16 October 2023

Deliciously different new dessert bar hitting the sweet spot

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga’s newest dessert bar, owned and operated by Dalia Halawani, has already seen customers praise its distinctive atmosphere. Photo: Jarryd Rowley.

Although Wagga’s newest dessert bar has been open for only six weeks, Sweeties has already won sweet tooths over with its delicious acai desserts, its bright yet relaxed setting and its fantastic balcony.

For Sweetie owner Dalia Halawani, it’s all about creating a unique space for friends and family to relax while enjoying desserts they may have never experienced before.

“I want this to be a family-friendly place,” Dalia said.

“It’s a place where people can come together and enjoy a coffee on the balcony, and create memories while enjoying a coffee, some sweet juice, a soft serve or an acai dessert.”

Creating a unique sweet menu was important for Dalia.

She said one of the biggest motivations for opening the venue was for people in Wagga to try food and drink that they wouldn’t find anywhere else in the city.

“Coming to Sweetie should be an experience. It’s about trying a new thing in a special place,” she said.

When naming her venue, Dalia spent time considering something short and sharp that also reflected her products.

“Sweetie is so easy to say but also a name that people can remember,” she said.

“You come to Sweetie for something sweet. I think that’s simple but memorable.”

Asked what separated her venue from others in Wagga, Dalia pointed out that Sweetie was one of the few to offer desserts and coffee with a seating arrangement.

“Once the day is finished on a Friday or a Saturday, there aren’t a lot of places to enjoy sweet or cold food,” she said.

“Here, we also offer coffee from 9 in the morning to nine o’clock at night. We are open Friday and Saturday evenings, which is proving to be quite a popular time for a lot of people.”

Sweetie sits above another new Lebanese-inspired venue, Habibi Chicken. The businesses have said their partnership and being so close to one another have attracted more people through both locations’ doors.

“A lot of people have enjoyed having lunch or dinner downstairs before coming upstairs,” Dalia said.

“It has been so nice to see people enjoying food on the balcony and then coming to order a soft serve or a drink. It has been really good working with Habibi.”

Dalia is encouraging people to organise their Christmas functions sooner rather than later, before the venue books out for the December break.

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“We’ve had some really popular events here already, including parties and even a baby shower,” she said.

“We have already started to receive Christmas parties and work functions.”

Sweetie’s unique and tasty menu is complemented by the fantastic view that can be enjoyed from the balcony. So whether you are looking to try a refreshing acai ice cream or a delicious fruit cocktail, Sweetie has you covered.

“If you drive by and haven’t visited us yet, we are in a brilliant and accessible part of the city, so please come in and enjoy the experience,” Dalia said.

Sweetie is open 9 am – 9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – and from 9 am until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. You can keep up with them via their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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