To combat Melbourne’s Arctic winter weather, some of our best new cafes have thrown open their doors to welcome all forms of clattering teeth and Rudolph red noses. Shake off that seasonal foodie laziness and head to one of Melbourne’s best up ‘n coming suburbs we’re keeping our plate-sized eyes on.
In a city where it’s virtually impossible to find sub-par brunch, you might find yourself lethargically gravitating towards the same old suburbs every weekend. A drive to the beachside suburb of Ripponlea is easily worth the time for former Attica owner’s latest venture – Lot 3. Expect a no-frills, American-style menu with messy meatball subs and addictively crispy thrice-cooked, hand cut chips. Middle-Eastern inspired Spout Café, the homely Ripponlea Food and Wine and Attica will also tempt the hungry in this foodie ‘blurbs.
George Calombaris’ latest venture has lovers of Mediterranean cuisine hungrily flocking like seagulls to this sleepy beachside suburb. The third Hellenic restaurant in Melbourne (there are two other locations in Kew and Brunswick), the Hellenic Hotel features a contemporary, bright, communal space. Delightfully budget and family-friendly, order the Feed Me More menu to feast on moreish HH rotisserie Chicken, tender glistening lamb shoulder and pillow soft pita. We’ve even got your pre or post-shopping hit list here!
St Kilda has slowly but surely been shaking off its scruffy local image with the opening of some of the most drool-worthy, food-gasmic cafes in Melbourne! Duck around the corner from Luna Park for vegan-friendly eggs, matcha burger buns and green tea pancakes from Matcha Mylkbar. If you’re unwilling to divorce yourself from your one true love (cheese), Pablo Honey is one of Melbourne’s finest new tapas bars. Think dip-able, drippy chorizo and cheese fondido, spiced BBQ lamb shoulder and decisively un-vegan beef tartare quenelles.
With yet another Jimmy Grants (but we’re definitely not complaining) tipped to open in the next 12 months, this southeast suburb is leaping for attention in Melbourne’s foodie landscape. YOMG’s opening last year also makes Glen Waverley the humble home of some of the best burgers, froyo and fries in Melbourne’s east. The Creeper with rich triple beef, triple cheese, triple bacon, jalapenos, sriracha mayo and onion jalapeno jam is worth a trip triple the distance.
Between dirt-cheap groceries and an endless supply of change-worthy, succulent dumplings, The Penny Drop is quietly dishing out a refined, Asian-inspired menu in Box Hill. A seamless, elegant all day eatery, expect delicate dishes like coconut and black chia pudding, braised lamb flank with black caramel and contemporary son-in-law eggs with red curry rice cake, lime and onion caramel. Given the demand for Penny Drop, we have a sneaky feeling more contemporary cafes might be on the way!
South Melbourne is a hub for delectable clean eating cafes, with the latest promising addition leaving visitors with happy bellies. Located in South Melbourne Market, Happy Place is an emporium of healthy dishes, superfood smoothies and clean treats. Another lip-SMAKingly diet-friendly restaurant, Smäk House promotes healthy eating that’s as enjoyable for your tastebuds as your waistline. Insanely Instagram-friendly dishes include the smoked hickory blackened salmon, roasted beetroot felafel with garlic veganaise aioli and their forbidden black rice porridge.
The genius team behind Tall Timber and Short Straw have Melbourne foodies queuing for their latest offering—in Carnegie. Single-handedly thrusting this quiet suburb into Instagram fame, Left Field offers cookies ‘n cream donut sliders with smashed Oreos, salted caramel, bananas, honeycomb, figs and pistachio. Need we say more?
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