Lunchtime Delivered: Melbourne’s Best Outdoor Lunches for Business Travellers

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Between meetings, emails, timelines and deadlines, making the most of your lunch hour is more important than ever. Take a break from the office with our pick of the best outdoor spaces – and meal deliveries – in Melbourne’s CBD.

 

Delivery to Carlton Gardens

A World Heritage-listed parkland on the fringe of the city, Carlton Gardens is prime lunching territory for office workers on the north-eastern side of the CBD.

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Mile End Bagels

Via UberEats and Deliveroo

Bringing a taste of Montreal to Melbourne, the sweet and crunchy bagels at Mile End are the perfect handheld lunch to enjoy outdoors. Go for the turkey, Swiss and cranberry on poppy seed, or keep things classic with a sesame bagel and homemade schmear.

 

St. Ali

Via UberEats, Foodora and Deliveroo

A go-to for city office workers when it comes to coffee, St. Ali is equally revered for its breakfast and lunch. Skip the queue and get all your brunch favourites delivered instead, including a mini loaf with blueberry crumble for your afternoon slump.

 

Little Big Sugar Salt

Via UberEats and Foodora

Stressed out? Little Big Sugar Salt’s takeaway sandwich menu has your comic relief and lunch break covered in one. Order the David Baguetta, Tina Tuna or Hawaiian Reynolds, or keep things on the lighter side with all-day acai bowls and daily salads.

 

Delivery to Domain Gardens

Wedged between the Yarra River and the CBD, this group of four parklands occupies more than 38-hectares southeast of the city, making it an ideal picnic spot for office workers in the city’s south-east.

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Huxtaburger

Via UberEats and Deliveroo

A cult burger joint with a touch of nostalgia, Huxtaburger’s Bill Cosby-themed menu lives up to the hype. Go big with the Theo – a double patty burger with bacon and cheese – or keep things classy with Clair – a southern-fried chicken sandwich with jalapeno mayo and slaw. Lunching with colleagues? Opt for one of the feast deals for a team lunch even the finance team can agree on.

 

Pokéd

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If you’re worried about a big lunch weighing you down, opt for a fresh bowl of poke instead. The first restaurant of its kind in Melbourne, Pokéd’s Hawaiian-style sashimi salads can be customised to fit your tastes and offer maximum portability for lunching on the go.

 

Biggie Smalls

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Looking for the best of both worlds? Biggie Smalls' American-meets-Middle Eastern kebabs feature a healthy twist with flaxseed falafels, raw slaw and loaded hummus to balance out the carbs. Keep things fresh with a BBQ corn and smoked almond salad, or go all in with the Piggy Smalls –a winning combination of pork belly, candied peanuts, crackling and chilli jam.

 

Delivery to Flagstaff Gardens

The oldest park in Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens’ seven hectares of green space make it an ideal midday escape for business travellers based in Docklands and surrounds.

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Wonderbao

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What better way to enjoy a picnic-for-one than with fluffy, bite-sized baos? The gua baos at Wonderbao may be too small for a meal, but for diners who crave variety, this mix-and-match option is a top choice. Make your own feast of fried chicken, pork belly or crispy eggplant baos, or upgrade to a two-bao combo for a tasty and affordable desk lunch alternative.

 

Crisp

Via UberEats, Foodora and Deliveroo

A favourite with health-conscious and time-poor office workers, Crisp’s on-the-go range of salads, smoothies and snacks have been fuelling the city since 2014. And with vegetarian, vegan and high-protein options available, there’s plenty to tuck into no matter your tastes.

 

Fonda

Via UberEats, Foodora and Deliveroo

Combining Mexican fare with modern-day superfoods, Fonda dishes up South and Central American favourites without the guilt. The fish burrito with quinoa is a convenient one-hander for office workers who want to eat on the go, while the quesadillas, salads, guacamole and corn are a sure bet for those who don’t mind settling in.

 

Hungry for more? UberEats, Foodora and Deliveroo operate throughout Melbourne’s CBD, with restaurants, menus and delivery zones updated regularly.

Plan your workday picnic ahead of time when you book flights to Melbourne with Virgin Australia.

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