Just a 20 minute tram ride from the city lies the eclectic, vibrant village of St Kilda, an area rich with multi-cultural heritage, peppered with exciting nightlife, fine dining, beach side charm, a bohemian slant and a decadent array of mouth watering cake shops.
For those with a sweet tooth, a trip down Acland Street means a treat for the senses - the sunset over the beach is visually arresting whilst the music of buskers, trams and chatter is your soundtrack. The smell of the freshly baked cakes begins to tickle your nose as you embark on your Acland adventure, starting at the Luna Park end of Acland Street, grab a fork and get ready for a sugar rush!
Perfect for a re-energise after the Sunday Markets, drinks at the Espy or taking the kids to Luna Park, all shops are open 7 days until late.
This tour is best done with 4 or more companions, so you can share a one cake slice per shop and get a taster of each cafe's speciality or signature cake.
First on the lane is the sophisticated Europa, a tasty start to your cake tasting trail. As with all the shops, a wide array greets you in the window, but here you'd be a fool not to try the homemade croissants, which can't be beaten for their buttery delicate texture, the multiple layers of pastry melting in your mouth.
We did this tour when we visited Melbourne in July. We really enjoyed it, though did end up rather full of delicious cake! It was fun buying cakes suggested by someone else because it led me to try different things than I would have purchased had I just walked in and that made it a fun experience - thanks.