Sunday family time – Pt 2: Toys & Crepes

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Becasse, Melbourne Emporium
Level 2, 287 Lonsdale street, Melbourne

With a full tummy from my sister-in-law’s yum cha birthday celebrations, we decided to take a stroll down to the shiny new Emporium for a bout of shopping and to check out if any more new retailers had finally opened their doors. Victoria’s Secret was open but with a line just to get in so we decided to come back later and make our way to Myer Kids Emporium. Toddler D again fell into the lure of the Thomas the Tank Engine wooden table and train track set, and easily spent what felt like an hour with Percy choo-chooing around the railway! I absolutely love watching him concentrate so hard with his eyebrows furrowed and his lips pursed. There were quite a few amazing bargains in the kids clothing section and I found myself scoring a few Bonds items from $2 – $6 each (there was 30% off already reduced marked prices!). Daniel walked away with some Crayola markers, Edward the train and a Cars playset! The spacious wide aisles of level 4 made shopping a breeze and enjoyable even though there were lots of kids and parents around the place.

After spending time lots of time with the toys we searched for somewhere to take a break before heading back to the car. We found ourselves at the elegant Becasse Bakery on level 2. With clean white walls and rich dark accents, we were immediately seduced by the ambiance and the pretty, little, sweet treats in the window. Smooth saxophone riffs played while the hubby devoured his salted caramel milkshake topped with toffee popcorn and a soft macaroon. I had the banoffee crepes…oh the caramel sauce! Drool!

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Sunday family time – Pt 1. Yum Cha lunch

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Crystal Jade Palace
154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

It was a happy birthday celebration that brought us all together for Sunday lunch at Crystal Jade Palace. First time here and it was bustling with happy chatter and trolleys full of tasty dishes ready for the taking. I never know what to order when going to yum cha and because I eat anything (except for the chicken feet!) I gladly tried out the different pickings of the day including eel and tripe! Daniel loved it and ate everything we gave him, even sipping the tea when he got thirsty. We were seated towards the back end of the first floor restaurant and it was perfect being next to the large windows as Daniel was able to watch he cars below driving down Russell street after he finished eating. With $10 all day parking a few steps away, Crystal Jade Palace is conveniently located in the middle of all the action.

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Looks like an ad for City Mini! – seriously love this pram! We’ve taken it all over the place including overseas and it is so easy to maneuver, fold and push along (I’ll have to write up a separate blogpost on it!) 
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In Melbourne city with Daniel



My Kids Emporium – Emporium Melbourne
Entrances at both Lonsdale and Little Bourke streets

A couple of weeks ago, Daniel and I enjoyed a beautiful autumn Thursday in the city attending the launch of MyKids Emporium and visiting lola on Lygon street. On level 4 of the world-class Emporium shopping precinct we were treated to a tour of the dedicated kids space covering approximately seven thousand square metres. There was also a sweetly decorated candy bar, delicious catering by Blakes Feast, the most talented balloon man I have ever seen (he made a Despicable Me minion backpack!) and such friendly staff all around. With a variety of concept areas, Baby D was entertained for hours while I checked out the high quality brands in the kids clothing sections. Baby D was in awe – he was so amazed and spent the whole morning playing with the cars and trains (if only there were seats for us adults lol!).  Some of the features currently on show at MyKids Emproium are:

– Thomas The Tank Engine Station (we ended up buying Daniel his first ever wooden Thomas train set)
– Barbie Boutique
– Little Tikes Driving Track (your little one can even get their own little license!)
– the action heroes area
– Lego (Daniel loved even just staring at the Lego creations through the display cases!)
– there was also Sands Alive available for demo (the parents loved it as much as the kids – no mess, encourages creativity and it was so therapeutic just holding it in my hands!)

Toy demonstrations, live performance (today it’s The Wiggles!! 14/06/14) and activity days will ensure this kids space is an exciting place to visit all year around for both kids and the parentals!



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Baby was not interested at all in this Barbie Boutique session but mummy thought it was a great photo opp 🙂

Some cool kids clothing items, it’s not all toys on Level 4! – love those tanned coloured shoes!

How cool is this Luna Park Lego scene!
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We were told the vision of MyKids Emporium is to be the destination that kids want to visit as soon as they wake up on a Saturday morning and we’ve already been back a few times! But that’s for another post! (more playtime for Daniel and the food court is so good)


After I was able to pry Daniel away from the train set, we headed down to Lygon for lunch at Tank Fish and Chippery with lola! We ordered the “old school fish and chips” Tank pack and it was fresh, crisp and so tasty with the perfect amount of salt and pepper. We enjoyed it in the park while Daniel immersed himself in fallen autumn leaves.


Grateful. Happy. Exhausted. Refreshed. Loved. Full. Satisfied. Proud. Thankful.