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Treat Mum This Mother’s Day At Melbourne’s Best Dessert Spots

by Jenn Roper

Nothing says Mother’s Day like indulging in a few sweet treats at some of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants and eateries. So we’ve made a list of the top 5 dessert spots where you can celebrate with mum while satisfying your sweet tooth.

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400 Gradi
Brunswick, Crown, Eastland and Essendon

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Everyone’s favourite Italian haven is promising to make all mums the centre of attention this Mother’s Day by doing what they do best – spoiling them with delicious and wholesome Neapolitan goodness.

All mums will receive complimentary Bellini cocktails upon arrival before tucking in to a stunning a la carte menu. While Gradi are renowned for their pizza and pasta, the highlight of this menu is sure to be the ‘Giardino della Mamma’ – a delicate and decadent dessert comprising of dark chocolate soil, honeycomb parfait, sour cherry, a hint of micro basil and a beautiful dark chocolate tree topped with fairy floss at the heart of it all.

All Gradi locations will be offering this one-day-only menu. Bookings are essential.

When: Sunday 12th May 2019
Where: Brunswick, Crown, Eastland and Essendon restaurants.

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Burch & Purchese
647 Chapel Street, South Yarra

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South Yarra sweet studio Burch & Purchese are looking after mums this Mother’s Day with plenty of in-store dessert specials running all weekend. Plus they’ll be open on Sunday if you want to treat mum with a memorable cake or dessert. The team have planned a very special ‘Deluxe’ addition to all cakes that will be for a limited time only, keep your eyes peeled on their Instagram where they’ll reveal what it is and prices.

If your mum is a Darren Purchese fan, make her day extra special and bring her down to the shop where the man himself will be in store signing copies of his cookbooks.

When: Saturday May 11th & Sunday May 12th 2019
Where: 187 Chapel Street, South Yarra

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Gelato Messina
237 Smith Street, Fitzroy

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Arguably one of the hottest gelatarias in Melbourne, Messina have brought back their Mother’s Day bon bons for another year so you can give mum the gift of pure frozen indulgence. Featuring nine hand-painted, chocolate covered gelato bon bons, each is a nostalgic burst of decadent flavours designed to replicate classic mum favourites. The ‘Tea & Bikkies’ features an earl grey tea gelato, shortbread base and gooey chocolate caramel ganache while the ‘Lamington’ is a divine combination of bounty gelato, raspberry gel and chocolate sponge. For the mums who like a boozy dessert, Messina have made room for a delicious ‘Tequila Sunrise’ bon bon too.

Pick up is at the Fitzroy location only but if you’re worried about transporting these bad boys don’t worry because the Messina team will provide you with an icepack so they don’t melt in transit.

When: Friday 10th May – Sunday 12th May 2019
Where: 237 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Price: $49

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Little Vineyard
17 Paynes Road, Chirnside Park

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If your mum’s a sucker for wine country (and let’s be honest who isn’t), then let the beautiful surrounds of the newly renovated Little Vineyard be your gift this Mother’s Day. Located on the doorstep of the Yarra Valley, the rolling hills and open landscapes will act as the perfect backdrop while you get stuck in to a generous share style menu served directly to your table. Of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a sweet finish, and these guys have planned an entire dessert buffet including a variety of playful yet elegant creations. Think, Belgian chocolate mousse with popping candy, petit fours and Eton Mess with poached quince and meringue. Yum.

While the first session has sold out there are still plenty of tickets remaining for the 1:30 session so get in quick.

When: Sunday 12th May 2019
Where: 17 Paynes Road, Chirnside Park
Price: $55 for adults, $25 for children

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285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

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If you want to take dessert time to new levels, make a trip to Bibelot this Mother’s Day. An artisanal French patisserie, gelataria, coffee bar and chocolate shop all in one, this boutique dessert destination is one of luxury, comfort, creativity and the perfect way to spoil mum on the special day. For one-day-only Bibelot will be presenting their special Mother’s Day High Tea over three sittings. Start with a glass of fine French sparkling followed by your choice of espresso coffee or premium range loose-leaf tea. Next, let Mum unwind in one of Bibelot’s iconic plush emerald armchairs while indulging in a variety delicious savoury canapés before delighting in delicate petits gâteaux carefully crafted by the Bibelot pastry kitchen.

High tea wouldn’t be complete without scones, and Bibelot are spoiling guests with not only the traditional kind but chocolate ones too – served with house-made jam and double cream of course.

When: Sunday 12th May 2019
Where: 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Price: From $89 pp

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