Don't have enough time to make Christmas dessert this year? We've searched the city centre and have found the best places with all the festive treats. From cookies to mince pies, pavlova, cakes, specialty chocolates and macarons, they're all here in the Heart of the City.
The Pantry | 99 Halsey Street
The Pantry’s famous Christmas desserts and gingerbread range is back for another year, with Chef Callum transforming the Pantry kitchen into Santa’s workshop to whip up some of his most delightful creations yet! This Christmas they're bringing back their gingerbread house and wreath, along with trifles, tarts and of course their boozy mince pies.
Amano | 66-68 Tyler Street
Amano's online store is definitely worth a browse, but be warned, it's highly likely you'll experience decision paralysis. If you're buying for a family of chocolate lovers, we recommend the 'Strawberry & Vanilla Trifle', or the Pavlova. Or, bring the Seasonal Fruit Custard Tart to the table and you'll be the guaranteed favourite at the party.
La Petite Fourchette | G02/85 Daldy Street & 9 Britomart Place
Bringing the very best of French patisserie to the city centre, La Petite Fourchette will well and truly satisfy all your Christmas dessert desires. Their Buche aux chocolat, otherwise known as chocolate and mousse log is a traditional French dessert for the chocolate lovers out there. If you're after a fancy take on a kiwi classic, the pavlova with swiss meringue, raspberry rose and vanilla chantilly is the way to go. Or, start Christmas day with a bang and pick up their breakfast box, filled with something for everyone, from buttery croissants to a golden brioche loaf. Check out their range here.
Island Gelato Company | Ferry Building 99 Quay Street
Elevate your Christmas dessert with Island Gelato's Summer Bombe Alaska Cake—a unique, handcrafted blend of Caramelized White Chocolate Gelato and vibrant berry layers. Explore their other delightful ice cream cakes like Merry Berry Pavlova, Chocolate & Forest Berry, Pic's Peanut Butter & Jam, and more, for a diverse and delicious holiday celebration. Make sure you preorder 48 hours in advance here.
Daily Bread | Galway Street and Federal Street
You can put your faith in Daily Bread to deliver some mouthwatering goodies this Christmas. Nothing beats a fresh pastry in the morning - post ripping into presents of course. If you're a fan of Stollen (a German fruit bread), theirs is a must-try! The recipe for the Stollen, which has been passed down through four generations, came from the grandfather of owner and baker, Patrick. Loaded with fruit and a house-made almond marzipan core, this beautiful 1kg creation will feed the whole family and probably last long after Christmas day.
Scarecrow | 33 Victoria Street East
As the end of year rush draws near, there's plenty to squeeze in and evergrowing to-do lists to tick off. Baking up a storm in the kitchen this Christmas, Scarecrow has your Christmas cake needs sorted. Be sure to get in quick, their moist, authentic cakes fly out the door for a reason! Place your order here.
Bluebells Cakery | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
Whether you want to say thank you to clients, workmates, friends, family or just treat yourself, Bluebells Cakery makes it easy this year with their delectable collection of Christmas treats. Think Rudolph cakes and macarons, festive cupcakes, rocky road, gingerbread cookies and of course, mince tarts!
Honest Chocolat | Commercial Bay, 7/21 Queen Street
Honest Chocolat's delightful handcrafted treats make for perfect stocking stuffers or are great to just add to your secret Christmas stash. This Christmas, they've crafted chocolate Christmas trees, chocolate lollipops, chocolate 'reindeer droppings', adorable advent calendars and more. Find their Christmas collection here.
Cocoa Wilds Chocolate | 12 O’Connell St
Chocolate is a must at Christmas time - it’s great for stocking fillers, gifts for colleagues, snacking on the day... you name it! Cocoa Wilds Chocolate will answer to all your chocolate needs. From wonderful gift boxes filled with decadent flavour combination to marshmallow, check out their Chocolate range here.