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Five Spots for Afternoon Tea in Melbourne

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Published September 28th 2016
Something I personally love is winding down on a weekend afternoon with some desserts and snacks.

I have a big sweet tooth and I love my tea/coffee, so here are some places that will satisfy these afternoon tea cravings!

1. The Roundabout Cafe: 220 Yarra St, Warrandyte
Literally located next to a busy roundabout in Warrandyte, this cosy little cafe will make you feel welcome.

It's owned by a Jamaican woman, so the cafe has the usual items, but also some Jamaican inspired dishes. She also bakes the scones and slices on display.

the roundabout cafe, warrandyte
Orange slice and scones

We enjoyed an orange slice with whipped cream, a plain scone and a date scone. The date scone was surprisingly delicious. They were evidently popular, as we bought the last ones.

I also had a Belgian hot chocolate. The owner said she went a bit overboard with the chocolate but I didn't mind. There was chocolate on the sides and at the bottom of my cup - no complaints at all! Just to add to the relaxing nature, you can head down and wander along the river to complete your afternoon.

warrandyte river
Yarra River across the road from the cafe

Take a look at their menu here.

2. Jam and Cream: 1 Orr St, Heidelberg Heights
If you are looking for scones of all kinds, this is your place. If you are coming for tea, bring your friends and order a Nanna's Platter of ten baby scones.

jam and cream
The Nanna's Platter

The cafe will provide a selection of sweet and savoury scones and a pot of tea for you to devour.

jam and cream
The pink caravan at the back

The decor goes for a vintage look, with a pink caravan at the back, colourful chairs and a photo booth.

3. Rustica Canteen: 33 Guildford Ln, Melbourne
If you're spending your day in the city, you have a wide range of places to drop by for a cuppa and sweets.

rustica canteen
Tough decisions

Lucky for you, the popular Rustica Sourdough opened a CBD branch last year called Rustica Canteen. It serves brunch but also has a wide selection of pastries and sweets on offer.

rustica canteen
A delicious haul of goodies

They are well known for their cronuts (croissant/doughnut hybrids) and croissants. I would especially recommend the Ispahan croissant (the pink one) - it has an exceptionally floral flavour and tastes delicious.

rustica canteen
The famous Ispahan croissant

4. Eat a Scroll: 76 Smith St, Collingwood
You can probably guess, but Eat a Scroll makes a variety of cinnamon scrolls, with flavour toppings from Nutella to cream cheese.

eat a scroll
A lemon and blueberry scroll - you might find them stocked in various cafes!

But I get even more excited by their cruffins - a croissant/muffin hybrid. Some of their flavours are seasonal but I've enjoyed a raspberry cheesecake and seen matcha, banana and passionfruit versions.

eat a scroll
A tempting selection of cruffins

The crispy croissant texture and burst of sweetness definitely makes an enjoyable afternoon treat.

5. Bibelot: 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne
Bibelot is the dessert child of popular cafe Chez Dre. They serve individual cakes, macarons, ice-cream, chocolate and more.

Chocolates galore

Once again, the best value is the platter - a compilation of mini cakes, macarons and chocolate.

The Gourmandaise Board - a selection of desserts

They also stay open late Friday and Saturday if your cravings extend past the afternoon! See their full menu here.
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Why? Find out some of the best places to wind down over afternoon tea
Where: Various locations in Melbourne
Cost: $5-$20
Your Comment
A good selection Mon across a wide area. The cruffins certainly sound interesting.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 1410 days ago
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