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Episode 7: 20 March

This week on Postcards, the team stick to Melbourne's CBD as they take you on some of the best food, coffee, art and shopping tours this great city has to offer. Brodie satiates her sweet tooth taking a Hidden Secrets Tour for some of Melbourne's sweetest café's and shops on a high tea stroll. Glen discovers his eye for art taking a tour through Melbourne's colourful art scene with some of the best art guides in the biz. Lauren delves into the strong caffeine culture on her Melbourne Coffee Tour. Brodie tours some of historical Block Arcades' best stores on a shopping spree. Lastly, Rebecca weaves her way through the city's most intriguing laneways and arcades to uncover its best kept secrets.

High Tea Tour

For a sweet and sugary stroll through Melbourne, Hidden Secret Tours' Progressive High Tea tour will take you to some of the best stops in the city. Local Birds café might be Melbourne's smallest café, but is big on flavour. Its colourful and quirky character is not to be missed along The Causeway Lane. Find old fashioned service and all homemade treats such as hot toasted jaffles, banana bread and choc raspberry brownies.

Om Nom dessert bar at Adelphi Hotel is named after the sound one makes when eating something delicious, and, rightfully so. Feast on a high tea spread that looks more like edible art than your typical treats. Try their famous Chocolate Terrarium with their miniature fairylike mushrooms. If you prefer your sweets in cupcake form, Little Cupcakes will have you feasting your sights on over 19 flavours of freshly-baked carefully crafted cakes from mini to monster sized.

If it's time to retreat after a day full of sweets, Hilton South Wharf is the perfect place to rest your legs. The riverside hotel boasts super stylish rooms and unmatched views of the city for a relaxing stay away.

Hidden Secrets Tours
Ph 03 9633 3358

Hilton South Wharf
03 9027 2000

Art Tour

Melbourne has long been heralded a hub for all things sport and fine dining but what really sets it apart is its diverse art culture you won't find anywhere else. Walk To Art tours will help you discover a new form of art right on your doorstep, from uncovering street murals, new and unique gallery spaces to artist run studios like Juddy Roller studios, Nicholas Thompson Gallery to project spaces such as Gertrude Contemporary. Top off your tour with a stop by Rupert on Rupert in Collingwood, a repurposed warehouse combining relaxed dining and bar areas with stylish and spacious interiors.

For a different type of art tour, Art Aficionado Tours will tailor tours to your liking. Learn about local galleries, architecture, theatre and social history with their passionate and experienced guides.

Walk To Art
Ph 0412 005 901

Rupert on Rupert
73 Rupert Street, Collingwood
Ph 03 9419 7702

Art Aficionado Tours

Coffee Tour

There is no doubt Melbournians love their coffee and one way to beat those caffeine cravings is to take a tour of the city's best brews. Melbourne Coffee Tours has been around for over 12 years and has handpicked all the coffee hot spots so you don't have to. Stop by Krimper, an edgy warehouse cafe in the heart of the CBD. Try their strongest drop - Red Eye coffee if you're game, and sweeten things up with their French toast featuring baby pavlovas, caramelized peach and candy pistachios.

League of Honest Coffee is full of personality both in and out of their cups. Sourcing coffee beans from all over the world, try out their different origin beans from Mexico, India, Kenya to Columbia and taste the coffee flavours of the world.

For a quick caffeine fix with edge, Axil coffee in Melbourne's CBD is an espresso bar with character. Try their carefully crafted cups by award winning baristas.

Melbourne Coffee Tours

Royal Arcade

Overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Fitzroy Gardens, the stylish Park Hyatt Melbourne is home to 240 spacious guestrooms and suites. However, if you're after the ultimate in contemporary luxury, then look no further than the lavish 'Diplomat Suite'. It features a marble bathroom, a formal dining space and an extravagant king sized bedroom.

At the historic Royal Arcade live some of Melbourne's most well-known shops, including 'Hill & Dale', 'Jasper Junior' and 'The Little Royal'.

Back at the Park Hyatt, the hotel's 25 metre indoor pool is perfect for those keen to cool off, and the fitness centre offers a range of workout options.

Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Square, Melbourne
Ph 03 9224 1234

Royal Arcade
335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Ph 03 9670 7777

Melbourne laneways and arcades

Melbourne city is a treasure trove full of hidden laneways and arcades waiting to be discovered. Hidden Secrets Tours is the best way to take a wander through the city's magical laneways and arcades. Let the tour take you down Degraves Street into stores like Clementines, a gold mine in itself. A shop filled entirely with Victorian made products, find colourful throws, to locally made preserve jams and quality kitchen ware. Stumble upon stores such as Tiffany Treloar on Flinders Lane, home for unique, stylish clothing by local designer Tiffany Treloar and discover Koko Black in the Royal Arcade - a chocoholic's haven full of carefully crafted treats.

Hidden Secrets Tours
Ph 03 9633 3358

Postcards Diary

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic
For a great way to spend this Good Friday, take the kids to Werribee Park for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic and raise much-needed funds for The Royal Children's Hospital.

Where: Werribee Park
When: Friday 25 March, 2016
More: cadbury.com.au

Glass Bottom Boat Tour
These school holidays the kids will love Melbourne Aquarium's newest installation - Glass Bottom Boat Tours to get a closer look at sea life than ever before!

Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
More: melbourneaquarium.com.au/experiences

Marilyn Monroe Exhibition
Make sure you celebrate one of the most glamorous and enigmatic film stars in history, Marilyn Monroe at Bendigo Art Gallery's exhibition.

Where: Bendigo Art Gallery
When: Until 10 July, 2016
More: bendigoartgallery.com.au/Exhibitions/