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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats
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The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats

Before the month is out, we’ll all be inundated with chocolate goodies of varying shapes and sizes. Yes, Easter time is here, and that means it’s time to start deciding what kinds of treats you’ll be buying as gifts, and which ones will be kept for your own consumption. We don’t want to knock the mass-produced eggs and bunnies – they’re great – but seeing as we’re committed to indulging properly, we’d prefer to splash out on the artisan sweets. If you agree, then you’ll get a kick out of the varied Easter treats available around Brisbane this year. more

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Jocelyn's Provisions
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley
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Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley

It’s not uncommon to see a throng of dessert seekers jostling for viewing position in front of the cabinets at Gelato Messina’s South Brisbane store. The creamery’s first Brisbane location has been busy since it first opened its doors, but those fed up with bumping elbows for a taste now have another spot to get their Gelato Messina fix. This week the sought-after name opened a modish new location off James Street, hawking its drool-worthy selection right near The Calile Hotel. more

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Jocelyn's Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane
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Jocelyn’s Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane

For most of its existence, Jocelyn’s Provisions has always had a presence on James Street. Even during the temporary displacement of its long-running flagship during construction of The Calile Hotel, Jocelyn's kept the flame alive at its pop-up space near Gerard's Bar. With construction now complete, the famed purveyor of mouth-watering baked goods is back in its rightful place, reaping the rewards of patience as the first tenant to open on James Street’s new foodie strip Ada Lane. Friday March 8 saw Jocelyn’s Provisions open its revamped James Street spot, showcasing its decadent treats and savoury snacks from within a chic shopfront. more

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Miss Sophia's Gelateria brings Froot-Loop gelato and chocolate fountains to Kedron
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Miss Sophia’s Gelateria brings Froot-Loop gelato and chocolate fountains to Kedron

Kedron cafe Farm House has been a stalwart of the suburb’s dining scene, and now owner Amanda Scott has doubled up on the local love, establishing an authentic gelato spot right next door. Miss Sophia’s Gelateria is bringing a dash of whimsy and fantasy to Kedron, blending traditional Italian techniques with imaginative flavour pairings and blessing the suburb with a colourful array of decadent treats. more

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Popular patisserie Flour & Chocolate opens up new digs in Northgate
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Popular patisserie Flour & Chocolate opens up new digs in Northgate

It’s not unusual to see a line of hungry patrons weaving out the door to Flour and Chocolate's Morningside patisserie. There’s a valid reason why people choose to line up regardless of weather – the treats in the cabinets and on the shelves are just too damn delicious. Owners Kylie and Lachlan Scott have noticed the lines (and how far many of you travel for a taste of their products) and decided it was high time to expand. Flour and Chocolate has opened a larger patisserie in Northgate, boasting a bigger kitchen to cater for demand of its decadent doughnuts, oven-fresh bagels, tantalising tarts and salivation-worthy savoury quiches. more

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Soak up the sunshine at West End's new local SoBa social
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Soak up the sunshine at West End’s new local SoBa social

Remember the days when life was completely carefree? You'd get home from school and swing by the neighbour's house unannounced, where the gate was always open for an ice-cold cordial and backyard fun. Now that you've likely traded school for work and you've got a little more on your mind/schedule, backyard fun is probably not so high on the agenda – but that doesn't mean it should be completely forgotten. West End's new neighbourhood hang SoBa social is bringing back wholesome backyard fun, but the refreshments are a little more grown up. more

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Holey smokes! Doughnut Time is back with four new stores
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Holey smokes! Doughnut Time is back with four new stores

Doughnut Time’s shocking collapse left many stunned in its aftermath. Out of nowhere we were stricken by the sudden absence of the brand’s delightfully sweet treats, which had become a nation-wide phenomenon seemingly overnight. Enterprising gent Pete Andros couldn’t sit idly by and let a good thing fade away so quickly – not when hordes of doughnut lovers were left wanting. Pete has picked up the Doughnut Time baton, rejuvenating the brand and relaunching it with four new stores across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, complete with a collection of classic Doughnut Time flavours and some inventive additions. more


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Save room for sweets – The Stand is now serving dessert and drinks at California Lane
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Save room for sweets – The Stand is now serving dessert and drinks at California Lane

We’ve paced past the mint-green and pink entryway to California Lane so many times now it’s becoming weird, but we can’t help it. Ever since we heard The Stand was bringing deconstructed desserts and cocktails to Fortitude Valley’s newest laneway, we figured we’d need to stop in and sample straight away. The colourful and charming corner nook has finally opened at the perfect time – just before summer sends us seeking shade, sweet treats and cool drinks. more

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New Farm Confectionery's Newstead flagship is choc-full of experimental treats
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New Farm Confectionery’s Newstead flagship is choc-full of experimental treats

You don’t need to work very hard to find out if we love sweets – just place some chocolate in our vicinity and watch it rapidly disappear before your eyes. When we’re in the mood to spoil ourselves rotten (nearly always), New Farm Confectionery is one of our first stops. Chocolatier Jodie Neilson has been dishing out gorgeous looking (and tasting) treats since 2013, and has recently unveiled the new home of her thriving confectionery empire. New Farm Confectionery in Newstead not only offers a charming shopfront for those fixin’ for a sweet snack, but with a larger kitchen space the brand is committed to pushing the boundaries of its craft even further. more

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Madders Brothers Patisserie sweetens up Brisbane City with its luxe flagship
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Madders Brothers Patisserie sweetens up Brisbane City with its luxe flagship

Desserts are clearly the most decadent avenue for those with a sweet tooth, but you can’t say you’ve lived unless you’ve savoured some of this city’s best. Patisserie pioneers Madders Brothers are giving sweet treats the ultra-luxe treatment they deserve, opening a lush flagship location in the heart of Brisbane City. With a plush design to match the high-quality treats, this spot is making five-star treats more accessible than they’ve ever been. more

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Fall in love with I Heart Brownies' retro bakery in Bowen Hills
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Fall in love with I Heart Brownies’ retro bakery in Bowen Hills

The quickest way to our heart is with a box of sweet treats, and if we’re being picky, the best treats to charm us come from I Heart Brownies. We know were not alone in this – I Heart Brownies has grown by leaps and bounds since wooing Brisbane over with its signature artisan, gooey, gluten free and heart-shaped treats, and now the booming operation has just opened a new cafe and bakery in Bowen Hills. I Heart Brownies is now pumping out moreish brownies by the thousand, maintaining its unparalleled quality and pairing them with creamy milkshakes and decadent sundaes. more

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Breakfast ramen or late-night treats – the choice is yours at The New Black and Cakes and Shit
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Breakfast ramen or late-night treats – the choice is yours at The New Black and Cakes and Shit

Fortitude Valley's Bakery Lane has just scored itself a new sweet spot – but this isn't your average coffee and cake situation. The brains behind Coolangatta’s Black Lab Coffee have opened up a new flagship cafe in the heart of the entertainment district, offering a distinctive selection of eats and a comprehensive specialty coffee selection. That’s not all – treat seekers can also satiate their sugary cravings at sassy new cake store and bar Cakes and Shit, where the only thing sweet is the dessert. more

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Taste the sweetness from Brisbane’s new mobile dessert dispensary Gelato à go-go
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Taste the sweetness from Brisbane’s new mobile dessert dispensary Gelato à go-go

Although the summer days are waning, gelato season is a year-round occurrence for us perpetually hot Queenslanders. A hot-to-trot food truck is set to hit the streets of Brisbane this week, slinging scoops of gourmet gelato almost directly into our mouths and we can’t wait. Gelato à go-go is putting wheels to asphalt and dispensing Italian-inspired desserts from a smartly appointed and beautifully restored vehicle. more

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Hot scoop! Ungermann Brothers opens its swingin' new ice-cream parlour
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Hot scoop! Ungermann Brothers opens its swingin’ new ice-cream parlour

The last time we saw Ben Ungermann, he was winning our hearts (and subsequently breaking them) as the eventual runner-up on 2017’s series of MasterChef. After his hugely successful run on television, Ben immediately set out capitalising on his star turn by opening up one of the most anticipated dessert destinations with his brother Danny. The boys have recently opened up Ungermann Brothers Ice-Cream parlour in Ipswich, immediately winning us over again with a killer range of icy treats. more

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Fortitude Valley's DoughLord eyes Brisbane's dessert crown
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Fortitude Valley’s DoughLord eyes Brisbane’s dessert crown

Brisbane’s dessert scene is booming, which is great, except for the fact that it’s hard to decide which treat you should blow your dough on when the cravings strike. DoughLord is the newest entrant in the fight for your patronage, and it is making a great argument in its own favour with a flavoursome range of edible cookie dough. That’s right – you no longer have to run the risk of an upset stomach eating the pre-packaged stuff. DoughLord’s dough is safe to eat and comes packed with a range of toppings and soft-serve ice-cream to boot. more

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Ditch the roses – Sweety’s Treat Boxes are a gift worth giving
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Ditch the roses – Sweety’s Treat Boxes are a gift worth giving

At this time of year, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find the perfect gift. It’s not just the festive period we do this in, either. Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries – the opportunities for gift giving are nearly endless. One thing almost everyone can enjoy is a big ol’ box of doughnuts and assorted confectionary, which is why Sweety’s Treat Boxes is a big deal. This new doughnut delivery service has just launched in Brisbane, and is distributing a huge amount of tasty treats – even the covetable doughnut bouquets – just in time for Christmas. more