Everybody knows that holidays are a time to forget your diet and indulge a little (or a lot). So, we've put together some of the top spots that you can grab a sweet treat during your next trip to Melbourne.
Located at 2/157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Golden Fields offers four stunning desserts that you can sample on their own or as the finishing touch to a delectable dinner.
You are invited to choose between the vanilla, rose or lychee baked meringue; peanut butter parfait, with salted caramel and soft chocolate; baked tapioca and vanilla custard brulee; and house-made sorbet, which is $4 a scoop.
This swanky restaurant is open until midnight, and there are several car parks located nearby – so feel free to drive to Golden Fields in your rental car from the Melbourne airport.
Estelle Bar and Kitchen
Awarded "One Chef's Hat" by the Age Good Food Guide 2013, Estelle Bar and Kitchen provides a modern and relaxed environment in which to enjoy a sumptuous dessert.
This modest eatery can be found at 243 High Street, Northcote, which is about a 17-minute drive from Melbourne's city centre.
The three options listed under the "Sweet" category are chocolate, passionfruit and coconut; sour cream, pumpkin and salted caramel; and pineapple, coriander and white chocolate.
We're not quite sure what kind of desserts these unusual flavour combinations create, but we're definitely intrigued and encourage you to find out!
Every Thursday, Pierre Francois Roelofs and his team of highly trained chefs take over Cafe Rosamond, which is located at 191A Smith Street, Fitzroy, and host a delightful dessert evening.
A decadent four-hours of eating (from 19:00 to 23:00) await you here. You'll be treated to one, two or three courses, and some trendy "dessert tubes" to boot.
The menu changes every week, so you won't know what you're getting until its placed in front of you. Pierre also doesn't take bookings, so make sure you get there early.
He also offers gift vouchers, so why not buy one for that dessert-lover in your life, grab a rental car in Melbourne and drive to Cafe Rosamond?
Pie in the Sky
This cafe may be about an hour's drive from downtown Melbourne, but it is definitely worth the epic journey.
Pie in the Sky has a sweet selection of tasty treats, including homemade cakes (served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream), apple spring rolls (served with ice cream, chocolate sauce and cinnamon sugar), and ice cream with your choice of topping.
We also recommend their wildly popular Devonshire Tea, which gives you the coffee or tea of your choice and "two of the best scones in the Dandenongs", smothered with fresh cream and jam made on the premises.
So, punch 43 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda, into your GPS (which you can hire from East Coast Car Rentals) and get ready for some great grub.
La Belle Miette
Last, but certainly not least, La Belle Miette is the one-and-only place to go for macarons.
These delicate French biscuits have taken the world by storm recently, and if you taste one of La Belle Miette's, you'll soon discover why! They only use the best ingredients, sourcing all of their chocolate, for instance, from Cacao Barry in France and Callebaut in Belgium.
Typically macarons come in a wide variety of classic and not-so-classic dessert flavours. This store honours that tradition, offering your standard chocolate, raspberry, lemon and vanilla biscuits, as well as lavender, rose, and violet and blueberry macarons.
Find them at 30 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, or visit their pop-up store in the Chadstone Shopping Centre.