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Episode 33: 4 October

On this week's episode of Postcards, Lauren relishes in a bespoke experience at iconic The Block Arcade, getting suited up at Adriano Carbone Master Tailor, bedazzled at The French Jewel Box and finds the perfect timepiece at Watchtime. Brodie indulges in Melbourne's most sumptuous high teas visiting Bibelot, Now and Then Café and Fancy Nance. Glen enjoys East Gippsland's great outdoors with a stand-up paddle board experience, scenic bike ride and has a bite at Lake Tyers Waterwheel Beach Tavern. Lastly, Rebecca shows off Kyneton's celebrated shopping strip Piper Street, visiting stores Lauriston Press, Stockroom, Rundell and Rundell and The Dressing Table.

The Block Arcade

Situated in Melbourne's CBD, The Block Arcade offers a world of shopping where history and heritage meets contemporary fashion and art. For those wanting a truly unique Block Arcade experience you can have everything custom made to your personal style. Enjoy a bespoke handmade garment by Adriano Carbone Master Tailor, for all antiques and vintage jewellery visit The French Jewel Box to purchase, restore and custom make your gems. Lastly, tell the time in style with a pre-loved watch from Watchtime; one of Australia's largest dealers in high grade Swiss watches. They stock everything from opulent Omega's to rare Rolexes. 

The Block Arcade
282 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9654 5244

Adriano Carbone Master Tailor
100 Elizabeth Street, The Block Arcade
Ph 03 9600 2422

The French Jewel Box
Shop 2A, The Block Arcade
Ph 03 9654 3863

Shop 15, The Block Arcade
Ph 03 9650 3936

High tea in Melbourne

Located around the corner from sister venue Chez Dre in South Melbourne sits every dessert devotee's dream venue, Bibelot. Experience their mouth-watering selection of handcrafted sweets and indulge in their lavish high tea featuring French champagne, cured meats, gourmet cheeses, finishing with their highly coveted gelato, sorbet and mini cakes.

Now and Then Café has brought the Hamptons to High Street, Kew; a beach-chic venue offering breakfast through to lunch, with dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Their traditional high tea served every third Sunday of the month delivers all the classics from gourmet sandwiches to homemade scones with jam and cream.

Lastly, Adriano Zumbo's Fancy Nance in South Yarra is every foodie's fantasy. Take away Italian classics such as Cannoli to Calzones from Little Frankie's Cafe, or experience its wondrous Alice in Wonderland inspired high tea featuring a reverse order serving of sweets to savoury. 

287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Ph 03 9690 2688

Now and Then Café
204 High Street, Kew
Ph 03 9853 8306

Fancy Nance
21 Daly Street, South Yarra
Ph 1800 858 611

East Gippsland

A trip to East Gippsland will have no shortage of outdoor activities whether it's land or sea. Surf Shack in Lakes Entrance is well equipped to get everyone out in the water, purchase or hire anything from wake boards to wetsuits or book in a surfing lesson. 

Explore the East Gippsland Rail Trail's stunning scenery on bike with Snowy River Cycling. Hire quality bikes of all shapes and sizes and take advantage of their tailored packages including trails, accommodation and transfers for varying trips.

Located along Gippsland Lakes' edge, Lake Tyers Waterwheel Beach Tavern boasts impressive views, fresh, local seafood and great live entertainment all year round. Guests can make the most of outdoor dining and enjoy a meal such as the popular Seafood Tasting Plate For Two on the lake-side deck.

There are a plethora of events coming up in the region, such as Groundswell and the Australian Adventure Festival, and for all info just head to their websites.

Surf Shack
545 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Ph 03 5155 4933

Snowy River Cycling
Ph 0428 556 088

Waterwheel Beach Tavern
577 Lake Tyers Beach Road,  Lake Tyers
Ph 03 5156 5855


Kyneton Art 

Kyneton in Victoria's Macedon Ranges has long been heralded a shopping destination with a difference and it's the stores that line PiperStreet that represent why. Experience an artist's studio at Lauriston Press; find nature-inspired print designs as well as paintings, ceramics and jewellery from other regional artists, in addition to various workshops on offer. 

Another artisan's hub, Stockroom exhibits and sells a range of work from contemporary artists and designers from fashionable jewellery and clothing to homewares and furniture. For a true traditional trade, Rundell and Rundell have kept alive the craft of handmade bespoke chairs using original techniques. Take home an authentic piece from Windsor chairs to other handmade wares.

Find accessories, costume jewellery and headwear at The Dressing Table, consciously being elegant yet unique; purchase or make your own headwear in one of their millinery workshops.

Lauriston Press
37B Piper Street, Kyneton
Ph 03 5422 1710

98 Piper Street, Kyneton
Ph 03 5422 3215

Rundell and Rundell
29 Piper Street, Kyneton

The Dressing Table
50 Piper Street, Kyneton
Ph 0406 300 934