It's hard to believe Doughnut Time only had its beginnings last year in Brisbane. Almost exactly a year later, Doughnut Time made its way to Melbourne, opening its first Victorian store on Degraves Street. It's rapidly expanding here too, with the Windsor store being the most recent branch. The colourful, hand-dipped doughnuts are made offsite then delivered to the stores as soon as they're ready. There are conventional ones, like original glazed and jam and cream, but they are perhaps more well known for their unique varieties decked out...

Aqua S brings their signature sea salt soft serve over from Sydney, along with their famous Instagram-ready cloud wallpaper. The other flavours are changed every two weeks, and could be anything from pandan to matcha, blueberry to shortbread. Half-half with sea salt can also be done if you want a bit of both. Pick between having your ice cream to be in a cone or cup, then choose up to four toppings. You might have popping candy, a palmier biscuit, popcorn, a cloud of fairy floss or grilled marshmallows stuck in with chocolate-coated Pocky. The...

Waffles are making an appearance in cafes all over Melbourne, but not many places can claim to specialise in waffles. Sweet options are aplenty, but how about savoury ones? Not too easy to come by. Enter Horse on Heels, where we can now find both of these things. It has nondescript frontage, at least for now, but look out for the black-gated entrance of the brown brick Graham Engineering Co workshop, and you'll soon find yourself in a waffle oasis. The three owners, all being born in the year...

Shoppers can get their chocolate fix right at Emporium at the family-owned Chokolait. A range of hand-crafted chocolates, cakes, ice creams, desserts and drinks are available for selection at this small boutique.Various dessert 'indulgences' can be purchased individually. Alternatively, you can experience a tasting platter instead. We go for the latter. Ours includes moist chocolate mud cake and a sticky date pudding, both served with a single scoop of vanilla ice cream. ...

I'm not exactly sure why, but I've always had a preference for gelato over ice cream. Maybe it's the smoother texture or the different mouth-feel, or maybe even just the nostalgia that's attached to it. Whatever the case, it's been exciting to see more and more premium gelateria popping up around Melbourne. Since I was passing through the Northern suburbs, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try one that's been on my list since it opened. During the daytime, a breakfast and lunch cafe menu is served at...

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