I love articles like this. They have such catchy headlines and I can’t help but read them. I think this one covers a lot of the things I’d recommend doing around Melbourne but of course there’s a few things to add….
American Doughnut Kitchen
Okay, so this is on their list too – but I completely agree! I took my aunties and uncles to Vic Market and sure enough they enjoyed these tasty treats. Piping hot jam doughnuts.
The Borek Shop
Whilst you’re at Vic Market head over to the foodcourt area and grab a borek. You’ll find the shop by following the queues – they’re not waiting for kebabs… It’s the borek that’s the real star – they come in only a few flavours – spiced lamb, potato or spinach and cheese. Now I haven’t been lucky enough to go recently so I’m not sure whether the flavours have changed but it seems like they’re still going strong popularity wise!
Burch and Purchese
If you’ve got a sweet tooth (don’t we all) – there’s two cake shops that I’d recommend. Burch and Purchese Studios and Le Petit Gateau. Markedly different styles – if you want a lighter more playful dessert, head to B&P. Their store can probably double as a theme park if it was slightly bigger – it’s quite good eye candy with beautiful displays. You can judge from their take on lamington eclair – just too cute!
Le Petit Gateau
Le Petit Gateau from what I’ve tried tends to be on the richer side but ohhh so good. They’re also in this year’s entertainment book for buy one get one free small cake. It’s a shame they don’t have very work friendly opening hours as I mentioned before. If you’re lucky enough to be a tourist then it’s to your advantage!
Now if you wanted something more substantial than doughnuts, boreks and cake, head to La Cassolette on Rebecca Walk near Crown Casino. Charmingly French and impressive seafood. Lunch menu available but you’d have to pass up on the choice between flambe scampi or flambe scallops! The only problem I find when recommending this restaurant is remembering how to spell Cassolette.
Follow the Good Food Guide recommendation for the New Restaurant of the Year and head to Saint Crispin like I did in Collingwood. Fresh ingredients and wildly popular thus far.
Albert Street Food and Wine
I did have a somewhat hit and miss experience with Saint Crispin (which doesn’t seem to have been so for other patrons so maybe I was unlucky). If you want a more consistently performing restaurant, I’d recommend Albert St Food and Wine. Consistent throughout their dishes and with the added bonus of having fantastic desserts. Never fails to impress. Again, in the Entertainment Book!
Now I’ve focused mainly on things to do in Melbourne CBD because it’s just too hard to head out to the suburbs when you’re travelling. I could go on and on about places to go to but I did say I’d try narrow it down to what I’d want to do – anyone have any other places to add to the list?