Sweet tooths everywhere, unite! Parramatta knows its desserts and it's calling your name. Here are seven sweet stops in and around the Parramatta CBD.
Bay Vista Parramatta
Dessert lovers, brace yourselves. Bay Vista, the self-proclaimed “dessert experience” that first took Brighton-Le-Sands by storm, made itself right at home in Parramatta in 2017. With options that range from fondue share plates and buckets of ice-cream, to the famous ‘adults only’ sundaes swirled with all the sauces, sweet fruit and crunchy nuts and toffees you could desire, to stacks of pancakes and waffles. There is something for every sweet tooth. Best of all, their sprawling diner-style Church Street premises is open until midnight for those dinners where conversation flows and time escapes you, or perhaps even when those late-night munchies hit and your freezer is empty.
1/330 Church Street, Parramatta; open 10.00am – midnight daily.
San Churro Chocolateria
If you’ve never had warm churros fresh from the fryer at San Churro, hot-foot it down Church Street pronto for one (or five) of these Spanish delicacies. Whether you’re after a sharing plate of these sweet treats with dipping sauces that range from a thick dulce de leche to melted couverture chocolate, or perhaps a plate of churros covered in chocolate, icecream and topped with a gooey chocolate brownie, you’ll be spoilt for both choice and flavour here. They also serve Fairtrade coffee if you want to offset any dessert guilt you’re feeling...and if you have a hankering for a late night sugar fix, they’re open late too.
287 Church Street, Parramatta; Open Monday - Thursday 10.00am to 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 10.00am to 12.00am, Sunday 10.00am to 11.00pm.
Adora Handmade Chocolates
Adora Handmade Chocolates has earned cult status since it opened the doors to its Parramatta premises in 2011. If you’re after a daytime dessert, Adora is the place for you. The well-lit and elegant space on the corner of Charles and Union Streets in the Parramatta CBD is home to a vast collection of delicious handmade truffles and chocolates, as well as charming high teas served with fragrant loose leaf teas. This is the place to come if you’re gluten or lactose intolerant and in need of the sweet stuff, with the much of the chocolate range gluten free with dairy free options available in-store and to order.
2b/103 George St, Parramatta; Open Monday to Saturday 7.00am to 4.30pm, Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Famous Australia-wide for their innovative flavours and weekly specials that get Instagram drooling with excitement, Messina’s gelato is piled full with flavour and texture that is second to none. Whether it’s their famous White Chocolate and Salted Caramel, throwback specials like Wagon Wheel and Pavlova, or their novel HBO series-themed ‘Game of Cones’, pile the scoops high in a cup or a cone, take a stroll down to the river and watch the world go by.
283 Church Street Parramatta; Open daily 12.00pm – 10.00pm.
Pancakes on the Rocks
Whether you’re having dessert for dinner or testing the strength of your dessert stomach, Pancakes on the Rocks in Northmead has you covered for pancakes of every variety. Pancake purists will love the traditional buttermilk pancakes with butter and maple syrup, the more hardcore sweet tooth will revel in the ‘Devil’s Delight’; thick chocolate pancakes covered in chocolate sauce, ice-cream, cream and strawberries. If you’ve got friends who aren’t as keen on dessert as you, don’t fret: there are also plenty of savoury options available ranging from crepes to steaks.
100 Briens Road, Northmead; Open daily 7.00am to 11.00pm (12.00am on weekends).
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
If melted chocolate is the key to your heart, make Max Brenner Chocolate Bar your first stop. There is serious decadence on the menu, from waffles covered in chocolate and ice-cream, Chocolate Fondue for Two served with marshmallows, banana, strawberries and banana bread to the famed Italian Thick Hot Chocolate – as thick and rich a hot chocolate as you will ever taste. ‘Chocolate by the Bald Man’ is a lactose-lover’s dream, so take a seat and get ready to indulge.
Parramatta Westfield, 159 – 175 Church Street, Parramatta; Open Sunday - Thursday 8.00am to 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 8.00am to 12.00am.
If you’ve walked through Centenary Square on a Friday morning, you’ll be familiar with the sweet smell of freshly made crepes emanating from SaCrepe Bleu, a regular stallholder at the weekly Parramatta Farmers Market. Made fresh in front of your eyes, transport yourself to a European street market with a Nutella-filled crepe in a cone, fill crepes with your choice of fruits and chocolate or maybe go traditional and opt for the simple but delicious crepe with lemon and sugar. Bon appetit!
Parramatta Farmers Market, Friday 7.30am to 2.30pm.