Restaurants

Here’s What’s Open This Easter Long Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 10 Apr 2017

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Easter is like the grown-up equivalent of getting a new toy at Christmas and realising you’re missing the batteries. Everything’s closed. The streets are deserted. Phones go straight to voicemail as restaurateurs and café owners take a well deserved chocolate-filled break.

Or do they?

We’ve tracked down a bunch of places open over the Easter long weekend. The ones who acknowledge the sacred mystery of Easter, but want to celebrate that mystery with kickass coffee and breakfast tacos. Amen to that.

Cafes

Frank’s

If Easter weekend for you means relaxing with a coffee in hand and partaking in some quality banter, Frank’s is where you need to be. Did we mention fresh-cooked cinnamon donuts?

Where: 97 Cavanagh Street, Cheltenham
Open: 8am to 2pm, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here.

Rogue District

Cure your Easter hangover with a super smooth coffee and delicious breakfast taco from Rogue District in Brunswick.

Where: 179 Albion Street, Brunswick
Open: 8:30am to 2:30pm, Friday and Monday
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
Check out their website here

Three Bags Full

Abbotsford’s cool-as warehouse café is open early all weekend if you’re craving some post-dawn caffeine. 

Where: 60 Nicholson St Abbotsford
Open: 7:30am – 4pm on Friday and Sunday. 7am – 4pm on Saturday.
Check out their website here

The Boot Factory

On the grounds of the old Pentridge Prison—where prisoners made boots and uniforms for the guards—The Boot Factory is now somewhere people go for pleasure, not punishment. Known for their beautiful homemade bread, The Boot Factory’s all day breakfast menu is perfect for a long brunch in Coburg. 

Where: 19 Pentridge Boulevard, Coburg
Open: 8am to 4pm, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Pidapipo

There’s no better way to finish off an Easter feast than with a beautiful scoop (or ten, no judgement here) of Pidapipo’s rich and creamy gelato. This handmade gelato is made fresh each day using only the finest ingredients, so you know it’s well worth the trip to Lygon Street. Buona Pasqua e buon appetito!

Where: 299 Lygon Street , Carlton
Open: 12pm to 11pm, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Restaurants

Mr & Mrs P

Word around town is that Mr & Mrs P has really resurrected Brighton’s dinner scene. Bay St may be dead over the long weekend, but this place will be buzzing ‘til the wee hours. Try the Matcha Made in Heaven cocktail—it’s a doozy.   

Where: 312 Bay Street, Brighton
Open: 4pm until late, Friday to Sunday
Closed: Monday
Check out their website here

400 Gradi

Also known as The Best Pizza In Town, 400 Gradi’s famous wood-fire ovens will be firing all weekend, so at least you know your pizza needs will be covered.

Where: 99 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Open: 12pm-11pm Friday to Sunday
Check out their website here.

Oriental Teahouse

An oldie but a goodie. If you’re looking for a Last Supper-sized feast this long weekend, look no further than Oriental Teahouse. Bring stretchy pants.

Where: 455 Chapel Street, Prahran
Open: 11am - 4pm then 5pm - 9pm, Friday and Sunday. 12pm - 4pm then 5pm - 9pm, Saturday and Monday
Check out their website here

A Hereford Beefstouw

Craving an Easter steak? This Danish-mod beef house in the CBD will be open for dinner on Saturday. DIY salad bar too for those old-school Sizzler thrills.

Where: 22 Duckboard Place, CBD
Open: 5:30pm – 10pm on Saturday
Closed: Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Check out their website here

Middle Brighton Baths

Fish and chips is traditional Easter fare, so put that deep-fried guilt on-hold. Middle Brighton Baths are open all weekend, with dinner running on Saturday if you’re after a juicy Porterhouse.

Where: 251 Esplanade, Brighton
Open: 12pm - 4pm (with drinks until 6pm), Friday, Sunday and Monday. 
8am to 10pm, Saturday
Check out their website here

Terindah Estate

Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is the cup of my award winning Terindah Estate wine. If you’ve got a Bellarine road trip planned for the weekend, they make an excellent cellar door pit-stop.

Where: 90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine
Open: 10am to 4pm, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Pascale Bar And Grill

QT’s flagship restaurant will be doing a solid dinner trade from Friday to Monday. Pro tip: try the Kaiser Burger.

Where: Level 1, 133 Russell Street, Melbourne
Open: 6pm to 11pm, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Hanoi Hannah

It’s cool, guys, you can relax: Vietnamese WILL be available over the long weekend. Phew. Hanoi Hannah are one of the best – check them out on High St in Windsor.

Where: 180 High Street, Windsor and 267 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
Open: 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday. 12pm to 10pm, Sunday. 5pm to 10pm, Monday 
Check out their website here

Belle’s Hot Chicken

They don’t make it like The Colonel at Belle’s. This is hard-core Nashville-style fried chicken, served from ‘Mild’ all the way to ‘You Will Regret This Decision’. Open all weekend if you’re digging the fried stuff.

Where: 150 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Open: 12pm to 11pm, Friday to Saturday. 12pm – 10pm on Sunday. 
Check out their website here

Fatto Bar & Cantina

Perched above the Yarra and boasting beautiful views of the city, Fatto Bar & Cantina is the perfect place to pull up a seat and crack open the vino. Serving up modern interpretations of Italian classics, choosing between the Roasted Beetroot Risotto and the Crab Spaghettini will be the toughest decision you’ve made all week.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Open: 12pm until late, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Stokehouse Precinct

Everybody’s favourite beach house is open for business this long weekend, and we could not be more thrilled. Stokehouse’s laid back vibes offer everything you’d want from a weekend away at the beach, without the arduous packing and super long drive. Grab some fresh fish and chips at Paper Fish before settling down with a drink and seaside views at Pontoon. Perfection.

Where: 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Stokehouse: Lunch and Dinner service, Friday to Monday
Pontoon: 12pm until late, Friday to Monday
Paper Fish: 12pm until dusk, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here

Cutler & Co.  

If you’re looking for somewhere gorgeous to impress the out-of-towners, this Fitzroy restaurant and bar is the way to go. Open from 12pm Sunday, Cutler & Co. have got your traditional Easter lunch sorted.

Where: 55–57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Dining Room: 6pm, Friday and Saturday; 12pm and 6pm, Sunday
Front Bar: 5pm, Friday and Saturday; 12pm, Sunday
Check out their website here

Bars And Pubs

Grosvenor Hotel

Open late all weekend long, the Grosvenor Hotel is the perfect place for a bite and cheeky bev.

Where: 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda East
Open: 12pm - 1am, Friday and Saturday. 
12pm - 11pm, Sunday and Monday
Check out their website here

505 Cellar 

Looking for a classy late-night tipple? Try 505 Cellar in Toorak. It’s open all weekend and their twice cooked pork belly with caramelised apple and cider jus goes smashingly well with a light red.

Where: 505 Malvern Rd, Toorak
Open: 12pm to 4pm, Friday to Sunday
Check out their website here

Newmarket Hotel

Leagues away from your standard pub grub, Newmarket Hotel will be dishing up its famous soft shell crab BLAT tacos all weekend long. Get around it.

Where: 34 Inkerman St, St Kilda
Open: 12pm - 9:45pm, Friday and Saturday. 5:30pm – 9:30pm on Sunday.
Check out their website here

The Gem Bar

Not only are they masters of American BBQ, they’ve got a new menu that’s almost 50% veggo. Nice one, Gem Bar.

Where: 289 Wellington Street, Collingwood
Open: 12pm - 3pm then 6pm - 10pm, Friday. 12pm onwards, Saturday and Sunday
Check out their website here

Arbory Bar and Eatery

If Arbory Bar & Eatery keeping its doors open over Easter doesn’t make you believe in magic, then we really don’t know what will. Spending a long weekend sitting back and relaxing with a cocktail in hand and a Southern Fried Chicken Burger in our bellies sounds like our idea of heaven.

Where: Flinders Street Railway Station, 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne
Open: 7:30am until late, Friday to Monday
Check out their website here.   

Marion  

For those in desperate need of a moment away from the rellies, Marion offers the perfect sanctuary. Take some time to quaff one of the fantastic local or imported wines while you choose something from the fresh, seasonal menu.  

Where: 53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Open: 12pm until late, Friday to Sunday; 5pm, Monday
Check out their website here

UberEATS

Don’t worry, couch potatoes. We haven’t forgotten you. Our old friends at UberEATS will be out in force over the weekend, delivering Easter treats that give the Bunny a serious run for his money (half-melted chocolate egg vs Jimmy Grants souva? We know what we’re getting.)

Here are a few of our favs that will be available over the Easter Long Weekend.

Oh, one more thing...chocolate hot cross gelato buns are officially coming to Melbourne. Not a drill.

Image credit: The Gem Bar & Dining | Michelle Jarni

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