Being only an hour away from Adelaide, Melbourne has always been somewhere I’ve loved to visit to get away and re-charge, eat amazing food and have a few (or more!) cocktails. Here are some of my favourite spots to eat
34 Degraves Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
The one place that we knew we had to visit while away was Degraves Street. It’s more of laneway than a street, but it’s jampacked full of little eateries with one long passsage way down the middle to eat and enjoy. We chose Mockturtle as their menu looked amazing and the coffee smelt incredible….and neither disappointed! Definitely a must visit, but the whole laneway looks good as well.
Open 7am – 4pm daily
190 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
I first came across Bistro Morgan on the TV show Shark Tank and when he said that he’d opened up a shop in Melbourne, I knew I had to visit! The donuts are breathtaking! All of them have some sort of filling, with some having the syringes so you can control just how much you have. My favourite was the Gaytime Crunch which is the Brioche bun, Chocolate Glaze, Honeycomb crunch and Salted Caramel syringe. The best part is that airport security was happy for me to take the syringes through as they were food!
Open 10am – 5pm
ST. ALI COFFEE ROASTERS
12 Yarra Place, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Small PSA: If the Barista at your hotel recommends somewhere to go, YOU GO THERE!! I’ll talk more about our amazing Barista – Ebony – later, but this was one place that she recommended for us to go and it didn’t disappoint. They are incredibly popular, so expect a possible wait, but it’s definitely worth it. They originally started as coffee roasters, then took over a warehouse to turn it into an eatery as well. I had probably the most unhealthy option on the menu, but I did not regret it in the slightest, even though I felt ill walking back to the city haha! I had the “USA Today Pancakes” – 2 thick and fluffy US style pancakes with grilled bacon, whipped Butter and Canadian Maple Syrup. I tried to even it out with my juice – Tropicana Juice (Pineapple and Lime), but I still felt like I needed to be rolled out! St Ali isn’t that far from the Melbourne CBD, but if it’s a nice day, I highly recommend just walking it – it’s one easy walk!
Open 7am – 6pm daily
PADRE COFFEE SOUTH MELBOURNE MARKETS
Stall 33 South Melbourne Market, Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Padre coffee was yet another recommendation from our favourite barista at the Oaks, Ebony. It’s not hard to see that we’re coffee nuts – so when she recommended for us to go to South Melbourne, she also told us we HAD to go to the markets as well, and while we were there, to stop in at Padre coffee. There’s is the type of coffee shop that always has a line out the front. We were lucky enough to snag a table out of the front and it was lucky – a “medium” size is literally a bowl of coffee… lucky we didn’t get a large! The coffee was exceptional (the best we had all trip – sorry Ebony!) and this is saying something considering how many coffee places Melbourne has! If you’re passing through South Melbourne, definitely pop in!
Open 11am-4pm Friday – Sunday and Wednesday
ARBORY BAR AND EATERY
1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000
Arbory was the last of the restaurants recommended to us by the trusty Ebony. Over summer, Arbory runs as a floating restaurant and bar on the Yarra River, but when we were there, it was just a restaurant/bar on the banks, with portable heaters to help out on the cold mornings! For this breakfast, I tried to go a little less indulgent – this time a warming porridge with fresh fruits. It was beautifully presented and absolutely amazing – went perfectly with the Espresso Martinis we were drinking at 9am! We were planning to go alcohol free for our last day, but they had them on tap, so we just had to! It was a great spot to people watch and just generally relax!
Open 7.30am – 1am daily
MELBOURNE SOUTH WHARF
I’ve highlighted South Wharf before as a good place to go to bar hop, but it’s also a good place to dine as well, with most locations offering great cocktails as well as food options. When we were at Melbourne Public, we had some amazing sliders and Arancini – good nibbles before moving onto dinner at Plus 5 along South Wharf. Here I had the most scrumptious Gnocchi in a Chilli, Garlic and Tomato sauce. Whilst providing great food and drink, it was also a great place to watch the sunset as well!