Ten places to get dessert in Civic and Braddon

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We are strong advocates for dessert. No meal is complete without dessert and luckily there are no shortage of delicious options for the sweet tooth in Civic and Braddon.  Next time you’re in the City, treat yourself to something sweet at one of these ten Canberra dessert institutions.

The team at Frugii Dessert Laboratory are ice cream and gelato specialists. Made from scratch, Frugii’s products are made without colourings, pastes or bases. They offer a range of flavours such as vanilla bean and chocolate as well as some more experimental flavours such as Chinese herbal remedy.

You can find Frugii on the ground floor of the ORI building in Braddon.

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Oliver Brown


Founded in Belgium in 2009, Oliver Brown is an international dessert franchise. Specialising in chocolate, Oliver Brown offer a range of decedent chocolate-y dessert options made with chocolate imported from Belgium.

You can find Oliver Brown in Garema Place opposite the Canberra Centre in Civic.

Image via @oliverbrownoffical on Instagram



Shorty’s is a fun and relaxed bar, with a range of food options available. Shorty’s isn’t immediately obvious as a dessert destination, but their deep fried golden gaytimes need to be tasted to be believed.

You can find Shorty’s in Garema Place, just next to Academy nightclub.

Image via @shortyscanberra on Instagram

Koko Black


Koko Black was founded in 2001 after its founder discovered the art of chocolate in Germany and Belgium. Since then, it has expanded to an international franchise. Head to Koko Black for all things chocolate.

You can find Koko Black on Bunda Street, next to Jamie’s Italian.

Image via @kokoblackchocolate on Instagram

The Pancake Parlour


The Pancake Parlour is one of Canberra’s oldest institutions. Founded in 1965, Australians have been heading to The Pancake Parlour for over 50 years.  With over 20 dessert options on the menu, you won’t be hard pressed to find something to your taste here.

You can find The Pancake Parlour on Alinga Street.

Image via @pancakeparlour on Instagram

Max Brenner


Max Brenner is another international franchise for chocolate lovers. From more classic dessert options right through to chocolate pizzas, you won’t leave hungry.

You can find Max Brenner in the Nishi Building, New Acton.

Image via Max Brenner Australia on Facebook


Eighty Six restaurant in Braddon is a popular upscale dining choice for many Canberrans. Amongst the most popular items on their menu are their delicious desserts, such as the caramel popcorn sundae (pictured).

You can find Eighty Six on the corner of Elouera and Lonsdale street in Braddon.

Image via Eighty Six on Facebook

Chez Frederic

The team at Chez Frederic offer Italian cuisine with a French and Australian twist. Amongst their main meal favourites are a regular offering of delicious sweet treats such as Italian classic dessert Tiramisu.

You can find Chez Frederic on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

Image via Chez Frederic on Facebook


In 2015 Patissez’s ‘freakshake’ went viral. People from all over Australia flocked to the ACT to try out this decedent treat for themselves. Fast forward to 2016 and Patissez now have a cafe in the City, serving up all kinds of delicious desserts and treats – including the freakshakes!

You can find Patissez in the City on Marcus Clarke Street.

Image via @patissez on Instagram 

Via Dolce

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Via Dolce is an Italian patisserie that serves a huge selection of traditional artisan house-made gelati as well as Italian made sweets. Sit down with a coffee or tea and treat yourself to a cake or gelati – or both!

You can find Via Dolce on Bunda Street opposite the Canberra Centre.

Image via Via Dolce