Melbourne is one of the food and shopping capitals of Australia and a city I adore for it’s vibrant culture and variety of cuisines just as much as it’s hipster and slightly earthy roots. When one street is filled with the high-class pastries of Darren Purchese and the next, with alleyways filled with corner bars and lounges, it’s easy to see why people flock to this beautiful city for a culinary get-away.
Burch and Purchese – South Yarra
Darren Purchese and his team make perfection cleverly disguised as dessert. When describing the sheer wonder and decadence of this sweet studio, there are few words that can accurately portray the overwhelming sense of magnificence and impending sugar coma when you enter its doors. An incredible amount of restraint is required not to buy one of everything, and whatever you choose will leave you wondering how on earth they do it. Incredible and utterly inspiring, my life goal is to visit B&P every time I visit Melbourne until the day I succumb to type 2 diabetes.
Adriano Zumbo Patissier – South Yarra
I simply cannot fault the desserts – Zumbo is an absolute genius and god’s gift to women with sugar cravings. The service however was rubbish, as the girl behind the counter was obviously having a bad day and wanting to close the store quickly. We weren’t even allowed to sit down as she wanted to clean the tables (note – we flew down from Brisbane to visit. Not happy Jan.) HOWEVER our wonderfully calorie-laden haul of delights made up for it and all grievances were quickly forgotten once the hyperglycaemia kicked in!
Self Preservation – Melbourne CBD
They may look like a simple wine bar but oh they are so much more than that. A cosy cafe-like nook of a venue but with restaurant quality plating, friendly service and a polished menu with refined flavours, these guys were an absolute delight to visit!
Tom, Dick and Harry – South Yarra
If you’re a fan of hipster flair but with a classier, more refined look (think Armani with a man-bun), then give Tom, Dick and Harry a try. We stumbled across this delightful nook while meandering around as tourists and after walking the 5km from the city, the generous serving of coffee and flavoursome and filling brunch we were greeted with was welcomed with open arms (and stomachs). Beautiful, fresh and fun, these guys are worth a visit!
The Mess Hall – Melbourne CBD
Polenta chips and beetroot gnocchi – need I say more? Giving ‘modern Italian’ a thorough run for it’s money, The Mess Hall is fabulous on flavour without being pretentious (and without the ridiculous price tag). A firm favourite for sure!
We visited in ‘peak hour’ when there was a massive line but we were served quickly and rewarded with the best ice-cream in Melbourne. Anzac biscuit gelato? Be still my beating heart!!