HONEYMOON// A Weekend in Melbourne //
Be it your honeymoon, wedding dress girls’ trip or just a weekend away, there are no shortage of guides to Melbourne. You could check out this one or this one so rather then trying to tell you everything you need to see, we are listing the 5 Foodie places we found that are worth a visit as well as a list of recommendations that might already be on your radar (for good reason). If we missed any please let us know, we will be back!
Lune Croissant - Mid Morning Goodness
We had three recommendations for this place so it was top of our list. You can smell the croissants from way down the street and spot the hipsters about the same time too. Apparently, if you go in the morning expect to be met by a queue of butter loving locals. We went in the early afternoon and managed to avoid the crowds and still score one of their famous pastries. Purpose built for croissants, this warehouse is becoming more and more well known, so expect to spend $10 on one of these bad boys. Open Tuesday to Wednesday from 7.30 - 3ish so grab a morsel and wander the hip streets of Fitzroy
11 Rose St Fitzroy | www.lunecroissanterie.com
Paper Boy Kitchen - Downtown Shopping Pitstop
Vietnamese seemed to be a bit of a theme on our trip and for good reason, fresh, sweet-salty goodness full of herbs and dipped in peanut sauce, what's not to love. Paperboy Kitchen was a recommendation and just as well because I'm not sure we would have stopped otherwise. Unassuming from the outside but well worth a visit, fast and fresh and perfect as a break from shopping in town. Order the spring rolls or Bahn mi, its a good time.
320 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne | paperboy.com.au
Ned's - Fresh Bread / Breakfast, Lunch & Wine
We stayed in South Yarrah so Ned's happened to be our local, while the coffee leaves something to be desired (sorry, harsh but true) the pastries and fresh bread were stacked high and made on site daily. There is a strong European feeling and the wine list looked pretty impressive, so if Carbs and Vino mid-afternoon are your thing this might be one to add to the list. They have a pretty impressive array of cabinet salads and sandwiches and they seem to be particularly pet-friendly, we spotted 4 dogs inside on our two visits in case that's a deciding factor for you.
134 Toorak Rd, South Yarra | www.nedsbake.com.au
Abacus - Dinner With Friends
We walked past this place a few times and from what we could see it seemed to be busy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We were meeting friends and needed somewhere nice for our last night. Since booking a table can be hard in Melbourne, the fact that you could ended up being a deciding factor, but not one we regretted.
Put on ya nice jeans and go hungry, this is a starter, main, desserts and wine to match kinda joint so save up a bit of cash and enjoy it. The menu was small but well thought out and what I would suspect you call somewhat "Modern Australian". They seem to like sous vide but managed not to be too stuffy. The perfect amount of fancy with enough vibe to ensure you order that next glass of wine.
383 Chapel St, South Yarra | abacusbar.com.au
Serotonin Dealer Cafe - For the Health Nut
"Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery, an Exercise Centre and has an Education platform. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best".
Out in the ‘burbs, this one is for the health nuts, although I'm confident that everyone would find something to satisfy on their extensive brunch style menu. The offering is meat free but in my opinion, it's not missed. These guys were on the buckwheat pancake, vegan nourish bowl, yogi train long before it was the norm and they have done an amazing job of house-made meals using fair trade organic ingredients.
Oh and if you fancy eating your brunch on a swing they have those too...
52 Madden Grove, Burnley | serotonindealer.com
Master Roll Vietnam
Best damn Vietnamese takeaways right by South Yarrah train station. Grab these on your way home and eat them in bed in your hotel while you plan tomorrow’s itinerary
Pretty good coffee close to Chapel street, the menu looked good too but we didn't make it back for breakfast.
Highly recommended places You've probably heard of
Asian fusion, always a good time. Go here early and put your name down, head off for a drink while you wait.
Good cafe, good coffee, great fit out.
Specialty Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
One of the places everyone recommended. Modern and cool Japanese, the lobster rolls and dumplings come highly recommended.
Ultimate date night and views $$$$ fine dining and bookings are essential
If modern Indian is your thing head here.
Higher Ground and The Kettle Black
Epic brunch spots owned by the same group.