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Best Cheap Treats in Melbourne City

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Published September 21st 2012
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Ready to tuck into this cheap treat

You don't need to go the full glitz and glamour to enjoy a simple treat in the city. Some of these ideas are so simple, yet you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy the simple treats that make the world of difference in the city. The simple things in life, and in the city of culture are often the best. You don't need to spend too much money in order to spoil yourself.

1. Cupcakes at Studio Coffee, DFO South Wharf

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Delicious, cheap cupcake at Studio Coffee

Although this treat is more in the Southbank area, it is still only a short stroll from the city centre. Their sponge cupcakes with a chocolate coating are only $3 a pop, and makes way for a filling snack. If you need to overcome your sweet cravings once and for all on any given day, then you've hit the sweet spot jackpot here. The M&M pieces are also a finishing touch. A word of warning, the icing can be incredibly sweet, yet a filling treat. Great for those afternoon slumps in particular.

2. Pizza at Swanston Walk Cafe Bar

Hawaiian pizza from Swanston St

The perfect pit stop on a late Saturday night after nightclubbing or having a few drinks. It is amazing that you can still buy a fresh, piping hot slice of pizza for only $1.50 a slice, even at 11pm on a Saturday night. This establishment gets quite busy. This slice of heaven hits the spot when you're in between meals and a bit on the hungry side. The best pizza's here are the hawaiian, the margherita and the lamb with tzatziki.

3. Small Green Tea Latte at Starbucks, on Bourke or Swanston Streets

Green tea latte at Starbucks with 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi

A small coffee here will provide you with some comfy couch space if you're lucky. If you miss out on one of those most coveted couch spots, then at least you have 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi to compliment your cheap treat. A popular hang out spot for university students in particular, whether you go to the Starbucks near Bourke Street Mall opposite Target, or you go to the one on Swanston Street opposite the QV - these Starbucks outlets are popular. People tend to hang around for a while, especially on the sofas and even with just a small coffee here.

4. Jam Doughnuts at Flinders Street Station

Jam doughnut at Flinders St

For $1.80 a pop, a filling jam treat is enjoyed. Head to the bakery opposite Federation Square. This treat confirms why Melbourne loves its doughnuts.

For other cheap treats, especially for the cute drinks, you can't go wrong with buying a few Japanese snacks at Daiso on Bourke Street Mall. If you come up with any other cheap treats that can be enjoyed in Melbourne city, then please feel free to share by leaving a comment on this article. Enjoy.
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Why? For the best cheap treats in Melbourne City
When: When in need for a cheap pick me up
Where: Melbourne City, various locations
Cost: $1.50 to $4.50 depending on cheap treat/s chosen
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