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.

Though it has moved from its premises in Royal Arcade after 128 years, Hopetoun Tea Rooms continues to serve elegant high teas on Bourke Street. Look for lovely Royal Arcade, which conceals 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. 2.3km