HOT: Koko Black, Shop 4 Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke St, Melbourne

In need of a chocolate boost, I ducked into the artisan chocolatier Koko Black and discovered that they’ve developed a product which taps into a lucrative market – students. I remember that as a uni student, I would regularly take a Fruit ‘n’ Nut into lectures, as it helped me to stay awake under a […]

HOT: Phillippa’s Breads, 1030 High St, Armadale

Philippa Grogan is the doyenne of her eponymous artisanal bakeries in Melbourne, and her breads and pastries are right at home in chi-chi Armadale. Although I really did fancy one of her expensive cakes for lunch, I opted instead for a pasty ($7.50) as I was starving and in need of carbs. It was an […]

HOT: Ganache Chocolate Lounge, 250 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

The master chocolatier from Koko Black has defected to South Yarra to open his own chocolate store and cafe, Ganache Chocolate Lounge. The cafe tables and leather sofa make a cosy retreat from the South Yarra shopping strips and the selection of handmade chocolates and gelatos are a nice alternative to a restaurant dessert. For […]

HOT: Max Brenner, Level 2, QV Square, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Is this the beginning of an outrageous new trend in Australia – charging extra for eating and drinking on a weekend? The 10% surchage that Max Brenner slap onto your bill on the weekends didn’t seem to deter the hoards of people, mostly young and Asian, queueing up for their dose of chocolate as they […]

HOT: Babka Bakery Cafe, 358 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

When I was a kid, every trip to Melbourne involved a pilgrimage to McDonalds because I was deprived of filet-o-fish and fried apple pies in deepest, darkest Tassie. When I grew up, every trip to Melbourne involved a pilgrimage to Babka Bakery Cafe because I loved the food and the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere. I was […]

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