With the mighty Melbourne food truck still reigning supreme across this great food-crazed city, it’s no surprise there are now a stack of new decked out hot spots solely dedicated to the cause. And what better way to celebrate Melbourne food truck awesomeness than to hang with your crew in a new locale full of delicious eats that only the best Insta pics are made of! Whether you’re after an inner city hangout with juicy burgers or tacos, or you’re on the hunt for an all-out food truck congregation with a rotating roster and more cocktail jugs than you can handle, we’ve done the hard yards for you. Let us present Melbourne’s best food truck hot spots for summer!
The Gem Bar & Dining Room
If your Mondays are feeling a bit stale, liven them up with a trip to The Gem Bar & Dining Room in Collingwood. Each Monday from 5pm-9pm, this fantastic American-inspired hot spot is the go-to for good ol’ fashioned food truck fare. With Beatbox Kitchen doing the circuit this week and little bro Taco Truck parked and ready to go, you and your homies will be able to get your mitts on delicious burgers, amazing tacos and a plethora of other moreish delights to be added very soon. And if that’s not enough they’ve also thrown in a happy hour from 5pm-7pm with $10 margaritas and $3/6 pots and pints of craft beer. Monday = sorted.
St Kilda East
Highly anticipated Hank Marvin has proven it’s not going anywhere in a hurry since it’s southside launch in August. With sweet digs in St Kilda East and an epic line-up each Saturday featuring vendors along the likes of Mr Burger, Hoy Pinoy, Pierogi Pierogi, The Snag Society, Pizza Wagon, Hammer & Tong and more, there’s definitely enough to keep you occupied on your Saturday afternoon of fun. Wash down your flavourful feed with a selection of beer and ciders on tap, spiced rum iced chai or a pimms by the jug! Got you salivating yet? Make sure you’re following Hank’s Facebook page to ensure you’re up-to-date with each week’s food offering. You’re welcome.
Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival
For several nights throughout the summer, the Coburg Drive-In will play host to some of the meanest food trucks Melbourne has to offer. And what better way to enjoy a flick with bae than by chowing down on some Kaiser Sausages and some Sliders on Tyers? Just book your ticket online and when you show up, you’ll be in food truck heaven—It’s that simple. All of the food trucks attending (they rotate each month) mean serious business so make sure you arrive hungry. How about finishing on a sweet note with Manny’s Donut Café or Jay’s Yogurt… And you thought picking the movie was going to be tough!
Welcome to Thornbury
If you haven’t heard about Welcome to Thornbury from your cool hipster buds, now’s the time to say you did. One of Melbourne’s first permanent bar and food truck stops, Welcome to Thornbury is licensed for over 700 people and has about six trucks onsite daily with over 40 different food trucks spanning the entire month. Repeat offenders include Melbourne food trucks Lil Nom Noms, Mr Burger, The Curry Truck, Dos Diablos, Ramen on Wheels and many, many more. Plus there’s a heap of beers on tap as well as refreshing cocktail jugs to share. Seriously, seven days of food trucks? You better get moving.
Get yourself to Williamstown on any given Friday to enjoy some serious food truck fun with the whole family. Find yourself a possie out the front of the Pirates Tavern as you take in the music and chow down on a heap of tasty offerings cooked up by the likes of Little Mushroom Co, Dos Diablos, Damon’s Diner, Jay’s Yoghurt and a stack of other food truck lovelies scheduled for summer. Sound like a good way to end the week? We think so.
An oldie but a goodie—a food truck hotspot list just wouldn’t be the same without a Yarraville Gardens mention! You know the drill; grab a picnic rug, some loose change and a drink or two and head on over to cue the parkland for some of Melbourne’s best food truck offerings. From The Curry Truck to Greek Street Food, The Brulee Cart and Senor Churro there’s something for everyone, and in just about every meal group too! Yarraville Gardens is open for food truck madness every Mon – Friday from 5.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from midday! That’s dinner sorted every single night.
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