Durian might be a divisive topic, but we think it's one of the world's most misunderstood treats. Make up your own mind with durian crepe cake, ice-cream, fritters and more.

Durian crepe cake 

Millé and B’s party trick is that decadent extravagance, the multi-layered crepe cake. Twenty delicate crepes are squeezed into each slice. They’re sandwiched between pastry-cream , which includes a special durian option. It’s a double dose of durian, with fresh fruit pieces dotted through durian flavoured cream. 

A circular cake with multiple layers
Durian crepe cake. Photo via Mille & B.

Durian custard mochi cake

Carlton's iCake have made a name for themselves with the most extra celebration cakes in town. The divisive (but delicious!) durian fruit takes centre stage in this layered custard creation. Think chiffon cake, durian custard, durian cream, buttery crushed biscuits and yes, sweet pork floss topping. All loaded into a sweet mini cake bundle.

Durian ice-cream

Artisan Italian gelato with Asian-inspired flavours? Yum! Il Dolce Freddo on Lygon Street slings treats like hibiscus latte, pandan and matcha. Try a scoop of aromatic durian on its own in a cone, or pair with creamy toasted coconut. The fruity delight also goes well with tropical flavours like pineapple and mango. 

Tubs of ice-cream behind a plastic shield at a gelateria
Il Dolce Freddo

Biscoff durian milk tea 

INSTEA Melbourne is the first overseas flagship store from this iconic Malaysian brand. It’s an aesthetic dream for all bubble tea lovers. The current seasonal menu features a range of drinks made with fresh durian puree. Old-school durian lovers can enjoy the taste straight up with creamy blended coconut ice. Newcomers to the king of fruit might prefer the lotus flavour, which comes with a layer of biscoff spread. 

Vietnamese durian che

Sample traditional Vietnamese desserts at Che Desserts. The menu boasts iconic Vietnamese café treats like condensed milk loaded iced coffee, egg coffee, creme caramel and iced fruit teas. The signature 'che' layers fruit, coconut milk, pandan jelly, tapioca and durian for a refreshing parfait-style delight. Need more? You can add extra durian to your che for just one dollar!

A plastic container with a flan and various jellies surrounding it
Che Desserts (Image by @EatsWithKayli for What's On)

Durian shaved ice and cendol

Bypass the pizza shops on Lygon Street for a taste of Indonesia. D’Penyetz & D’Cendol is a globally loved chain famed for its affordable comfort food. After you’ve had your fill of crispy ayam goreng, order up loaded durian desserts. The OTT bowls come stacked with glutinous rice, oreos, fresh fruit, sweet red bean and sticky coconut milk treats They’ve also just opened a new venue in Chinatown

Fried Musang King durian 

Awash in warm pink tones and stylish interiors, you’ll find this modern fusion restaurant down a Chinatown laneway. Niubi has a seafood-centric menu, but the meal isn’t really over until you’ve had dessert. Dip your toe in the world of durian and try it deep fried, super sweet and served with vanilla ice-cream. Dubbed the ‘hermes of durian’, the Musang King varietal is a must-try on your durian journey.

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Offering a large range of Thai and Asian snacks, grocery items and a hot food station.

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Diverse flavours from across Asia since the 1980s.

Tokyo Hometown Japanese & Korean Supermarket

A great range of products from Japan, Malaysia and Asia including groceries, snacks and sweets.

Pantre

Fine food, Asian groceries, toasties, bento, coffee and more at this Japanese-inspired supermarket.

Last updated on Tue 11 Oct 2022

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