Get ready to take the kids out for a treat or show off one of these amazing and unique ‘donuteries’ to any visiting friends or relatives!
Melbourne loves a good fad. Will the virility of ‘freakshakes’ last? Will the sustainable timber chopping board replace the humble plate? No one will really know, until one minute they are gone. We do know, however, that Melbourne has long been in love with deliciously rounded sugar buns filled with liquid goodness.
Down an unassuming side street in Thomastown you will find Mick's Place [91 Victoria Drive, Thomastown]. It looks just like your every-day corner store, where tradies might congregate for lunch, or workers from around the area may frequent. However, in 2015, things really exploded for this little corner shop, all thanks to the power of the internet… and their delicious ‘donutella donuts’. Mick and his wife Basima were selling two of their Nutella filled donuts per day, when pictures and rave reviews started filling Facebook. In only a matter of weeks they were selling more than 100 a day. Fast forward a couple of years and Mick's Place now sells several different types of their signature filled donuts, including peanut butter jam, cookies and cream and salted caramel. These days, they move more than 4000 units per day. Although Micks Place is open to 10pm daily, you best arrive much, much earlier to score yourself one, or let’s be realistic, a few, of these amazing donuts!
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Found right in the heart of Melbourne’s famous Chapel St, Burch and Purchase [647 Chapel Street, South Yarra] sits pretty among fancy boutique shops and expensive apartment buildings. Co-owner and chocolate connoisseur Darren Purchase embellishes amazing ingredients, sourced from all around the world. Their chocolate is exquisite and extravagant. Due to the creativity and artwork that goes into each dessert, the shop is an exciting place to visit and browse, all the while picking up one or two of their delicious creations to serve up to family and friends. In 2016, Channel Ten’s The Living Room ran a special on the shop, and ever since B&P has become a national treasure, with many people traveling down to Melbourne just to give the delicious chocolate a try. Check out the clip here.
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A family owned business for over 40 years, Dandee Donuts [various locations check their Facebook page] once ran 10 food vans, including Dandee Dogs. The vans were positioned throughout Melbourne, mostly at sporting grounds and festivals or markets. In recent years, the daughter of the original owner, Susan, has put significant time, effort and money into revamping one of the vans and the donut store. Even though there has been a modernization of the van itself, the technique and long standing family recipe has stayed true to this day. The secret to the lasting success of Dandee Donuts comes with their freshness, always sold within 24 hours of the batter being made, always cooked on site, and always made on demand. Susan also believes that the van is very nostalgic for residents of Dandenong and especially Oakleigh (the new van was painted in the old Oakleigh Football club colours) and this is why folks keep bringing their family and friends.
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Self-described as “the address that puts the focus on welcome”, you can see why this all-day diner has become so popular with people from all around Melbourne. Serving up delicious daily specials as well as an inspired a la carte menu, Ascot Food Store [320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds] has really nailed the Melbourne suburban café. The food menu has an amazing depth and complexity. We suggest trying out the confit lobster burger or the famous AFC (Ascot Fried Chicken). The ingredients are locally sourced from trusted suppliers, including the amazing coffee, which is roasted by St. Ali in South Melbourne. The stars of the show, however, are the array of homemade donuts topped with a syringe full of syrupy goodness, just in case there wasn’t already enough inside. Our favourite in the past has been the KitKat, coffee and caramel lattice with a choc custard syringe… that was a mouthful!
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The popularity of this café is obvious when you check their opening hours. ‘Open Mon – Sat 8am-9pm/sold out (also open Sundays)’. They sell out so often that they need to give people a proper pre-warning. To call All Day Donuts [12 Edward Street, Brunswick] a café is a stretch, however, we mean this in the best way possible. There are no plates and no coffee mugs, instead donuts are served in cardboard boxes with coffee served in paper cups. This only adds to the amazing charm of the place though, this is a no frills café that is focused completely on their amazing offering of quality donuts and coffee. All Day Donuts is a truly Melbourne institution. You are very unlikely to find such a spot anywhere else in Australia, so it’s the perfect place to show off to any visiting friends or relatives!
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