Whether you like sweets or pastry’s, There will be something around a Melbourne corner just for you! From its fancy restaurants to it’s ‘cheap eats’ laneways you’re sure to find something to satisfy those hunger pangs and munchies. A month isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of it, but we’ve been here long enough to develop some favourites. So here are some of our favourite places to grab a bite (or two!) around Melbourne;
” With the roaring fire and urban Decor, we were easily enticed inside away from the winter’s grip”
Donutopia – South Yarra (more locations coming soon though!)
Move over Krispy Kreme, Donutoptia is here. This little gem can be found on Chappel Street in South Yarra – one of the best suburbs for shopping, and as it turns out, for Donuts too! Their fresh Nutella Donuts smelled and looked amazing, and there are always people inside. They have a great selection of Donuts from the sweet to the savoury, all cooked fresh daily in store but personally, for me, their filled doughnuts are better than their regular ones with fancy toppings; because who doesn’t love biting into a yummy doughnut and having to catch the filling before it falls onto your knee…. The staff here are great too and happy to help if you’re struggling to choose.
Quinti coffee shop – Hawthorn
Melbourne isn’t short of coffee shops, in fact, it’s one of the thing’s this city is famous for. Even outside the main city, you’ll never be short of a place to top up on caffeine, but if you’re looking for good honest coffee the way the Italians make it then hop on a train (Belgrave line) and head over to Hawthorn. Tucked away here is Quinti, a cafe restaurant ran by an Italian family. Dec stumbled upon this place whilst I was at interviews and says it almost the best coffee he’s ever had. Jackamo, the owner, is super friendly and happy to help with directions, or even just to chat – and his little girl is adorable. You can tell he cares a lot about his customers, and not just the $$$ earned off a cup of coffee. If you’re a trained barista looking for a job, you’ll certainly not struggle in this city.
Jimmy Grant’s – Melbourne Central
If you’re a foodie you may have heard of George Dimitrios Calombaris, a famous Australian Chef. Jimmy Grant’s is one of his restaurants offering authentic Greek cuisine, but don’t let its celebrity status put you off. Unlike a lot of celebrity Chef eateries, Jimmy Grant’s is within budget for any traveller looking to splurge, but not burst the bank. For $30 you can enjoy a Mediterranean meat combo (lamb+chicken) with salad and dip, a chicken + Lamb Souvas (Like a wrap, but the bread has had an upgrade) plus chips and a soft drink each. What’s better is Jimmy Grant’s can be found on Uber Eats too! So if it’s raining outside you don’t even need to leave your door (although a visit to experience the laid back vide is a must!)
Cafe Piccante – Fitzroy
Wondering where Dec had his best ever coffee? This is the place! In the hipster town of Fitzroy, you’ll be spoilt for choice with cool/unique places to sit and escape from the city, but with its roaring fire and urban decor Piccante lured us in from the winter weather: We weren’t disappointed. Dec say’s their coffee is amazing, and I personally can vouch for the atmosphere; not to mention their breakfast menu has something for everyone. Looking for suggestions? Try their green eggs and bacon!
Menya Ramen – Melbourne CBD
If you like authentic Japenese and good portions we definitely suggest you try Menya Ramen. With their generous portions, this budget-friendly hunger fix will be enough to see you through the rest of the day. Whether you like something with a bit of spice, or something milder, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Not only is the food good here, but the staff are really helpful and the service is quick. What’s even better it the portions are that generous, you could split a dish between two and still be full at the end. My top recommendation is the Chicken Teriyaki… you’ll not be disappointed.
Squires Loft – Docklands
Squires Loft can also be found in several places across the city but for a more budget-friendly Steak, the Docklands eatery is the one we recommend. Each location has a different feel to it, and after a bit of research Squire Loft at Docklands was by far the most chilled atmosphere of the three, with prices to reflect. Squires Loft claims themselves to be ‘steak specialists’, with a wide range of meat cuts available and a suggested cooking style for each they certainly know what they’re talking about. If you’re like us, and your other travelling half likes steak but you don’t, fear not! They also offer Burgers, Chicken and a good selection of salads for the vegetarians amongst us! At Squires, you’re almost guaranteed a perfect steak, and we can’t wait to go back!
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