Rich, creamy and just a touch of sweetness. These cheesecakes are the city's best.
Where to find the best Basque burnt cheesecake
The Basque burnt cheesecake at Tori's comes in a classic caramelised style, dotted with fresh strawberries. Try the matcha flavour for a Japanese twist on this trending dessert – piled high with cream cheese, of course. Tori's is open daily from 10am at 28 Niagara Lane.
Little Cupcakes (GF)
This little cake shop that could has an entire section dedicated to GF treats, including a whole cheesecake. The Little Cupcake Basque is a caramelised, bitter-sweet treat with a cracked and crumbly outer layer. Add on a few GF brownies and blueberry pistachio cupcakes for good measure.
Ima Project Cafe
Traditional Japanese breakfast sets are what Ima is known for. But they’ve also started stocking Sugar Nomad matcha cheesecake by the slice. Bittersweet with a touch of umami, this cake has the signature golden brown outer layer with matcha goodness hidden inside. Check their online menu to see if it's in stock, then pop in and enjoy.
Where to find the best New York cheesecake
The cake of choice for regular cheesecake connoisseurs.
The Tea Rooms 1892
The Tea Rooms 1892 sit at an iconic spot in the Block Arcade. Of course, there are scones, and their famous smoked salmon pinwheel sandwiches. But the cheesecake selection is where this legendary location really takes off. There's classic NYC-style slices, floral hibiscus cheesecake, baked berry masterpieces and more. Luxe dessert lovers can opt for a cookies and cream cheesecake, or keep it fruity with fresh passionfruit treats.
Pepe’s Italian Liquor
Housed in a handsome 19th century synagogue, Pepe’s Italian & Liquor comes complete with a picturesque courtyard. Enjoy a drink under the garden’s 150-year-old heritage-listed tree. Then skip straight to dessert with their signature lemon cheesecake. Baked low and slow in classic NYC style, its perfectly smooth finish is garnished with a pinch of zesty citrus rind.
Brunetti offers an epic cake collection, and the New York cheesecake is one of our all time faves. The decadent, baked cream cheese filling sits atop a buttery biscuit base. Served with seasonal fruit for a refreshing touch of sweetness. Pair with a spritz or two from the Euro-style, marble touched bar - we won't judge you.
Where to find the best cheesecakes - with a twist
Break with tradition and try these sweet takes on cheesecake.
Somewhere between a cake and a giant soufflé, Uncle Tetsu’s wobbly treats were one of the first Japanese desserts to hit it big in Melbourne. Try the feather-light, slightly crumbly delights in classic, matcha or chocolate flavours. Feeling dangerous? The custard cream–filled crepe brulee hides a slice of cheesecake under its many layers of yum.
Cheesecake on a stick
Don't knock it 'till you try it. Sticksies is a new late-night dessert bar on Lygon Street serving cheesecake by the slice. On a stick, of course. Creamy slabs of cake-y goodness are dunked in melted chocolate, drenched in caramel sauce and garnished with cookie crumbs. Flavours include matcha, Bueno, snickers, Oreo and more.
Melbourne is a marg-loving city, and the team at Mejico get that better than anyone. Their signature margarita cheesecake pairs tequila and lime infused cream cheese with a toasted coconut tostada base. It's the perfect little bite of yum to end your bottomless brunch on.
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