Perhaps some of you are lucky enough to have grandma to spoil you, but for the rest of us, stroll on down to leafy Rathdowne Village for some sweet love.
Requisite avocado on toast aside, the clear highlight of this wonderful patisserie and larder are the delicious baked goods by Zoi Condos. Even before consuming so much as a single crumb, one is already charmed by the visual feast; the array of cakes and tarts are presented on dainty cake platters and look so ridiculously perfect that it almost seems a shame to sink your fork into it.
But first, decisions, decisions…what to order? Every child (and more than one adult) that enters the glass doors is hypnotically drawn to the towering afternoon tea stand of cupcakes topped with indulgent swirls of pastel icing. But vying for attention are fudgy brownies with cute little smarties squashed on top, an enormous layered carrot cake, sour cherry pie, blackcurrant frangipane tart, chocolate earl grey cake…and that’s just the sweets. There are also a cabinet full of quiches, sandwiches and salads for a more savoury palate prior to hitting that sweet spot.
Chosen temptation on a plate, latte in one hand and a newspaper in the other; at Sweet Source, days seem to exist in perpetuity.