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Easter in Melbourne

Chocolate, parties and multiple public holidays – here's how to maximise the 2019 Easter weekend in Melbourne

Easter bunny with chocolate eggs
Photograph: Graham Denholm

The bunny is back and there's no shortage of cracking events over the long weekend (Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22 2019).

Kids are well catered for, and on the other end of the spectrum, we've pinned down the bottle shops that are open on Good Friday so you don't have to. Naturally, we've eaten our way through the city's chocolate shops and hot cross buns to bring you our top picks. And if you'd like to get out of town, we've got you covered there too.

Plan your Easter in Melbourne

Best things to do in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend
Things to do

Best things to do in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend

The four-day weekend is going to be a corker!

Autumn school holiday activities in Melbourne
Kids

Autumn school holiday activities in Melbourne

The kids are sorted these school holidays.

Eating and drinking over Easter

8 of the best Easter snacks to try this week
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8 of the best Easter snacks to try this week

We’re close enough to Easter now that we can taste it. No seriously, we can. It seems every bakery, café or eatery is doing an Easter special this year and who could blame them? Easter brings out the very best flavours: sugar, spice and lots and lots of chocolate. Below are our favourite Easter snacks for 2019. Hot cross doughnuts Photograph: Supplied Forget buns, Docklands bakery Mill and Bakery is making hot cross doughnuts this Easter because hey, why not combine these two delicious pastries? The light, fluffy doughies are made with the traditional spices of cinnamon and clove, as well as whole pureed orange which is folded through the dough. Once fried, the hot cross doughnuts are piped full of orange custard before being finished with the customary white cross. They’re available from now until Easter Sunday. Easter egg sundae Photograph: Supplied Chocolaterie and café Only Mine has launched Easter egg dessert bowls this season. The team take half a large Easter egg. Then they fill it with two scoops of ice cream – the flavours are up to you. Finally it’s time to get creative as you choose the extras, sauces and toppings you want to add to make your Easter sundae a little bit egg-stra. It’s available until Easter Monday at Only Mine in Olinda. Hot cross bun gelato Photograph: Supplied What if hot cross buns were, er, cold? Frozen, actually? Piccolina Gelateria is turning this classic Easter treat into a specialty gelato flavour for Easter. Piccolina

Cafés and restaurants open over the Easter long weekend
Restaurants

Cafés and restaurants open over the Easter long weekend

We've got your Easter long weekend dining plans sorted. From brunch hotspots to fine-dining stars, we've rounded up the best cafés and restaurants open on Good Friday (April 19), the Easter weekend and Easter Monday (April 22). For more Easter fun, check out our guide to what to do over the long weekend and our round-up of Melbourne's best hot cross buns.

The best hot cross buns in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best hot cross buns in Melbourne

Whether you like them airy and spiced or dense and chocolatey, these are the best hot cross buns in Melbourne.

Where to buy alcohol on Good Friday
Shopping

Where to buy alcohol on Good Friday

The big guys can't play, but these little heroes are soldiering on for all your day-off wine and beer needs.

Melbourne's best chocolate shops
Shopping

Melbourne's best chocolate shops

Teat yourself to the best – these are our favourites.

Order this Easter egg sundae
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Order this Easter egg sundae

Only Mine is launching Easter egg dessert bowls at its café in Olinda. 

Try hot cross doughnuts this Easter
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Try hot cross doughnuts this Easter

What a journey hot cross buns have been on. The humble mix of spice, dried fruit and dough now comes in a myriad flavour combinations, from double chocolate to apple and cinnamon (heck, you can even get buns in ice cream form). Well, now you can add yet another spicy bun variant to the mix. Photograph: Supplied Mill and Bakery is making hot cross doughnuts this Easter because hey, why not combine two delicious pastries? The light, fluffy doughies are made with the traditional spices of cinnamon and clove, as well as whole pureed orange which is folded through the dough. Once fried, the hot cross doughnuts are piped full of orange custard before being finished with the customary white cross. The hot cross doughnuts are available from now until Easter from Mill and Bakery in Docklands. Here's your fool-proof guide to Easter in Melbourne. Only Mine is serving Easter egg sundaes for a limited time.

This website helps you find Melbourne's perfect hot cross bun
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This website helps you find Melbourne's perfect hot cross bun

Take a quiz to reveal your one true hot cross bun.

Try hot cross bun gelato at Piccolina
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Try hot cross bun gelato at Piccolina

This gelateria is making hot cross bun gelato this Easter.

Opinion: Hot cross buns should be microwaved, not toasted
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Opinion: Hot cross buns should be microwaved, not toasted

You are almost certainly eating hot cross buns wrong. 

Last-minute getaways

The best Victorian campsites near Melbourne
Travel

The best Victorian campsites near Melbourne

There are plenty of places a stone's throw from the CBD where you can lawfully pitch a tent.

The best road trips from Melbourne
Travel

The best road trips from Melbourne

Don't just read about Melbourne getaways... get out and try one! These day trips from Melbourne are paved with cool things to see and do, and driving means you won't miss a thing along the way. Just choose your direction and hit the road. For more holiday inspo, check out these national parks within driving distance or the best quirky getaways from Melbourne.