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Extra, extra! Read all about it! St Kilda is home to some of Melbourne’s most beloved cake shops, some of which have been trading since the early twentieth century! They are distinctly European, reminiscent of the incredible French café culture that made its way to Melbourne thanks to the likes of Georges and Mirka Mora, who arrived here in 1951 from Paris. One of the most well-recognised cake shops is Monarch Cakes, famous for their Chocolate Kooglhoupf. They have been baking from the same recipes for over 80 years and originally had a shop in Poland! Monarch Cakes never sacrifices on the essential ingredients: butter, flour, eggs and sugar, and you can taste the quality in every bite. The Chocolate Kooglhoupf flies off the shelves on a daily basis, and there’s even a Baby Chocolate Kooglhoupf for those who want one all to themselves. Monarch Cakes is nestled in the centre of the action along Acland Street Village.

Black Star Pastry is the new kid on the block, winners of the world’s most Instagrammed cake: their divine Strawberry Watermelon Cake. Black Star was established in Sydney’s inner west in 2008, and their brand has continued to skyrocket since its expansion to Melbourne. You can now find them on Acland Street, tucked behind the Prince Hotel. Their cake creations are unique works of art on a plate and look (almost) too exquisite to eat! Black Star even teamed up with Rain Room to create the limited-edition Rain Cake, an edible tribute to the hugely successful art installation. While the shop is only open on weekends, Black Star does home delivery from Thursday to Sunday and fulfils cake orders  throughout the week. Chloé, a member of the Linden team, recommends everyone trying the Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake at least once in their lifetime.

It’s an old world/new world cake-off! Which cake will you fall for?

+ Visit Monarch Cakes' website
+ Visit Black Star Pastry's website


The community-spirited folks at Leo’s Spaghetti Bar are offering warm meals to people experiencing financial hardship from 12pm – 1pm and 7pm – 8pm during Melbourne’s circuit-breaker lockdown.

You can find their ‘lockdown specials’ menu on Instagram - @leosspaghettibar. We love to see local businesses paying it forward, so if you know someone in need of nourishment, send them to Leo’s.

Leo’s Spaghetti Bar
55 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182

+ Visit Leo's Spaghetti's website


Foodbank Victoria is hosting the Foodbank International Pop-Up Store in Melbourne’s CBD, located near RMIT University, to provide free and culturally-appropriate food and pantry items to Melbourne’s amazing community of international students. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions, many international students have found themselves out of work and are doing it particularly tough. The Pop-Up Store is designed like a supermarket grocer, so that international students can choose from a wide range of fresh and nutritious foods at no cost!

The Pop-Up Store is open from 10am – 2pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public holidays).  + Visit Foodbank's website 

Study Melbourne is a Victorian Government initiative providing support services to international students in Victoria. They are currently working with OzHarvest to deliver free pantry essentials and fresh produce to international students in Melbourne and Victoria.

They have compiled a list of local council areas across Melbourne and Victoria offering food relief and emergency support to international students.

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IMAGES [Top to bottom] > Photograph by Simona Sergi on Unsplash
> Chocolate Kooglhoupf by Monarch Cakes. Photograph: Dean Schmideg
>  Strawberry Watermelon Cake by Black Star Pastry. Photograph: Black Star Pastry
> Photograph by Mae Mu on Unsplash
> Photograph by Lisanto 李奕良 on Unsplash


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Design Fringe

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