The outfit's macarons are baked fresh every day with the best available ingredients. Hence, it is no surprise they turn out the way every macaron should be: With slightly crispy yet yielding shells, complete with light and airy ganache.
Ask me which flavours to try and I’ll tell you to buy one of every flavour. But if you are really on such a tight budget, go for the salted caramel and raspberry flavours. The raspberry has such a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Bite into it at first and you get a subtle hint of raspberry; continue nibbling and you’ll find a delightful raspberry jam centre. The salted caramel is made from the best salt in France.
For just AUD4 extra, you can get a beautiful gift box for your macarons. These boxes are super similar to the ones from Laduree in France, and are wonderful keepsakes for just about anything.
Best of all, La Belle Miette is located in the Melbourne CBD. Just one more reason to treat yourself after work!
La Belle Miette
30 Hardware Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
Open Mon to Fri 10am - 6pm (or until sold out), and Sat 10am - 3pm
A trip to Australia would not be complete without Fish and Chips!
For the complete fish and chips experience, head down to Clamms Fast Fish at St Kilda, and soak up the sun and sea as you tuck into your meal. Note: In winter, sit in the comfort and warmth of Clamms’ while devouring your fish and chips instead.
Clamms is known for its unpretentious fish and chips. In its display window, you could get a glimpse of the day’s catch, before making your choice once inside.
Clamms prides itself by using only cold-filtered rice bran oil – with a high smoke point and almost tasteless – perfect for preserving the freshness of the seafood without compromising on taste.
The batter is light and crispy, almost like tempura. It also doesn’t turn soggy easily. No matter how long you take to finish the giant piece of fish, it stays crisp just for you.
If you are after a healthier option, they offer grilled fish as well. The friendly guys behind the counter will advise you on which fish is best for frying and which are best for grilling, so you’ll get the best fish of the day.
Clamms also serve fresh oysters. Fresh oysters so tender, sweet and succulent, they are irresistible. Plus, these only set us back by AUD18 for a dozen, making it one of the best indulgences.
If the weather permits, ask to take your fish and chips away in a paper bag and enjoy your meal by the sea, which is a 200m walk away. Do beware of wandering seagulls who will be extremely keen to steal your food from you though!
Clamms Fast Fish
142 Acland Street
St Kilda, VIC 3182
Open Daily, 9am-9pm
Where A Girl Goes is the brainchild of Cristina Re, who first started out with a stationery brand before expanded the range to include scrapbooking materials now stocked in over 1000 stores in Australia and New Zealand. Thankfully, the entrepreneurial lady knew girls would want more, and Where A Girl Goes was born.
Romantic and girly, it looks like an English tearoom without being too fussy or proper. One could dress up or dress down for a meal at the restaurant, depending on occasion.
Where A Girl Goes is also a lifestyle store, chock-full of beautiful paper, stationery, and household products. Each product is carefully chosen, and one is sure to be easily distracted and tempted by the beauty of the range.
Their Gourmet High Tea is a mix of sweet and savoury treats, served on a three-tier platter. The topmost tier was filled with mini cupcakes, macarons, and handcrafted chocolates.
Next up, warm scones was served with clotted cream and raspberry jam, a quintessential part of any high tea.
Finally, on the bottommost tier was an assortment of sandwiches: Chicken, smoked salmon, and cucumber to fill the rumbling tummies.
Also included in the Gourmet High Tea are two hot drinks. There are various organic loose leaf teas one can choose from, as well as espresso coffee and a Belgian hot chocolate.
While the food at Where A Girl Goes is not spectacular by any standard, the experience is different to a typical high tea served at a prestigious hotel. Girls need not worry about being silly and having a jolly good time, especially with everything on display. Phototaking will be incessant, especially with such beautiful adornments all around the room. Service is prompt and friendly too.
Where A Girl Goes stands out too, as they offer scrapbooking workshops in conjunction with high teas. For AUD75, you can arrange to have tea with a group of friends while learning to make beautiful crafts.
Lastly, if you are looking to do some shopping for an upcoming wedding, Cristina Re’s Wedding Range might just be what you are looking for. Beautiful stationery is her specialty, and just like her store, her creations are equally stunning.
From embossed envelopes to wax seals, you’ll leave the store inspired even if you leave empty-handed.