“Try their coffee!” was the only advice that I remembered before going to Melbourne, but, of course there were also some coffee snobs who told me that everything’s just fine. Please do take note as well that I am not the greatest coffee drinker, because of the bad palpitation that I mostly experience when I drink one! Anyway here’s our own version of our recommended places to eat and even drink in Victoria, Australia.
Also just a disclaimer, the first four places are near my hostel, so if you’re backpacking do check out Green House Backpackers, they’re located near some great cafes and also tourist spots in Melbourne, plus their hostel is definitely nice and cosy and they have daily activities that will make you closer with some strangers of the hostel.
Found in a small alley in Flinders Lane is a place that will fulfill your French breakfast cravings while you’re in Melbourne. It may not be the most Australian thing to experience, but the nice staff and relaxing location will simply make you love Roule Galette. Oh, and did we tell you that they serve the loveliest crepes in that area?
Address: 241 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Hours: 7:30-20:00 on Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30-21:30 on Fridays; 9:00-20:00 on Saturdays; 9:00-17:00 on Sundays
One of the most Melbourne cafes that I’ve been to and loved dearly is the Journal Cafe. Tucked inside the City State’s Library is this lovely cafe that looks straight from a novel that a person loves. Besides the incredibly nice staff that they have, their coffee is truly something that I’d always want to go back to. For the meal, I’d recommend for you to try their very own quiche, it’s good for vegetarians and really delicious! One more thing is that if you’re backpacking and would love to be alone with the crowd as you work, do check this place in Flinders Lane.
Address: 253 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Hours: 7:00-20:00 on Mondays-Thursdays; 7:00-21:00 on Fridays; 8:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
Inside the Central Place are some of the loveliest cafes in Melbourne, but one that really made me fall in love with brunch and coffee is Eliana Lulu. They serve Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, but still with the signature Melbourne selection of coffee. Just a tip at this place is that if you’re alone, the best place to sit is at their nook with the window that could help you relax and simply observe everything that passes by you.
Address: 7-9 Centre Pl, Melbourne
Hours: 7:00-16:00 on Mondays-Thursdays; 7:00-21:30 on Fridays; 8:00-16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
The first things that you’ll notice with Doughnut Time is their appealing booth with the creative names of their doughnut selections, so far my favourites are Liam Hemsworthy, Life on Mars, and their vegan option, Fairy Godmother. What I also love about their doughnuts is that it is surprisingly not that sweet and definitely good for one’s breakfast or snacks!
Address: 5 Degraves Street, Melbourne (they have branches around Australia)
Hours: 8:00-22:30 on Sundays-Thursdays; 8:00-23:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
St. Kilda Esplanade Market’s food stalls
Make the most of your Sunday in the state of Victoria and visit St. Kilda’s Esplanade Market! Aside from having a relaxing day at the beach, this Sunday market also offers some of the unique and artistic products made by the loveliest people in town. However, one thing that you should not miss are their food stalls! In my recent visit, I have tried Potato Chef’s Gordon F Ramsay, they also offer a vast selection of potatoes for vegans, and for my drinks, Limonata’s Raspberry juice, they also offer fries and such in this stall. Just a tip, once you’re done shopping and buying food, go to the shore and enjoy a great view while eating some affordable yet utterly delicious food!
Address: The Esplanade, St Kilda
Hours: 10:00-17:00 on Sundays, some stalls extend up until 17:30-18:00
What is Australia without a good steak? Yes, one of the best steaks that I’ve had was here in Half Moon. But what’s greater than steak itself is getting it at a discounted price! Every Monday, the restaurant offers discounted steaks and for the other days they also offer some discounts in some of their food selection and drinks. The place is also near the Brighton Beach Boxes and is located at a nice town. One thing to note however, is they only have water and alcoholic drinks at the restaurant, but hey, a good Yarra Valley white wine is a good alternative for your afternoon in Brighton.
One amazing thing at this restaurant too is that you do not have to worry if you are alone because they have tables for those who visits the place by themselves only.
Address: 120 Church St, Brighton
Hours: 12:00-1:00 on Mondays-Saturdays; 12:00-23:00 on Sundays
Naked for Satan
If you are on the lookout of a nice pub in Melbourne, you’ve probably stumbled upon Naked for Satan already because of their famous rooftop bar. However, that’s not the only thing that you’ll love at this place, because besides its relaxing ambiance after a workday or a long tour in the city, this Fitzroy classic also offers affordable drinks, and truly good Martini! They also have a cheap selection of Pintxos and if you’re lucky to go there on November, chances are the Pintxos are offered for only 0.50AUD each. At the rooftop bar, they offer more choices for your food and I happen to eat chicken pops.
Address: 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Hours: 12:00-00:00 on Sundays-Thursdays; 12:00-1:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
My personal favourite is Melbourne’s Chuckle Park. It’s cosy, plays good music, and just look how colourful and beautiful their place is! They offer good cocktails, one of my favourites is their very own Chuckle Berry Finn that is made of hot chocolate with Vodka, black currant liqueur, and a hint of almond. For food, I suggest for you to try their Cubano and Spanish Lentil Salad. Just a note, this laneway bar is mostly packed, so prepare to share a table with some nice strangers!