Immigrants from Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and other parts of the Middle East have had no small influence on Australian culture since the 1950’s, and today, it’s easy to find both traditional and modern delights around town, from second and third generation Middle Eastern Australians. To finish our exploration of the origins of the new CONNOISSEUR King Cyrus flavour, try these spots for the sweet stuff.

Abla Patisserie
425 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill
(02) 9518 1812
Abla is a sweet old institution in Dulwich Hill. They have a knockout selection of treats here, such as baklava, pistachio bird’s nests and walnut semolina slice. For only a dollar or two you can get your sugar hit here, and wash it down afterwards with a strong Turkish coffee.

79 Elliott Street, Balmain
(02) 9810 5466
This spot in Balmain is the place to come for a slice of Istanbul in Sydney. Sit in for their Regional Anatolian Feast, try a Keskul, or come on a Sunday morning for a traditional Turkish breakfast.

Cafe Mint
579 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9319 0848
Here you'll find a menu packed with North African and Middle Eastern-style dishes, for those who like their brunch with a kick.

Kepos Street Kitchen
96 Kepos Street, Redfern
(02) 9319 3919
This Middle-Eastern inspired corner café in Redfern is famous for their tabouleh salad and piquant homemade jam.

bills Surry Hills
359 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9360 4762
You may not often visit bills for Middle-Eastern flavours, but look out for the white chocolate and pistachio pavlova, with rhubarb and rosewater cream, it's not to be missed.

Brickfields Bakery and Café
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Come to Brickfields for the freshly baked bread, stay for the Persian love cake.

This piece was produced in partnership with the new CONNOISSEUR Empire Collection, which includes the 'King Cyrus of Persia’ ice cream with pistachio, cinnamon, honey and date.

View our entire Empire flavour exploration here.