Pink Bakeries & filled doughnuts

Hello Readers,

If your anything like me your doughnut obsession is not slowing down. After eating most of sydneys’ doughnuts I believed that I was cured from my doughnut addiction. Oh how wrong am I?! The waikiki area is known for a local legend which creates incredible filled malasadas; a type of Portuguese donut. I visited the iconic, Leonard’s bakery.

With it’s Las Vegas inspired sign & bright pink packaging it’s hard to miss. The doughnuts are warm and sugared while some of them are filled with creams such as coconut, custard, chocolate and passion fruit. The doughnuts are delicious however are very different then your regular circular donut.

If you have a chance go for the experience and some photos (It’s extremely instagram friendly!) . My favourite flavours were chocolate & custard however I wouldn’t go back for any of the other flavours. It’s a must see if you have a chance to go to Waikiki.

Thanks for reading! Check out my last doughnut experience here!

The Retrograde Collective xx


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Short Stop Coffee & Donuts.


Hello Readers,

A couple of days ago I ventured out to the city looking for donuts. Maybe it’s just me but Sydney’s donut quality and creativity has peaked over this last year. Between Woah Nelly, Donut Time, Donut Box and Brewtown Newtown (and many many more of course) there are too many fillings, toppings, exotic flavour names and types to choose from.

My friend (check out her instagram here!) decided to wander down to Barangaroo. Pretty harbour views and a sunny day equalled the perfect photography set up for our donuts (we got many weird stares I promise you!). But on to Short Stop. It’s little shop has only two things on the menu; hot beverages and donuts. A little glass box holds all the donuts so you can see them making it easy to choose what you want.

What I appreciated most about their donuts, as a self-proclaimed donut connoisseur, was that they had ditched the neon icing and lolly toppings for really interesting unique flavours.  My friend got the Earl Gray and Rose Cake. I got a hazelnut salted chocolate donut (I can’t find the actual name but it was something along those lines). Both were incredible and I want to go back and try them all! This is perfect for those who love donuts that use interesting ingredients and mesh them together.


Check them out in Sydney and Melbourne over Summer.


Much Love,

The Retrograde Collective xx

Grounds of Alexandria.

Hello Readers,

One of my favourite places to Eat & Go has to be the Grounds of Alexandria. It’s not simply a cafe or restaurant but almost an experience. Set out like a little farm you feel almost transported somewhere far, far away in the country. There are little carts selling doughnuts, pastries and fresh lemonade (The rose lemonade not only looks amazing but tastes amazing!).

There’s a fountain, a flower shop, a bar and a bakery. These ‘Grounds’ have to be one of the most picture (read: instagram) worthy places to visit in Sydney. The food is fresh and I love the idea of picking up snacks/little pastries or a coffee to take home. The pricing varies but you can find something to eat or drink for almost any budget. Get yourself down to this little gem in Alexandria or to the pop up at Sculptures By the Sea and follow it on instagram if you need any more convincing that you have to visit pronto!



Much Love, The Retrograde Collective xx

Bread & Circus

Hello Readers,

My first ‘Eat’ post! Finally getting back into the routine of blogging more regularly feels good. Especially when I’m not restricting myself to just fashion. I explored Bread & Circus with one of my good friends, Cath (aka. CocoGrace – Check her blog out it’s amazing!) and we both loved it mainly because there were a zillion photo taking opportunities. There’s already a photo up on Instagram (check it out here).

It was also sort of momentous as it was the first time pulling out the DSLR to take photos in public. You do get a couple of strange looks but with the incredible foodie/food blog scene no one was freaking out about it. Now onto a bit about Bread & Circus..

Bread & Circus is decorated in flower, pastel colours and wooden furniture. It has a bit of a cluttered vintage store vibe but in bright pinks and green and blues. You sit on share tables and it’s location is actually in almost a canteen/food court. There are various other cafes around in the one building (think Coogee pavilion).

The food is a dream. I love that Bread & Circus balance being really healthy and yummy food with not being way out there, there were no ‘activated foods’ thank goodness! I tried a salad box and it had carrot, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, pine nuts, goats cheese and various other vegetables. It came with some of their homemade bread which was great for making ‘toast’ with the box of ingredients.




Check out the Bread & Circus instagram!

Let me know what you thought about this ‘Eat’ blog post as well!

Much Love, The Retrograde Collective