A Tale of Two Cities

Astrie, founder of Beauty Candy Apothecary – Roomorama blog

City guides: Tokyo, and Melbourne

Astrie is the founder of Beauty Candy Apothecary and the co-founder of FP Juice. Not only is she an entrepreneur and a mother, she is also a dreamer. In 2013, Astrie and her husband started up a company called Dream A Little Dream Pte Ltd - which comprises of both Beauty Candy Apothecary and FP Juice.

You have traveled to and spent time in Tokyo and Melbourne. Can you share with us some of your favourite stores in each place?

Tokyo - Three Cosmetics Flagship store at Aoyama, Isetan Shinjuku, Slowhouse Concept Store and BIOTOP Concept Store.

Melbourne - Emporium Melbourne and The Lab Organic which sells organic beauty products.


Pictured above: Emporium Melbourne (credit: Emporium Melbourne)

What are your "routines" in Tokyo and Melbourne?

Tokyo - Breakfast at Clinton St Baking for the best pancakes! After which, I will walk around Aoyama and Omotesando and go for drinks at Mandarin Oriental Hotel (live jazz and beautiful view). I also make a point of stopping by the Isetan Shinjuku basement beauty floor.

Melbourne - I love Phillippa's cheese and ham tart! When I'm in Melbourne I always go there just for the tart and then walk around the Toorak area for some lovely boutiques and antique furniture.


Pictured above: Clinton St Baking (credit: Clinton St. Baking Company)

What are your favourite places to eat in each place?

Tokyo - Head to Soholm Cafe for lunch and Seryna for dinner where they're famous for their shabu shabu crab.

Melbourne - Breakfast at Maio Cafe on Collins Place, lunch at Cookie and dinner at Bistro Vue. If you have the time, go for the wine tour with Vine Trekker and enjoy lunch at Yering Station. If you're looking for places suited for very special occasions, go to Brae! It's one of the best restaurants in the world in my opinion.

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Pictured above: Soholm Cafe (credit: Transit General Office Inc.), Maio Cafe (credit: TrueLocal), Yering Station (credit: Shotgun Shelly)

I'm also a dessert fiend - what are your favourite dessert places in each city?

Tokyo has the best desserts! Everywhere you go you can find amazing desserts but my favorite are Peninsula Hotel's Strawberry Shortcake, Rose Bakery's Carrot Cake, Clinton St Baking's Pancakes.

Melbourne - Philippa's Bakery Cakes, Hellenic Republic's Loukoumades and Rosetta's Tiramisu.

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Pictured above: Rose Bakery (credit: Fashimi), Hellenic Republic (credit: Amy Collins), Rosetta (credit: bookarestaurant)

What are your favourite neighbourhoods in Tokyo, and what is there to see, eat, shop and hang out in those neighbourhoods?

Head to Omotesando and Aoyama for the best local shops, Daikanyama for chic kids shops, Maronuchi for the high end brands.

What are your favourite neighbourhoods in Melbourne, and what is there to see, eat, shop and hang out in those neighbourhoods?

I love High St Armadale for their furniture. Head to Philippa's for antiques and Chapel St for local brands.

Stylish places to stay in Tokyo and Melbourne

What could make your Japan travel experience more memorable than staying at an authentic Japanese house in a convenient location? This stylish apartment would be the perfect place.

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This beautiful and spacious apartment is nested in the heart of Carlton, on the northern fringe of Melbourne’s Hoddle grid enjoying the mouthwatering Italian delights of Lygon Street and its entertainment artery to the city.

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Going to Tokyo or Melbourne? Check out more places to stay in Tokyo and Melbourne on Roomorama.