(Melbourne) A La Folie Patisserie

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A La Folie Patisserie is a cafe that is popular for its macarons and other various desserts, and is situated on the trendy shopping precinct of Chapel Street in South Yarra. As we were walking along the area on a lazy afternoon, my family and I decided to try out the macarons and coffee here since the desserts were so colorfully presented on the display window. Although the coffee didn’t live up to expectations, the macarons were delectable and I hope to try out the other desserts here someday. A La Folie Patisserie is opened everyday and is easily accessible – it’s a short walking distance from the South Yarra Station – and even closer to the tram stop at the intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street. The patisserie is also surrounded by numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops, and is an ideal location to take a break after all the walking and shopping.

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(Melbourne) Stokers South Melbourne

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Slept in on a Sunday morning, so I was surprised to find a restaurant/cafe nearby that’s actually opened at late noon, since most shops are closed on Sundays. Stokers is a hidden gem located on Clarendon Street that operates every day. Apparently, it’s still opened until late at night from Tuesday to Sunday as well, which is really convenient. Even though the portion here is small, I was thoroughly fascinated by its signature pancake chips. Definitely returning again to try out the different savory, sweet, and exotic sweet pancakes!

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(Sydney) Max Brenner Chocolate Bar – Westfield

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I’ve been to a few different Max Brenner in Melbourne and Singapore, and I’ve always been quite happy with each experience. I can’t say the same for the Max Brenner here at Sydney’s Westfield Mall, and even though my cousins and I thought the overall experience was decent, it fell short of our expectations. If I had to look at the bright side, I thought that the location was very convenient and highly accessible. It also had a more spacious merchandise section than the one I’m used to in Melbourne, and we enjoyed looking at all the various chocolates and things on display. However, I still felt like it wasn’t worth the value for money especially since the quality was lacking.

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(Melbourne) Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

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I first tried a cake from Burch & Purchese at a friend’s birthday party last year and immediately fell in love with it – to say the desserts here are delicious is an understatement and does not justify their amazingness. Burch & Purchese is located on Chapel Street, a little further away from the most crowded area of the precinct, but just several minutes walk away from South Yarra Station. Chapel Street is known for its shopping and dining, and Burch & Purchese is definitely one of the places there that you’d want to go to try out. The cakes here also vary and change from time to time, so you might come back and find some of the cakes that you’ve tried not on sale anymore. Burch & Purchese also takes orders for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, and it’s definitely in the list of top places that sell the best cakes I’ve ever tried. Reflecting on it now, taking my cousins there for desserts as part of the Melbourne tour was one of the best decisions I’ve made. So proud of myself.

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(Melbourne) Hopetoun Tea Rooms

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Hopetoun Tea Rooms is undoubtedly one of the most popular dessert places in town and if you spot a crowd behind the Collins Street entrance of the Block Arcade, you’ll know you’re at the right place. Famous for its high tea and delectable cakes, which already look so tempting on the display, Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the place to go if you’re looking for great dessert in town and have extra cash to spend. Recently, my cousins came to visit and this was one of the places on my to-go list for food, and we thoroughly enjoyed it here. Situated immediately after the entrance of the Block Arcade when you walk in, Hopetoun Tea Rooms is also strategically located in the heart of the CBD surrounded by other malls and shops along Collins Street, which is constantly bustling with people and well-known for offering a high-end shopping experience. So if you find yourself with a free afternoon (and some money) to spare one day, why not give it a try?

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