A foodie weekend in Melbourne
Whether you’re into a gourmet burger and beer batter fries after footy, or looking for a Michelin star culinary experience, Melbourne really has got something for every foodie. We’re spilling the beans on all the best food and coffee spots to make the most of a weekend in Australia’s foodie city.
Melbourne’s best coffee
Melbournians love their coffee – strong, and preferably served by someone with tattoo sleeves in a café that could be mistaken for an indoor green house. If you’re going to wake up and smell the coffee, it might as well be a flat white at one of Melbourne’s renowned coffee spots:
Manchester Press (CBD) – pick up a bagel while you’re here
Hardware Societe (CBD) – the food is just as good, the lobster benedict is a locals favourite
Industry Beans (CBD) – named the best designed café in the world in 2014
Proud Mary (Collingwood) – A coffee mecca – as well as serving arguably the best flat whites, Proud Mary is also a coffee educator, retailer and roaster.
Seven Seeds (Carlton) – ask any local coffee lover and many will direct you to Seven Seeds
Lucky Penny (South Yarra)
Three Bags Full (Abbotsford)
Auction Rooms (North Melbourne)
Melbourne’s best Cheap Eats
Slightly grungy (in a good way) and very much kitsch, Bimbo (formerly Bimbo Deluxe) is renowned for it’s $4 pizza. The best news is they taste good too. Mexicoq includes taco-spiced chicken, mozzarella and house-made salsa, Prosciutto features mozzarella, parmesan, cherry tomatoes and rocket, 4 Stagioni is a carby slap of salty goodness – Napoli, mozzarella, ham, thyme-infused mushrooms, olives and artichokes.
Keep it simple with a classic hamburger or cheeseburger, or opt for a crispy tofu roll, Japanese fried chicken, charcoal broccoli or slow cooked octopus. Open 24 hours, it’s the spot for those 3am cravings when you still have the dignity not to resort to a Big Mac combo.
Hidden away down a cobbled lane in Melbourne City you’ll find Wonderbao, serving up bao of all shapes and sizes. The BBQ pork bao might be the best $2.80 you’ve ever spent. For something more substantial opt for a soft shell crab bao burger for $11. Heaven in a bun.
If $9 pasta and $9 negronis isn’t enough to get you here, maybe the open fire to roast marshmellows or the draw-your-own table cloth will. Super low key, the joint is suitably only open Friday to Sunday. The menu is ever-changing, but you can usually enjoy a classic puttanesca, carbonara, or even a vegan ratatouille on rice.
Melbourne’s best ‘A Touch Fancy’
This Melbourne staple has been around since 2008 – too old to be fresh and hot, but too new to be iconic. Regardless, it’s good. You can get your Cumulus fix any time of the day. Opt for house made crumpets with whipped ricotta and honey to start the day or Shakshouka if you’re more of a savoury person. Lunch and dinner is intended to share. Think zucchini flowers and charcuterie to start, slow roast lamb shoulder with almonds and roasted red pepper, Burrata with citrus and kampot pepper. If you’ve got room for dessert (or even if you don’t), you can devour a carmelised blood orange tart. Located on Flinders Lane – Melbourne’s art and fashion precinct.
Daughter in Law
It’s Indian, but not as we know it. Chef Jessi Singh doesn’t attempt any sense of authenticity, it’s rebellious – even the butter chicken is ‘butterless’. The ‘Balls of Happiness’ don’t disappoint as a starter, filled with spiced yoghurt, mint and coriander chutney. Beef tartare, typically eaten in streets of Paris rather than Delhi, is given an Indian spin – stuffed into papadum cups with a coriander chutney, green mango powder and crushed pomegranate. A master of Indian fusion, naan pizzas are also on the menu, along with a choice of ten curries.
It’s more than just the food everyone loves at Daughter in Law. The décor is just as the fun as the atmosphere – deco light fittings, millennial pink walls, brass accents and blue velvet.
Di Stasio Citta
Newly opened at what has been labelled the ‘Milan end’of Melbourne on Spring Street, Di Stasio Citta has been highly anticipated. And it hasn’t disappointed. Familiar Italian fare is served in a contrasting space of concrete walls and brutalist architecture. Feast on anchovies wrapped in sage and spindly batter or roasted duck breast with a sticky reduction of jus. Alternatively, choose from an array of handmade pastas. With white linen, contemporary art, chandeliers and marble benches, you’ll want to dress the part – and don’t forget your wallet. It’s not the place if you’re in a rush – sit back and chew the fat.
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