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Melbourne's Best Sweet Indulgences of 2011

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Published December 21st 2011
Melbourne's Best Sweet Indulgences of 2011

The sweet treats Melbourne has come to know and love even more in 2011, and not in any particular order. And it is looking like that trend will continue in 2012 and beyond...


Melbourne does not have Adriano Zumbo, however the quality of the macaroons we have available makes up for this. Think LuxBite and Puccinos and your in for a sweet treat. The macaroon sensation has taken hold to the point that even Woolworths at the QV Centre occasionally sells macaroons near the far right self service checkout area; roughly for around $8 for a pack of 10. Cute, flavoursome and oh so sweet. Yet such an inexpensive, less guilty and simple (and of course a popular) treat.


Just have to love David Jones' Food Hall at Bourke Street Mall. The range of Byron Bay Cookies for sale are just fantastic. And every time I have visited Subway anywhere in Melbourne City, the people in front of me always go for a cookie or three in addition to purchasing their sub. I tend to do this too. Especially for the raspberry cheesecake cookie, it is oh so different.


Melbourne loves their doughnuts more than any other capital city. Having Krispy Kreme still open while Sydney have virtually shut down all of their Krispy Kreme stores is a sign that Melbourne occasionally love their occasional doughnut or two. The litmus test? Just go to Queen Victoria Market on a Sunday afternoon and by 2pm the iconic doughnut van has sold out of hot cinnamon doughnuts. I rest my case.


My biggest vice anyway, not sure about you. Melbourne also loves chocolate as much as they love their other sweet treats. Think about the Lindt Chocolate Cafes; Melbourne scored their fourth Lindt Chocolat Cafe at Southgate in October equalling Sydney's number. And they attract the crowds too. There is Haigh's at The Block Arcade as well.


Melbourne is also renowned for its fashion and culture. Think Chapel Street in South Yarra, and High Street in Armadale for the latest fashions. Also popular shopping hubs include the popular Bourke Street Mall (why not, we have free street entertainment to keep us happy) among DFO at South Wharf, the more elegant Block Arcade and Australia on Collins; ironically where "Melbourne loves to shop." Us Melburnians know how to reward ourselves for our hard work.


We have come to love our parks. Think the Royal Botanic Gardens and Yarra Park and you know where I am coming from. We have great parks around us from Flagstaff Gardens to Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Ice Cream

Melbourne do like their ice cream. Only a few months ago Southbank (along the Yarra Promenade) only had one ice cream outlet. Now we have three, including the newly opened Lindt Chocolat Cafe at Southgate. And the gelato from an ice cream van at Williamstown Beach was the best gelato I have ever tried.

And Melbourne is also blessed to offer its residents a great range of nightlife options and meditation classes among its cultural events and activities which can also be sweet indulgences in itself.

My first year living in Melbourne (from Sydney) has been terrific. Looking forward to what 2012 will bring.
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Why? The best sweet indulgences in Melbourne for 2011
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Where: Melbourne City, South Yarra, Southbank and Armadale
Cost: Depending on treat/s
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