Squeeze past the excited visitors photographing the treat-filled windows, and take your place in the queue outside this Block Arcade highlight.
With its refined atmosphere and menu laden with dainty sandwiches and glorious cakes, the Hopetoun is the perfect location for enjoying the Victorian-era tradition of high tea (bookings essential).
Early starters can order breakfast, perhaps poached eggs with Tasmanian smoked salmon and salmon caviar, the signature big breakfast or a Swiss omelette.
Or take your seat at a dainty table to admire the green and gold wallpaper reflected in the largest etched mirror in Victoria, and share a light lunch with your best friend – perhaps a Caribbean crab salad, open steak sandwich or asparagus rolls.
And do leave room for those sumptuous cakes, freshly baked scones, crepes with cream and strawberries, petit fours, fruit tart, cream sponge or pavlova.