Neatly tucked next to a car park and an Italian restaurant, Madame B is a Melbourne must-see. Once you've eventually found the stairs and have taken a ride in the clunky elevator up to level three, be careful not to lose your balance between the faux green grass and the windy paved path upon entry.
Everything here, from the pink walls to the fabric flowers which line the white wooden arches of the bar, will have you marvel in beauty. For something, that anywhere else, would seem daggy and aged, Madame Brussels is akin to a beautiful model right out of a '60s wedding catalogue.
Where you choose to prop yourself depends on what type of person you are. The curled iron chairs in the hedged bar suit those who appreciate the odd quirk, while the white picketed wooden deck chairs out on Madame's rooftop terraces are more suited to those looking to unwind whilst taking in the view of the church steeples and high rises of the city's east.
You needn't wait long once you you've cosied yourself for some service. Madame's entourage of waiters, who are dressed in tennis style getups (think white pleated skirts, tight polo shirts and canvas loafers) are full of smiles as they pass baby pink mock-croc covered menus.
As any lady, Madame Brussels certainly isn't a cheap date, so expect to fork out a little bit extra for a drink or two. The only thing you will find on tap at this swanky parlour is soda. Beers come in the boutique variety, and are all bottled (from $9). While a nice section of wines are on offer, it's highly recommended you splash some cash with a friend and share a cocktail jug. No one can pass up a Pimms bursting with lemon and currants, or a fresh Moscow Mule ($35 -$55).
Madame Brussels also offers a range of tasty morsels and bar snacks, but with a plate of frosted cupcakes perched upon the bar ($3.50), it's impossible not to long for something that, rather appropriately, matches the decor.
Groups are welcome here, but during busy periods it's recommended to plan for an early arrival.
Images by Lois Romer.