Tucked between North Melbourne and Flemington, Kensington is an adorable suburb that often flies under the radar. Packed with great cafes and restaurants, it’s well worth a visit. Here are some of the best restaurants to hit up the next time your around this little inner-west pocket.
Home to authentic, quality Mexican food and dishing up some of the best tortillas in town, what La Tortilleria lacks in size, they make up for in quality and flavour. The menu is concise and delicious and there are a few cosy spots out the back where you can grab a table and enjoy truly authentic Mexican—something that can be hard to come by in Melbourne.
The Abyssinian has been dishing up top-notch Ethiopian cuisine to Melbournians for some time now. You’ll find authentic dishes from the horn of Africa–think slow-cooked meats, plenty of spices and a healthy serving of injera bread. The interior is relaxed and intimate, and you’re encouraged to enjoy the food with your hands. You’ll want to travel from across the city to enjoy this Kensington gem.
I Love Dumplings
With a few locations sprinkled around the city, I Love Dumplings is a little rough around the edges but delivers where it counts. Enjoy quality dumplings or go for something else on their heavily extensive menu, and who doesn’t love a bottle of BYO wine.
Kensington Food Hall
A staple but a necessity, Kensington Food Hall is a great food and wine bar situated in the heart of Kensington. With a vibrant menu and a range of tapas to share–we recommend trying the popcorn cauliflower and following it with the Spanish doughnuts. Or get down on Wednesdays for a full Spanish infused night with $10 paella and jugs of sangria.
The perfectly quintessential local café, Luncheonette has a limited offering but dishes up some quality eggs, and some amazing coffee as well. Perched on a corner close to Kensington Station, the venue is light and bright with white-wash walls and window seats. We recommend grabbing the baked eggs and soaking up the mellow atmosphere for your next brunch.
Pimm Thai Cafe
Head to Pimm Thai Cafe for Thai food with a bit of flare. The eatery is cosy, and the food is well crafted, although the decor is a little hard on the eyes, you’ll be less focussed on your surroundings and more on the sticky rice.
Serving up strong flavours, spicy laksa and other forms of traditional Malaysian-Chinese cuisine is Laksa King. A buzzing restaurant just north of Kensington (yes, it’s technically Flemington) that should be next on your list for quality hawker-style food that packs a punch.
If we’re talking about quality eateries in Kensington we couldn’t leave out The Premises. A rustic little cafe with exposed bricks and eclectic decor. With a brunch menu that would rival any other inner-suburb cafe and an offering of excellent coffee, The Premises makes its mark as one of Kensington’s hidden gems.
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