The Definitive Guide: Melbourne Food

Melbourne is a cosmopolitan hub offering every food lover something special and unique. From the hundreds of incredible industrial-style cafes to the simple eateries serving up Asian, Lebanese or Ethiopian food it truly is a place where food, friends and family come together. So in honour of my wonderful city I have decided to put together a list of my absolute favourite eateries. From my local Pho place (best pho ever!) to hip wine bars and local coffee houses this list is a good way to explore the different food “scenes” in Melbourne. Buon apetito amici!

North Melbourne | Carlton | Parkville 

Seven Seeds Go for the…

  • Delicious coffee and hot chocolate
  • Elegant lunches
  • Scrumptious pastries
  • Cool interior

106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia +61 3 9347 8664 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.26.21 pm Kaprica Go for the…

  • Napoli style pizza (Margherita)
  • Daily pasta specials
  • Italian espresso

19 Lincoln Square S, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia +61 3 9347 1138 Stovetop  Go for the…

  • Innovative brunches using unique ingredients (duck egg anyone?)
  • Chai lattes
  • Brioche burger

100 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia +61 3 9347 2010 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.29.53 pm Le Miel et la lune  Go for the…

  • Awesome vegetarian full breakfast
  • Crispy fried chicken
  • Consistently awesome brunch
  • Great coffee and atmosphere

330 Cardigan St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia +61 3 9043 9767 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.28.15 pm

Fitzroy | Brunswick 

East Elevation  Go for the…

  • Chocolate from Monsieur Truffe
  • Delicious avocado toast and vegetarian big breakfast
  • The baconnnn
  • Chill atmosphere in a light and airy space

351 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia +61 3 9381 5575 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.33.21 pm Proud Mary  Go for the…

  • Sophisticated all-day brunch and breakfast, again love the avocado toast
  • Hip vibezz with exposed brick interior
  • Single estate teas and fresh juice

172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia +61 3 9417 5930 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.24.44 pm Naked for Satan / Naked in the Sky  Go for the…

  • Insanely good tapas (stuffed zucchini flowers, eggplant chips… everything is good!)
  • Epic views of Melbourne’s skyline
  • Huge deck/outdoor area
  • Daily pintxos specials

285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia +61 3 9416 2238 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.33.12 pm Smith St Alimentari  Go for the…

  • Boho outdoor area
  • Italian food supplies
  • Amazing baked eggs and coffee

304 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia +61 3 9417 7779 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.26.45 pm

CBD (Central Business District)

Little Cupcakes  Go for the…

  • Incredible cupcakes (red velvet yum)
  • Loyalty card for coffee/chai lattes etc
  • Sweet location on Degraves Street

Shop 7 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9077 0413 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.31.27 pm The Grain Store  Go for the…

  • Sophisticated atmosphere
  • Uptown girl style brunch (and by that I mean it’s a little more expensive/fine dining influenced then your casual brunch place.. does that make sense?! haha)

17 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9972 6993 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.24.32 pm 1 Wonderbao  Go for the…

  • Fluffy balls of heaven filled with char siew or veggies
  • Quick on the go lunch
  • Cheap and tasty gooooodness

19-37 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9654 7887 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.26.09 pm Kirk’s Wine Bar  Go for the…

  • Super wine selection
  • Great location for pre-drinks
  • The nicoise salad (aside from Sardine in Bali this is one of my favourite Nicoise salads!)
  • The sharing plates

Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9600 4550 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.26.31 pm Hairy Canary  Go for the…

  • Best eggplant chips in Melbourne
  • Cool and quiet vibes
  • Delicious red wines

212 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9654 2471 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.26.58 pm Longrain  Go for the…

  • South east asian cooking at its best
  • The Massaman curry, the fried silken tofu (WOW) and the dessert platter
  • Communal tables and sharing plates

40-44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9671 3151 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.27.55 pm Gami Fried Chicken  Go for the…

  • What else? The fried chicken!! So good especially when paired with a Korean beer
  • The little nibblies they give out before the meal (pickles and crispy treats)
  • Relaxed no-nonsense atmosphere

100 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9671 3232 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.28.43 pm La Belle Miette  Go for the…

  • Delicate and chewy macaroons
  • Oh so pretty packaging
  • The unique flavours (champagne, violet and blueberry, rose, blackcurrant, lychee and caramel)

30 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC, Australia +61 3 9024 4528 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.30.05 pm Mrs Parma’s  Go for the…

  • Biggest yet best parmas
  • Interesting flavour combos (try the mexican or spag bol parmas)
  • Beer selection
  • (Remember to book in advance because it gets very busy!)

25 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia +61 3 9639 2269 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.32.46 pm Other notable mentions: Siglo – incredible rooftop bar Cumulus Inc – fresh modern food with a heavenly interior Chin Chin – high-end hawker food, seriously one of the best restaurants in Melbourne – great for a drink at GoGo Bar downstairs after (try the fried chicken, kingfish sashimi and murtabak) Jungle Juice – awesome bagels (try the Turkish bagel)

Westside

Hung Vuong Saigon Go for the…

  • Best pho of your life
  • Fresh chicken noodle salad
  • The three bean drink
  • Crispy spring rolls

128 Hopkins St, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia +61 3 9689 6002 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.25.45 pm Boathouse  Go for the…

  • Reasonably priced yet delicious pizza and sharing plates
  • Sweet view of the Maribyrnong River
  • Family style set-up

7 The Blvd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3038, Australia +61 3 9375 2456 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.28.07 pm Seddon Deadly Sins  Go for the…

  • Pressed sandwiches
  • Big breakfasts
  • Big desserts

148 Victoria St, Seddon VIC 3011, Australia +61 3 9689 3092 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.28.53 pm

South Eastern Suburbs

Journeyman  Go for the…

  • Iced coffee, soooo darn good
  • Haloumi sandwich
  • Beetroot cured Salmon salad with poached eggs

169 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, Australia +61 3 9521 4884 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.33.31 pm Three Bags Full  Go for the…

  • Chicken schnitzel sandwich
  • Poached eggs and asparagus (pictured)
  • Cool industrial interior

Nicholson St & Mollison Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia +61 3 9421 2732 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.29.32 pm Fifty Acres  Go for the…

  • Babin’ baristas who make a darn good coffee
  • Fusion brunch dishes

65 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia +61 3 9421 0296 Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 3.27.10 pm

Final Words…

  • You HAVE to go to Messina, it is still one of the best ice-creams I have ever had
  • Visit Victoria Market to sample cheeses, cold cuts and incredible fresh produce
  • Try ethnic food whether it be Etiopian in Footscray, Lebanese on Sydney Rd or Vietnamese in Richmond get out there and give it a go, Melbourne is a multi-cultural place brimming with so much good food
  • Speak with locals about their favourite places to eat, Melbournian’s are a friendly bunch I tells ya (and if they ain’t then ask someone else!)
  • Get a Myki card and take the tram or train to get to the food, it’s a great way to see what local life is really like

I hope this post is informative and inspires you to eat your way through Melbourne! What’s your favourite food experience in Melbourne? Let me know! I’d love to try some new places when I head back in December 🙂

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