Eat & Drink
Dive into Melbourne’s dining scene. Great coffee, food with finesse and a cool bar scene are all on
offer right across the city and suburbs.
Melburnians take breakfast very seriously, spending time with family and friends over coffee and eggs even on a week day. Settle into the sophisticated surrounds of Higher Ground and choose from delicious dishes like warm polenta and cornflakes, stracciatella icecream, dried banana, marzipan and honey. Another smart choice is The Kettle Black, where there’s an Asian influence across the menu. At sunny Addict Food and Coffee grab one of the outside tables, commune with the local pups and order something like coconut chia pudding or French toast crumpets. highergroundmelbourne.com. au thekettleblack.com.au /addictmelbourne
If it wasn’t for the trams running along the street below, you might think you’re in Paris at the Provincial Rooftop, with its pretty potted trees and cafe tables.
Its cocktail, the Blood In (Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz gin, strawberries, balsamic and vermouth), is the taste of summer. Stare out towards the city skyline at Upside Rooftop Bar while you peruse the cocktail menu with its emphasis on Japanese flavours. Up late? Climb the stairs at the European to find Siglo, a European wine bar on a terrace overlooking Parliament House.
It’s the perfect spot for a nightcap. provincialhotel.com.au upsiderooftopbar.com.au siglobar.com.au
New in the ’burbs
It’s worth a trip to Brunswick
East to visit Dunning Kruger.
At this cool bar, the owners bake sweet American-style pies during the day and serve up a short but astute list of cocktails, local beers and wines by night. An old bank in Richmond has been transformed into Fargo and Co, a classy cocktail bar with a list of classics, tasty newcomers and even some (an espresso martini and passionfruit bellini) on tap. If you want to eat kebabs, albeit fancy ones, as you sip cocktails with a Middle Eastern theme, the new Biggie Smalls in Windsor is your kind of place. dunningkrugerbar.com fargoandco.com.au biggiesmalls.com.au
Take it Outside
There’s nothing like a beer in the sunshine when the weather is playing nice. In the city, find a spot at Trunk, where the spacious garden connects the diner with the more formal restaurant. Hang out with locals at The Standard, where the sprawling beer garden plays host to family groups and mates catching up over a meal. Its green exterior has been maintained, but the Terminus Hotel has had a seriously smart upgrade that includes a two-level tropical beer garden as well as an outdoor terrace bar. trunktown.com.au thestandardhotel.com.au theterminushotel.com.au
Food on Wheels
Each weekend, a new collective of meals on wheels arrives at Preston’s Food Truck Park (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday).
You might get a choice of tacos or Indian curries or Korean dumplings or fancy donuts, but whatever’s there is sure to be tasty. Craft beers and wine are served up by Barry’s Bar and there are plenty of places to sit and chat with friends.
From Faraway Shores
Throughout Melbourne you’ll find cuisines from many nations, served up in humble eateries as well as high-end fine-diners and everything in between. Head to Victoria Street in Richmond for Vietnamese food, or Little Bourke Street in the CBD, where Chinatown harbours hundreds of restaurants serving dumplings, Peking duck and more. Carlton’s Lygon Street is known as Little Italy. And that’s just the start of it. In the CBD, Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar has a hip vibe and shared Asian plates, like yellow fin tuna tataki. Feast on handmade pasta at Lello Pasta Bar — a feature is culurgiones, which are plump Sardinian ravioli filled with potato, mint and pecorino. A perennial favourite with locals is HUTONG Dumpling Bar, where you can watch as cooks fold the delicate parcels downstairs before taking your seat upstairs. The xiao long bao (soup dumpling) game is strong here. lucylius.com.au lellopastabar.com.au hutong.com.au
Estelle Bistro, Northcote
The Kettle Black, South Melbourne
Biggie Smalls, Windsor
Word on the StreetRebecca (14) from RichmondMum took us to Rowena Corner Store where they have these amazing freakshakes. It took me ages to decide which one to have, but I chose the Tim Tam, which has got Tim Tam gelato, loads of gooey fudge, chocolate syrup, flaky chocolate and crushed-up Tim Tams. It was awesome, but it took me almost anhour to finish it. rowenacornerstore.comTrunk
Lello Pasta Bar Eugene Hyland
HuTong Dumpling Bar