Durban’s most decadent dessert bars

After feasting on Durban’s finest curries or its stellar seafood, it’s time to head to one of this East Coast city’s decadent dessert-centric eateries that will cure any confectionery craving. From chocolate bars to macaron ice-cream sandwich parlours, here are the sweetest dessert spots in the city.

Cacao Chocolate Bar (Umhlanga)

This chocolate café offers Gateway shoppers sweet respite, with breakfast croissants, pancakes, or waffles served with melted Belgian chocolate or banana-and-chocolate hot fudge sauce. For the rest of the day, there are even more tempting choices, like the dark Belgian hot chocolate served over a flame. Sip it all up through a straw before filling up on decadents like the double-chocolate brownies and delectable fondues.

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Era Homemade Ice Cream (Morningside)

Previous MasterChef SA contestant Penny Fitchet keeps ice-cream fans satisfied with her busy ice-cream parlour on Cowey Road. The cold treats are made using thick farm-fresh cream with no added preservatives or artificial flavourants. Flavours include Pablo Picasso’s Peanut, Julius Caesar’s Salted Caramel, Vladmir Lenin’s Vanilla, Marie Antoinette’s Apple and Cinnamon, and Marilyn Monroe’s Strawberry Meringue. You’ll also find freshly baked cakes and treats like smudgies (ice-cream sandwiches), chocolate crunchies, peanut butter bars and brownies.

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Plan B Dessertery (Durban North)

This dessert-only eatery is bringing the trendy bubble waffle to KZN’s shores. Besides the sweet waffle creations – filled with things like chocolate honeycomb or caramel corn – there are also giant churros and dipping sauces, dessert tacos filled with all sorts of confections, and gourmet shakes. Pro tip: Neighbouring Four15 serves Plan B’s desserts for after-dinner treats.

Scoop Ice Cream (Salt Rock)

This Litchi Orchard shop whips up creamy custard-based ice cream made with eggs, milk and sugar from local farms in KZN. Scoop serves a variety of flavours, including Madagascan vanilla with salted-macadamia praline, gin-and-tonic sorbet, butter-salted popcorn, pineapple sorbet, and 70% chocolate. The shop also produces its own vanilla sugar cones and, if you’re avoiding sugar, Scoop does an ‘Innocent Range’, with ice creams sweetened with stevia. Look out for the launch of their new Scoop store in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

Sugarlicious (Umhlanga)

Durban’s very own macaron ice-cream sandwich parlour has been taking the treats market by storm in KZN. The colourful confections come in flavours like mint, espresso, Nutella (a crowd-pleaser), burfee, smoked mocha, Bombay crush and bubble gum (R15 each). Sugarlicious also serves a French kisses range, which are dipped in Belgian chocolate. Flavours in this range include Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello-inspired (R20 each).

Wicked Donuts (Westville and Durban North)

This fun gourmet doughnut store sells sweet sensations with both classic and creative flavours. Traditional options like sugar-and-cinnamon and glazed doughnuts are available, or opt for the decadent filled options at R16 to R18 each. The gourmet rings, however, are the stars of the show, with options like the Cookie Monster, topped with chocolate ganache and Oreos; crème brûlée topped with white chocolate ganache and burnt sugar; or Turkish delight topped with pink rose water glaze and crushed pistachios.

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