Some cities don’t take food too seriously. Melbourne is not one of those cities.
With so many restaurants to choose from, everyone knows the dining game here is a competitive one - and yet the locals are more than happy to give kudos where kudos are due, lining up for the perfect bite or waiting patiently for a great reservation.
For breakfast, there’s no going past croissant cult favourite Lune, where the queue snakes down the street even on a Monday morning. Simplicity is bliss here - you choose from just a handful of available pastries on the day, and there’s a small selection of drinks to go with them, perfect for those overwhelmed by a bigger menu.
For lunch, head straight to Easey’s in Collingwood, which serves burgers and beers from an old train perched on the roof of a five-storey building. While it’s a novelty experience, they take their burgers seriously, with hot dogs and delicious sides such as mac and cheese and wings also available.
Or wander your way down to Rupert on Rupert, which is tucked into the back alleyways of Collingwood. A converted warehouse, head inside to find their stunning indoor garden and enjoy a pizza or a plate from the Mediterranean-inspired menu.
For dinner… well, you’re on holiday, so why not go ahead and order an entire plate of cheese? Milk The Cow in Carlton is a licensed fromagerie which offers cheeseboards, fondues and - a favourite - cheese flights, where they carefully select matching cheese and wine combinations for you to make your way through.
If you’re looking for something more filling, Hochi Mama has spots in both Richmond and the CBD, and has cemented its status as some of the best Vietnamese to be found in the city. Their Feed Me Now deal for smaller groups is an absolute steal, and gets you two small plates, two large plates and a side dish so you can try (almost) everything on the menu.
And finally, no day is complete without dessert. Take yourself to Brunetti’s in Carlton, where you may need to do several laps of the venue before opting for your pastry/gelato/cake of choice; or Babka in Fitzroy to pick up an Eastern-European-style cake or ‘shoo fly’ bun, which has been a talking point in the area for over 15 years now.