Don’t talk to us about being a cake addict until you’ve eaten your way down Acland Street and fallen in a jittering heap outside Luna Park. The cake shops lining the strip have been making Melbourne a sweeter place since 1934, and are still pumping out Eastern European classics thick and fast. Here are the essentials to put on your sugar-hit list.
Forget the sugar coated cakes in the window - the baked cheesecake is where it's at. Crisp shortbread base and a cottage cheese filling, this baby is firm, silky smooth, and on the savoury end of the sweetness spectrum - right where we like it.
After 38 years, Peter Siapantas knows how to make a good vanilla slice. Flaky thin sheets of buttery puff pastry sandwich a thick smack of vanilla infused creme patissiere (egg custard with cornflour). Ace.
Monarch has been pushing sugar on Acland since 1934 and the recipes haven't changed since day one. Try the chocolate, savoury-sweet Kugelhoupf. It's a yeast-based cake (cake taste, bread texture) with thick swirls of melted chocolate throughout.
Watch the staff bicker over 52-year-old grievances while you smash a custard tart. The canoe-shaped shortbread has a fine crumbly texture and gets a lick of chocolate before being filled with custard and topped with fruits and a glaze. It ticks all the creamy, sweet and tart boxes.
Famous for its chicken sandwiches, 19 Squares also serves up a bomb of a coffee (Supreme Organic Fair Trade). The only downside is more often than not you'll have to queue...whether it's worth the wait is up to you.