Sunshine, beautiful gardens, tea, and cake – they just seem to go together. Taking a stroll through one of Melbourne’s public gardens, finding a sunny green patch, and lazing on the lawn with a cupcake and a cuppa is the perfect way to take advantage of a clear autumn day. Take time out, soak in the sun, the view, and the tranquility. One of my absolute favs is the Royal Botanic Gardens. With over 38 hectares of rolling green lawns, beautiful landscaped gardens and lakes, you’ll find the perfect spot for tea at every turn. My favourite spots are along the Northern Lawn and Picnic Point, on the Alexander Avenue side of the gardens, with scenic vistas across the Ornamental Lake.

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If you’re heading to the Botanic Gardens, I’d suggest stopping of at Little Cupcakes in Degraves St to pick up your tea and treats. There are so many great flavours, naming a favourite is tricky – but I’d have to say the blueberry pistachio is at the top of my list.
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Other top spots for a garden tea:

Victoria Gardens – High St Prahran
A small park with Victorian character and charm. The circular tree lined pathway is perfect for a stroll. Popular with dog owners, sit on the perimeter with a tea and pat a pup or two.

St Kilda Gardens – Tennyson St
I like to ride my bike down to the gardens with a flask of my favourite tea and stop off at the rose pavilion for a quiet cuppa.

Malvern Gardens – High Street
Surrounded by lush greenery, a small fenced off area with bench seats facing the fountain is the ideal setting for tea and contemplation.

Carlton Gardens – Nicholson St
Walking along a tree lined path towards the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, enjoy the picturesque view of the French fountain. Stop off along the way for tea under the trees.

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