Winter can be grim, kids – to cheer yourself up, here’s our pick of the best sweet treats in Auckland that’ll have you singing in the rain. Allllll of the rain.
GIAPO x De’Longhi Winter Affogato Series
GIAPO has partnered with De’Longhi to bring us a series of delicious affogato-inspired treats. The Winter Affogato Series is a riff off the traditional Italian coffee-based dessert that sees a vanilla gelato scoop drowned in a shot of piping hot espresso to curate something more experiential and electrifying.
From now through the chilly Auckland Winter months, GIAPO will be serving a series of new, exciting and delicious affogato concepts coupled with mouth-watering coffee from the De’Longhi PrimaDonna Soul. The first cab off the rank will be the DIPPING CONE AFFOGATO, a delicious hazelnut ice cream (the hazelnuts come from a small farm in Christchurch) on a waffle cone ready to be dipped in the hot espresso, easy to handle with a delightful waffle crunch at the end. BELLISSIMO!
We can’t wait to see what’s to come.
???? GIAPO, 12 Gore Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
Daldang, the sweethearts behind Auckland’s ‘Fatcaron’ – a Korean dessert interpreted and derived from the classic French Macarons – have many not-to-be-missed morsels on their menu. As the name implies, ‘Fat’carons are twice as thick as regular macarons, overloaded with fillings and taste unbelievably delightful.
Daldang has a wealth of sugar-loaded treats for you to sink your teeth into – our favourite is the Shellcaroons; it’s terribly satisfying that these delectable pieces of art taste as good as they look.
????112 Mayoral drive, Auckland CBD
????Shop 8 / 88 Broadway, Newmarket
Pillow-like doughnuts pumped full of phenomenal flavours such as vanilla crème patisserie, dulce de leche (yum) and raspberry jam & marshmallow fluff and utterly delicious. These sweet treats can be ordered online from the comfort of your own bed or picked up from the recently opened Doe Donuts flagship shop on Great North Road.
Doe Donuts derive from a traditional Cook Island doughnut recipe with a few tweaks to make them lighter with various fillings to make them irresistible.
If you’re not ordering online, we recommend hitting Doe Donuts early as they are open til they sell out, which can happen quickly. Go, go, go!
???? 356 Great North Road, Grey Lynn
Miann, pronounced me-ann, has two dessert restaurants nestled in Auckland, one in Britomart and the other on Fort Street. Founded in 2018 by international pastry chef Brian Campbell and wife Roselle, Miann consistently create mouth-watering desserts that will leave you hungry for more.
If you head to the Miann’s flagship restaurant on Fort Street, you can expect to be wowed by their talented chefs tempering chocolate, crafting gateaux and plating fine desserts in the open kitchen. There is a 6-metre cabinet full of decadent delights for those on the move. We highly recommend kicking back and dining in if you have time. There’s an a la carte menu with a selection of innovative, unique and seasonal dishes, all plated to perfection.
???? Miann Fort Street, 57 Fort Street, CBD, Auckland 1010
???? Miann Britomart, Ground Arthur Nathan Building, 36 – 38 Galway Street, Britomart, Auckland 1010
Another restaurant specialising in the sweeter dishes in life – OKO in Aotea Square, off Queen Street, is one you should definitely add to the map of places to dine. OKO are well-known for their extravagant creations and signature desserts such as the Volcano (the Chocolate and Lemon Cheesecake variations).
We delight in the sugar-induced ecstasy when we drop in for something sweet ahead of a show, subdue a sweet craving after dinner, or even a cocktail after a busy day.
???? OKO Dessert Kitchen, Aotea Square 291-297 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland 1010