Stylish Melbourne is a city that has it all, cosmopolitain people, arty streets, pretty beaches, dynamic night life and good quality food. Melbourne is renowned for the variety of its food, not least because it is a melting pot of cultures and that again is reflected in its many restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, markets and food trucks. Now I am usually not one for returning to a destination already visited but with Melbourne I would make an exception for various reasons. First, I only spent 2 days there and second, that just wasn’t enough time to explore the local food scene. However I have collected 6 of my favorite foodie things to do in Melbourne. Only six highlights? That doesn’t sound enough for Melbourne, right? That’s why I need to come back again to complete my list of indulgences.
6 Foodie Things To Do in Melbourne
1. Have A Cake On Acland Street
There are many great things to do in Melbourne but standing infront of the display windows of the many amazing cake shops on Acland Street has to be my favorite food moment. It’s just the sheer excitement of looking at the huge choice of small pastries, tarts and cookies, knowing that you have to make a decision and going forth and back between some tempting options. I don’t really remember anymore what I eventually picked out, I know it was good and with cherries but I do know that I wanted to go back the second I finished my sweet treat.
2. Buy Fresh Pasta In Little Italy
If I had to choose between my two favorite cusines, French and Italian, I would rather eat pasta than steak tartare all day long. So you can imagine that Melbourne’s Italian Precinct was paradise to me. Centered on Lygon Street you find many Italian restaurants, locals shops and even an Italian-inspired piazza. Little Italy is the place where Melbourne popular cafe culture was born and if you are lucky and have a sunny and warm day, it really feels like strolling along a side street in Rome.
3. Shop Local Food On Vic Market
The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne. The open-air market could be easily taken as a tourist trap but it is both locals and sightseers who visit this wonderful fresh-food market. Now you have two groups of tourists that come to see Queen Vic, the ones that find a pleasure in just wandering around and taking pictures of the food, people and atmosphere. And the ones like me who get increasingly frustrated every time they have to pass another stunning food stand without buying or tasting anything. If you do belong to the second group, jump right to point 4 (have a picnic at Carlton Gardens). But just before that, get a fresh baguette, some creamy cheese, a box of juicy strawberries and a bottle of local white wine.
4. Have A Picnic At Carlton Gardens
Melbourne’s parks offer a wonderful opportunity to make the most of your day, like having a picnic with food bought from Vic Market. Carlton Gardens happened to be on my sightseeing tour as it is a World heritage side and located next to the Melbourne Museum. Its impressive lawns and beautiful landscape design has made it a favorite to locals for spending their leissure time. You find drinking fountains, picnic tables and benches throughout the park which makes it a perfect destination for a lunch break in the sun.
5. Grab A Hot Dog From Phat Brat
I didn’t come prepared to know all the hot food spots in Melbourne. Consequently it was rather according to the random principle that I choose what to eat. It was either looking good or I was hungry. When I discovered Phat Brats I just had breakfast a couple of hours ago but I also didn’t want to miss the opportunity of having a vegan bratwurst with beetroot salsa and cheese sauce. So if you happen to pass by Phat Brat, grab one of their delicious hot dog/bratwurst foods, no matter if you feel hungry or not.
6. Get Lost in Chinatown
Now that I have lived in Hong Kong for 1.5 years I guess I have seen it all. I’m talking about Asian food and I start to miss it. And I am also more aware than ever that the Chinese restaurant in my small hometown doesn’t make Chinese Chinese food but some weird ‘German’ised version of it. So whenever I visit Chinatown I appreciate the food more than ever before because you usually get a very similar feel and taste like in Asia. And Chinatown in Melbourne is no exception.