Unfortunately we were only in Melbourne for the weekend so we made sure to make the most of it. After arriving we checked out the real reason we were in Melbourne – the ACMI Disney Dreams Come True exhibition (I am a die hard Classic Disney fan… The Little Mermaid is my favourite movie and Sleeping Beauty comes in at a close 2nd) 🙂 Last year when we were at Hong Kong Disneyland we walked into a discreet Animation gallery which we both absolutely loved. The walls of the tiny room were littered with drawings of Disney films some which were concept art, story sketches, sketches on graphite paper, celluloid pictures and small statues. The exhibition at the ACMI was a baajjjiirrrion times better – I was in heeeaven, if you’re a fan of Classic Disney then you should definitely check it out. After spending well over four hours there (there was LOTS to see, they even had films by Walt Disney explaining the process, and snippets of each film), we checked into our hotel and started to eat our way through the Melbourne CBD.
The Soup Place
Walking through windy and cold Degraves St, we spotted a decent line at The Soup Place (Shop 14 Centre Place, 256-260 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) and decided on a hearty soup to warm us up. The tiny tucked away shop had laneway seating but we only managed to grab a seat inside the tiny little shop. B chose a Bacon, Potato and Leek soup which was far more tastier than my Minestrone soup which was bland, really salty and not chunky enough for my liking which were served with a plate of lightly toasted bread albeit a little stale. I ended up swapping soups with B even though he didn’t want my Minestrone either 🙂 That is love.
The Sensory Lab
After a wee bit of shopping, trying on bags and clothes I needed a coffee break bad and Bill just needed to sit. The Sensory Lab (David Jones, 297 Little Collins St) is located inside David Jones, as soon as you walk in you’re welcomed by a barista at the "lab" – a row of syphon filters bubbling away. After seeing the syphon filters, I knew I had to have it. The friendly barista recommended a nutty coffee (sorry I forgot the blend) to try black with the syphon while Bill had a flat white. The waitress advised to drink the coffee over 15minutes as the more you let it rest the flavour deepens. I really enjoyed the coffee which came in the syphon, it was mild and easy to drink. Teehee I had fun pouring the coffee from the syphon to the cup too, even Bill wanted to have a go. They also sell a variety of coffee beans, tea and syphons and espressso machines.
Bill’s mum requested a box of chocolate from KoKo Black which we visited last time we were in Melbourne, on our way there through the Royal Arcade we stumbled upon Chokolait (Shop 8, 318 Little Collins St). Craving some hot chocolate to cure me of back pain, we bought two handmade Belgium truffles; one covered in cocoa and the other covered in chocolate flakes and I indulged in a Dark Hot Chokolait while Bill was more sensible and girly and ordered an Iced Strawberry. The Dark Hot Chokolait was freshly made to order and was thick and smooth and sadly I struggled to finish it. I much prefer Chokolait than Koko Black, the atmosphere is much warmer and the owners are really friendly, did you know they make all their cakes too? I feel that Chokolait provides a more personal and indulgent experience 🙂
Dreams Come True
Walked pass the Belgium Waffle Stand to…
The Soup Place
Minestrone Soup with side of bread (slightly stale)
Past some seedy alleys to…
The Sensory Lab
Past some gothic buildings to..
Chokolait Belgium Truffles
Classic Dark Hot Chokolait
And then there was dinner…