Are you a cone or cup person? Decide at Spring Street Grocer's gelati bar where fresh fruit becomes frozen magic. Swan into the grand dining room at Hotel Windsor for traditional afternoon tea, then move onto the gleaming Koko Black salon for made-in-Melbourne chocolate artistry. Dessert-focused Om Nom serves spectacular sweet fantasies; consider a dessert degustation.

Further along Flinders Lane, it would be positively rude not to stop for iconic and awarded pasticceria, Brunetti Oro. Seek out the lovely Royal Arcade concealing tiny Agathé Pâtisserie Petite, an outpost of the South Melbourne Market bakery. Pick up some colourful French macarons at La Belle Miette on Hardware Lane, then roll yourself into a final stop at Shortstop, where inventive sugar-coated donuts seal the deal. 2.3 km