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By Sarah Ward
November 03, 2018

Sugar Republic 2019

This pop-up dessert museum returns with 14 dessert-filled rooms, a retro candy store and a sweet-themed cafe.
By Sarah Ward
November 03, 2018

Sweet-toothed Melburnians, rejoice. Australia's dessert museum is returning for a second round of sugary fun in February 2019. After hitting up Victoria in June this year — and subsequently Brisbane and Sydney — Sugar Republic is returning with all new rooms, installations and a retro candy store.

While what exactly you'll find at the new Melbourne pop-up is still under wraps — with Sugar Republic promising, "14 brand new rooms, all new installations, plus a sweet themed cafe and candy store" — its previous Aussie iterations have included a giant gumball machine that you can climb inside, an adult-sized ballpit in bubblegum-pink hues and a dedicated fairy floss room with its own swing. It sounds like the kind of place that Willy Wonka might own.

Other highlights of the previous Melbourne pop-up included a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge, a 'press for confetti' button, an interactive sprinkles wall, a neon art wall and other dessert-centric art. We're expecting the new iteration to be equally OTT. Basically, if you missed out on visiting New York's Museum of Ice Cream back in 2016, this is Australia's equivalent. Typically these kind of places are designed to be as photogenic as possible, so expect plenty of pics to clog your Instagram feed.

This time round Sugar Republic will pop up on the sixth floor of Myer in the CBD from February 10, 2019, and run through until the end of May 20. It will be open every day except Wednesday, and adults-only sessions will run from 6.30–8pm on Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets are $35 on weekdays and $39 on weekends, and are on sale now.

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