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5 Extra Worthy Cafes to Visit for the Best Memory in Melbourne
13 May 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

This Aussie city has a coffee culture along with the best places to brunch, indulge, relax, and connect - with a cuppa coffee of your choice of course. Melbourne’s cafes are so good that it’s safe to say that each one delivers the best in everything: food, drink, ambiance, decor, music and more.

With some many cafes in the whole of Melbourne, it gets hard to pick just 5 for your cafe-hopping enjoyment. But these names have come fully tried and tested ala SweetEscape and you’ll learn just why they made the list, especially when you’re down under with your best traveling photography service.

1. De Clieu, A quirky little gem in the midst of Fitzroy

You can expect a consistency of good coffee when you pop in De Clieu, that and along with great service and equally impressive food selection.

The cafe is a piece of gem placed right in the corner decked in an all-black interior. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a chill and unpretentious vibe which makes it all the more quirky and laid back at the same time.

Park yourself in one of its high bar stools or near the window benches to admire this minimalistic cafe inside an Art Deco era building. The combination of extra lighting and classic inner suburbia Melbourne will definitely worth your while.

2. Dukes Coffee Roasters, inviting simplicity at its finest

Normally packed from early morning till late in the afternoon, it’s easy to see why tourists and locals alike flock this beautiful cafe at Ross House. Most praised for its amazing coffee and perfect food combination, Dukes plays on the ambiance of soothingly refreshing architecture that is fully decked in recycled timber.

It’s not surprising to lose yourself inside this little charming place, all thanks to the variations of handcrafted settings. It is the cafe’s philosophy to evoke to beauty and honesty of craftsmanship inhabited within the space. As a result, a photographic keepsake is definitely a must when you’re in this little coffee heaven.

3. Assembly Coffee, intricate art of coffee and architecture

Step inside the relaxed ambiance of Assembly Coffee, which is essentially is a coffee store first and a cafe second. Dominated with its display of huge coffee machines, it is inspired by Japanese design with an excellent combination of black metal and natural timber.

Located at Carlton, Assembly is a sleek, clean and minimalistic looking cafe that almost resembles a clinical gallery. Decked mostly in white, the sophistication of this place is what makes it the best place to snap a few pictures for keepsake. The little set up in front of the cafe is also another unmissable feature for that artistic-feel photoshoot.

4. La Belle Miette, a slice of Parisian patisserie in Melbourne

With an authentic history behind the brand, La Belle Miette is an absolutely splendid French patisserie selling macaroons as its specialty. Located in the Collins street, it is one of the most authentic looking French-themed patisserie in Melbourne mirroring those charming ones in Paris.

Translated to “beautiful small thing”, this irresistible cafe serves flavourful macaroons along with high quality tea for that extra luxurious feel when cafe-hopping in Melbourne. Especially when you’re in the hunt for the perfect photography set-up, this place is the perfect 10.

5. Koko Black, for the sweet tooth in you

The list wouldn’t be complete without a cafe that specially caters to those craving something sweet during the day. Koko Black in Carlton is the expert in house-made confectionery, desserts, chocolates and many more.

Set in the existing old shop front of Lygon Street, this cafe reserves that dramatic yet modern interior with wooden panels, columns and high ceilings. Decked in luxurious dark timber, the window displays are simply breathtaking with that rows of perfectly crafted little sweets and chocolates.

With the list from SweetEscape version, we’re certain that you’re more than ready to jump around Melbourne cafe scenes in style. Just make sure to bring us along with you for that totally fabulous espresso time.

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!