Looking for a late night dessert? A thriving late-night dessert culture has taken grasp of Adelaide. Discover some of our best dessert bars here.
BY SAM SMITH
It’s no secret, Adelaide excels in the food and wine department. Now more than ever, our city is overflowing with new and exciting places to eat. But there’s more to Adelaide’s nightlife than dinner and drinks with more and more cosy cafés, luxurious dessert kitchens and contemporary ice cream parlours popping up all over town.
Here, you’ll find some of the best places to be tempted by sultry sundaes and decadent desserts, late into the night.
Eggless Dessert Cafe
Unsurprisingly, Eggless Dessert Café specialises in desserts and cakes that are egg-free. They also specialise in desserts that are downright delicious. Eggless’ intricate dessert creations are homemade and mostly vegan and lacto-vegetarian friendly.
The menu is ever changing and you'll also find traditional Asian deserts such as black sticky rice and lychee rose sago.
Eggless Dessert Cafe is located at 162 Goodwood Road, Goodwood - a five minute drive from Adelaide city centre.
Spats Coffee Lounge
It’s difficult to accurately describe Spats Coffee Lounge. Part coffee lounge, part dessert café, part cabaret show, it’s a flamboyant world of gastronomic seduction. Step inside and be greeted with frills, velvet drapes, antique chandeliers and intimate booths aglow with candlelight. Open the menu, and it becomes clear that at Spats, almost anything goes. From waffles to muscles; tea to cocktails; burgers to crepes and cakes, the list is endless.
A visit to Spats Coffee Lounge is an entirely unique experience. A performance in itself, Spats is a mish-mash of themes, cuisines and cultures with a seductive, intimate vibe.
Spats Coffee Lounge is located at 108 King William Road, Goodwood.
Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate
The mother of dessert cafés, Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate has five locations in Adelaide. Casual and inviting, it's the perfect place to catch up with friends after dinner. All desserts are made on-site by highly talented chocolatiers, and there’s a load to choose from.
Chocolates are displayed in gorgeous glass cabinets, and you’ll find breakfast options, frappes, fondues, cakes and ice creams. Bracegirdle’s has won gold awards at the Royal Adelaide Show for the past seven years, plus the Champion Chocolate and Most Successful Exhibitor awards
Bracegirdles has five locations in South Australia including Glenelg and McLaren Vale.
Cocolat Dessert Cafe
Chocolate connoisseurs will be in heaven at Cocolat. The first store opened in the leafy Adelaide Hills town of Balhannah many moons ago. Now, Cocolat has built an empire with stores across Adelaide, including on Rundle Street.
Walk into any Cocolat store and prepare yourself for some seriously decadent desserts. Sink your teeth into artisan handmade chocolates, pastries, jaffa cakes, macaroons, ice creams and tarts. Or how about a chilli hot chocolate? Stand-out dishes include pistachio, pear and dark chocolate cake, orange and macadamia tart, salted caramel cheesecake and the ever-popular choc mint dream bomb.
Cocolat has cafes around Adelaide but the Rundle Street store is open til late, seven days a week.
St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert
St Louis is the ultimate in ice cream indulgence. You’ll find two stores in Adelaide - one in Gouger Street and the other by the beach at Glenelg. Made locally, St Louis desserts are ridiculously tasty. Pick from a selection of handmade chocolates and a huge range of ice cream flavours.
From churros fondue to affogato; dessert cocktails to waffles, the menu is lengthy and impressive. Combined with a great range of fine wine, beer and spirits, St Louis is the perfect place for a late-night dessert jaunt.
St Louis is located at 19 Gouger Street, Adelaide and Colley Terrace, Glenelg.
Chocolatree is a one-stop shop for artisan chocolates and late-night desserts. A lively affair with funky décor, a huge indoor mural, comfy sofas and café-style seating. Chocolatree specialises in Belgian-style, handcrafted chocolates made with fresh ingredients by an in-house chocolatier.
Their range includes truffles, gift packs, cakes, ice cream and macaroons. They also do a mean coffee, but the highlight of Chocolatree (for me, anyway) is their hot chocolate. Silky smooth and in flavours such as peanut butter, jaffa and coconut, a Chocolatree hot chocolate is hard to beat.
Chocolatree is located at 25 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide - just five minutes from the city centre.
The Aviary Dessert Kitchen
The Aviary is an intimate dessert café on the cosmopolitan Norwood Parade - five minutes drive from the city centre of Adelaide. When it comes to food, the Aviary is nothing short of Avant Garde.
Fascinating, delicious, and at times bizarre, prepare your tastebuds for creations such as the macaroon flower pot – macaroons set in a pot of rich Belgian chocolate mud cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate soil and pistachios, or the lychee pearl – lychee icecream encased in a pink guava granita on a bed of lychee jelly. Friends in tow? Order the chocolate pecking plate – Belgian waffles, a chocolate raspberry mousse pot and flourless chocolate cake.
The Aviary is located at 227 The Parade, Norwood - five minutes drive from Adelaide city.
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
If your sweet tooth has a preference for the finer things in life, Steven ter Horst Chocolatier is a must-visit. Drop in to their very stylish Rundle Street store for a range of delicious chocolates, tarts, pastries, cakes, gateaux, hot chocolate and a smorgasbord of coffee varieties. We'll have one of everything please!
Steven ter Horst is run by chocolatier Mr Horst himself and has been named in Gourmet Traveller as one of Australia’s leading chocolatiers.
Steven ter Horst is located at 256 Rundle Street, Adelaide and is open late seven nights a week.
Who doesn't love a post-dinner gelato? But with so many gelati flavours on offer at Gelatissimo - which has three stores in Adelaide and one at Glenelg - you'll be hard-pressed to know which one to choose. There are the classics like vanilla, lemon sorbet and chocolate but the newest combinations will really excite your taste buds. Try the caramelised fig, burnt caramel and pecan or wild berry pannacotta gelato. Sorbet flavours include blood orange, passionfruit, green apple and raspberry.
Gelatissimo Glenelg boasts an in-house café. Try the warm waffles topped with your choice of gelato, and and drizzled with chocolate or caramel sauce, or a brookie - gelato in a biscuit. There's also gelato cannoli gelato doughnuts.
Gelatissimo is located on Rundle and Gouger Streets, Adelaide; The Parade, Norwood and Jetty Road, Glenelg.
Dessert Story is one of Adelaide’s most unique late-night desert cafés. Owner, David Loh’s passion is authentic Taiwanese and Chinese dessert. His aim? To introduce traditional Asian dessert culture to Australia, and introduce something fresh and new to palates around the country. While many eateries falsely claim “authenticity”, I can safely say, Dessert Story is the real deal.
Their menu is vast and filled with delicious dishes I’d never even heard of. Taiwanese desserts include herbal jellies, black rice, tofu pudding and snow ice. Chinese deserts include black pearl sago, grass jelly and a range of back rice ice creams. Thirsty? Try a fruity coconut colada with red bean and mango, or delicious aloe-vera and watermelon juice.
Dessert Story is located at 118 Gouger Street, Adelaide.