We were just exploring this area and found this little local bakery with just 3 tables, but more than 10 kinds of cakes available!
Upon recommendations, we decided to share a baked Jasmine-Yuzu Cheesecake ($6.50), for we wanted something light. We also got ourselves a Flat White ($4.50) and a Tea Wands Chai Masala ($4.50, refillable once).
The unassuming cheesecake was full of delicate jasmine and yuzu fragrance that lingered on after our first bites! The rare jasmine cheese mousse was very light with yuzu bits at the lower half of the cake, and jasmine jelly was sweet and refreshing. The savoury base crust complemented the flavours well. Oooohhh, we were so tempted to have another one!
The tea wand is a clever tea bag that works as a stirrer too! The tea itself was not bad. The coffee was alright.
This place is located in a sleepy HDB neighbourhood, and it was a lovely place for us to just chillax and chit chat. They also offer baking and decorating workshops.
Note: Water is available for free, and credit cards are not accepted here. They have an online shop too.
- Location: 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173 S(100045)
- Website: www.outofthecakebox.com (Facebook)
- Hrs: 12pm – 8:30pm (Tue-Fri), 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 10am – 5pm (Sun)
After our lunch at Sydney Fish Market, Ms I brought us to this place that is popular for cronut, a croissant-doughnut pastry invented by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery.
We shared a Glazed Cronut (A$5). If you do get a chance to try this, try not to cut it to avoid squashing the layers.
While Ms I thought it tasted like a croissant, hubby and I thought it tasted like a doughnut. Guess it did lived up to its name! Haha…
Hubby thought that his skinny Flat White (A$3.50) was just alright, and it was not very strong. My Winter Iced Tea (A$6) was supposed to be spiced Darjeeling with chamomile, lemongrass, and citrus, but the flavours were quite light. They served sparkling water here which we thoroughly enjoyed!
- Location: 6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.brewtownnewtown.com (Facebook)
- Directions: Take the train to Macdonaldtown Station and walk 8mins via Burren Street and WatKin Street
- Hrs: 8am – 4pm
- Reservation: (02) 9247 6371
We chanced upon this part cafe, part stationery shop, that was still opened at night (most cafes in Sydney closed at 4-5pm), and decided to have our after-meal drinks here!
It was a fairly quiet night, and there were a few students studying hard here.
There was a special cake set special for any cakes (usual price A$8) and a drink, so we settled for a Flat White (usual price A$3.50 for regular), Matcha Latte (A$4.50 for regular), and the best-seller Nutella & Oreo Cheesecake (because it looked so cute).
The flat white was bitter and strong. I had a sugar shock when I took the first sip of my matcha latte, and took a few more sips before the matcha bitterness floated up to my taste buds.
The cheesecake in a cup was a good balance of sweet and saltiness. We were pleasantly surprised that it was not very sweet, given its name. And of course, the matcha latte did not taste sweet anymore after eating the cheesecake, haha!
This place also sells a variety of cute stationery near the order counter. Overall, an interesting and cosy cafe to chill out.
- Location: 708 George Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: mysweetmemory.com.au
- Directions: Take the train to Central Station or take the Light Rail to Capitol Square and walk along George Street.
- Hrs: 8:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 8:30am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat)
Our final supper for the day was at San Churro Chocolateria, which as the name suggested, is a place for chocolate and churros. On a Monday night, it was very crowded! The Melburnians (or perhaps the Australians in general) really like chocolate stuff.
It was a little difficult to find this tiny cafe, for the shop front was not visible from the alley. In fact, there is only a door and no signboard whatsoever. But you know you have reached when you spot people sitting around on orange crates randomly placed along both sides of the alley.
The cafe was tiny and standing-room-only. However, the baristas do come out regularly to clear the cups in the alley, so you do not need to order takeaway if you wish to sit in the alley.
The menu was simple; White (A$4.30), Black (A$4), or Filter (A$4). The Flat White was definitely one of the better coffee we had so far. In fact, it reminded us of Market Lane Coffee that we had in QVM.
It was actually very lovely to sit at the crates near the cafe window, for you will be inhaling the aromatic coffee fragrance!
Service was warm and friendly and the baristas were all smiley and nice. While we were waiting for our coffee, we were served sparkling water. We were so impressed!
- Location: Corner of Little Bourke & Little William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: patriciacoffee.com.au
- Directions: Take the (free) tram to Lonsdale Street (Stop 6) and walk along William Street before turning left into Little Bourke Street.
- Hrs: 7am – 4pm (Mon-Fri)
Located in a little alley, we decided to have our coffee break here, after searching through Google ratings!
Truth be told, we had wanted to go Brother Baba Budan (higher rating, haha) but it was very crowded and didn’t looked like it’s a place for sit-downs. So we wandered along and suddenly caught sight of the MP signboard when we peered into the little alley..
And so we had, clockwise from top left:
- Matcha Latte (A$5): This was a very smooth cup of matcha latte, not overly sweet, and it had an ending tone of slightly bitter matcha flavour. We liked it!
- Hot Chocolate (A$4): A rich and sweeter chocolate drink compared to what we had at Waves Port Campbell.
- Flat White (A$4): Smooth and milky, not bad at all.
- Mocha (A$4.50): A stronger cup of coffee. My first sip of mocha, so not very sure if it was good or not.
- Blueberry Muffin (A$4.8): We gathered that bagels were definitely more popular than muffins, for our blueberry muffin became a blueberry bagel when served! Haha, maybe we should not have clarified and sticked with the bagel, for the muffin was super sweet! The blueberries were very juicy though.
This was a rather large cafe with nice wall art, and it was not crowded during the afternoon that we were here, so we could chill here till we felt fully recharged!
- Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.facebook.com/manchesterpress
- Directions: Take the (free) tram to Burke Street Mall and walk along Little Burke Street before turning left into the small Rankins Lane.
- Hrs: 7am – 5pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 5pm (Sat-Sun)
We popped over next door to Gemmills for some drinks after our delicious burger at Burger Joint.
Well, we had initially wanted to have drinks only, but plans are always subject to changes 🙂
- The Duck Rillette ($10 nett) was like a paté, which reminded us a little of tuna mayo, but with a much more intense flavour. It went very well with the bread, and the crunchy pickles was refreshingly sour.
- The Quiche ($8) was pretty standard in our opinion, quite nice but without the wow factor.
- Hubby enjoyed his Flat White ($4), which was strong and acidic.
- Unfortunately, I felt that the Aurora’s Lemon & Ginger Tea ($4) was a bit weak, and I could barely taste any hint of lemon.
Iced water is available for free, and the service was friendly and pleasant. There was no free WiFi though.
We did enjoy just lounging around, enjoying the music and food. What a lovely way to end our mid-week!
We had wanted to have a drink after dinner, and we discovered Café Manuka through one of the food discount coupons in the coupon booklet distributed at the Customer Service counters located at Level 1 in IMM.
The booklet, called Triple Treats, actually had coupons from IMM, JEM and Westgate, but it was a rather long queue to wait for the coupons. Plus there were varying terms and conditions. And it so happened that the coupons for Café Manuka are only applicable for weekdays. Oh well…
Nonetheless, we thought this looked like a nice place to chill, and it was not crowded. Plus the picture of the savoury crepes was enough to lure us in… Oops, we were supposed to be here for drinks!
We were pleasantly surprised that there was a Coffee Edition of Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge after its renovations, and we decided to try both the Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea and the Not-An-Afternoon Tea Coffee Edition.
For $42++ per person, each set came with choice of one Mocktail and a selection of coffee/tea, and 3 tiers of 13 small bites.
For Mocktail, I had the Golden Lady, which was a refreshing iced TWG Rose Boudoir tea with delightful tones of lychee fragrance. Hubby had the Iced Copacabana, which was like milk chocolate that was made up of Brazil expresso, cream and milk.