The festive season isn’t far away, so it’s time to bring your A-game to the Christmas table. We’ve rounded up the best puddings, panettones and pavlovas for you to try. You can buy them in-store or online – or even make them yourself. 

Where to find the best Christmas pudding in Melbourne

Traditional Christmas pudding from David Jones

Shopping for Christmas treats at David Jones Food Hall is Melbourne at its festive best. Here you can pick up a lovely traditional Christmas pudding. They're chock full of Australian vine fruit soaked in brandy and rum and made with free range eggs. They also sell small gluten-free versions with no added sugar. Not a fan of dried fruit? Pick up one of DJ’s gold-dusted, chocolate orange sponge puddings instead. 

DIY pud from Nut Trek 

'I made it myself!' Be the star of your Christmas celebrations by making your own Christmas pudding. Just enlist a little help from Nut Trek at Queen Victoria Market. The Nut Trek Christmas Pudding Kit comes with their (and now your) secret recipe and the precise amount of ingredients you need. Stir it up, steam it up and wait for the complements to pop like Christmas crackers.

Gift box pudding from Myer

Head into town and revel in the joy of the Myer Christmas windows. Then head inside and pick up one of their traditional steamed Christmas puddings in a box. These puddings are made using a traditional English recipe. They're loaded with plenty of soaked fruit and the finest ingredients. This one comes handily packaged in a box. Ideal for sending as a gift or packing to take with you to a festive get together.

A half eaten christmas pudding.
Christmas lunch isn't complete without pudding

Where to find the best panettone in Melbourne

Christmas cake Panettone from Brunetti

Hold onto your Christmas hats. Brunetti Oro’s Panettone Zuccotto Christmas Cake is pure indulgence. This glossy chocolate dome is made of a traditional panettone cake soaked in Cointreau. It’s filled with a smooth sweet ricotta cream, drenched in dark chocolate icing and scattered with red and green sprinkles. Forget the turkey. Skip straight to dessert!

Luxury Loison panettone range from Calia

Calia specialises primarily in Japanese food. But they’re also stocking some gorgeous Loison-brand panettones in store. They’re available in a range of sizes and flavours. There’s the classic, a floral camomile version, plus cioccolato and candied chestnut. If you want to take it to the next level, look for panettone that come in decorative, reusable tins.

Cult-status panettone from Saluministi

Saluministi is a little hotspot of Italian delights. Now they have finally launched their own, exclusive panettone. They're made in Italy and come wrapped in a stylish, black Saluministi tea towel. These naturally leavened panettone are available in three flavours. Choose from traditional, pear and chocolate or limoncello. They're strictly limited so pop in-store or jump online and order yours now! 

Christmas desserts on a black and white pattern table and tea towel.
Saluministi Christmas panettone photo via Saluministi website

Where to find the best pavlova in Melbourne

Carob and blood orange pav at Farmer's Daughters

After you've knocked back a few spicy margaritas on the rooftop, head downstairs for a festive degustation at Farmer's Daughters. Think thoughtful plates made from Gippsland's finest produce, like Lakes Entrance fish, Baw Baw Alpine trout and Terramirra Park venison. Dessert is where the pav comes in - an earthy carob infused treat with sweet and sour blood orange accents.

Cardamom pistachio pavlova spice from Gewürzhaus

Gewürzhaus Herb and Spice Merchants sell a mind-boggling array of unique flavours. They also offer inspiring recipe ideas. Like a cardamom pistachio pavlova with kiwifruit and mango. You can pick up all the special ingredients you need for this Swiss-style pavlova. Stock up on green cardamom seed, cardamom pistachio sugar and rose petal powder.  Zip over to Queen Victoria Market and grab fresh mangoes and kiwi fruit to pile on top.

Native pavlova kit from Mabu Mabu

Pavlovas are one of Australia’s favourite desserts. Why not double-down and make one with Australian Indigenous flavours? A chocolate wattleseed pavlova will hit the mark. Mabu Mabu’s Wattleseed Pavlova Kit includes wattleseed cocoa powder, strawberry gum sugar and lemon myrtle sugar. Follow this zesty recipe and make this your signature Christmas dish!

meringue dessert covered in raspberry and mint
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Christmas dessert–inspired chocolate from Koko Black

Koko Black distill all those sweet and spicy festive flavours into one-bite wonders. These special chocolates are perfect for sharing. A jar of white chocolate Pavlova Bites are little crunchy bombs of meringue. They're coated in passionfruit-infused white chocolate. You can get Christmas pudding in a chocolate block or you can crack open a tub of Magic Pudding Bites. These gooey, fruity, spicy morsels capture all those classic festive flavours.

More local bakeries for Christmas treats

Beatrix

Cafe staples and legendary cakes from a baking master.

Bakemono Bakers

Inspired by bakeries in Japan and Korea.

Brioche by Philip

A modern French bakery with a Japanese influence.

La Belle Miette

Cute patisserie at the top end of Collins Street, with delicious macarons and sweet treats.

Last updated on Wed 17 Nov 2021

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