, but they have also cultivated a revered reputation when it comes to their mouth-watering desserts. Located conveniently 4 minutes from Pavilion on Northbourne this buzzing restaurant is a great spot if you’re wanting to treat yourself and loved one to a full-course dining experience. Pair your exquisite dessert with one of Marble & Grain’s chic cocktails, which are a modern take on all your favourite classics. We recommend trying the Summer Mango Mess, which includes coconut sorbet plated with fresh summer fruits and aquafaba meringue.

Located at 25 Mort Street, Braddon ACT 2612
Open weekdays between 6:30 am - 10 pm, weekends between 7 am - 10 pm
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8. Dream Cuisine

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Free up your Sunday and take a trip down to the local Old Bus Depot Markets to marvel at Dream Cuisines assorted french dessert pastries & macarons. Located just an 11-minute drive from Pavilion on Northbourne making your daily sugar fix moments away. How about trying some of their award-winning macarons which are regarded as some of the best in Canberra? We also recommend sampling their Signature Lime Tart, however, be sure to arrive early because this summer treat is a regular sell-out!

Located at the Old Bus Depot Markets, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT 2604
Open every Sunday from 10am - 4pm
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9. The Sugar Deli

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Canberra’s first-ever digital dessert parlour delivering mouth-watering desserts to your doorstep. Here you can expect anything from their menu of delicious desserts including injectable doughnuts, generously iced cupcakes, elegant tarts, & decadent cakes & slices. These delicious desserts are not only a feast for the tastebuds but the eyes as well. Best part is their menu is ever-changing providing the perfect excuse to keep coming back to try some of their gastronomic sweet treats. We recommend ordering The Sugar Deli’s Caviar of the Sweets World which is an assortment of cool summer dessert cakes including tiramisu, mango cheesecake, chocolate mousse and more! So put your order in and have it delivered straight to you at Pavilion on Northbourne.

To order visit their online store
Open Monday-Thursday from 9am - 5pm

10. White Rabbit Cocktail Room

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What better way to beat the summer heat than an outing to a cocktail bar. Just 6-minutes drive from Pavilion on Northbourne, White Rabbit welcomes all of those with young and curious hearts to enjoy decadent treats and whimsical cocktail creations that draw inspiration from the world of Alice in Wonderland. We recommend booking a Tipsy Tea at White Rabbit for the best kind of tea party catch-up with friends. Enjoy sipping French champagne or chic summer cocktails whilst indulging in some of White Rabbit’s finest dessert pastries, cakes and tarts!

Located at 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
Open Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - 12am, Friday & 5pm - 2pm, Sunday 2pm - 6pm
Tipsy Tea only Saturdays and Sundays between 2pm-5pm
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