It’s nearly the (long) weekend, and here in Melbourne that can only mean one thing. There’s many a meal to be had.

Whether you’re bored with the same old, or fancy trying something new, here’s our weekly round-up of the best places to eat, drink, and be merry – no matter which suburb you live in.


Chill out in one of Melbourne’s first venues to harness the health benefits of cinnamon.

The verdict: Somewhere to spice up your life.

47 Military Road, Avondale Heights, 0430 475 043


That sweet spot between stylish and satisfying – light and airy enough to encourage takeaway coffees, comfy enough to invite you in to sit down.

The verdict: A recent addition to the South Melbourne café scene, Wynyard has the ingredients to stand out. There’s more space to relax than at sister establishment Giddiup, and the kitchen keeps going until 5pm.

1 Wynyard Street, South Melbourne, 9690 9285

Wynyard's salad bowl. Photo: Hari Raj
Wynyard’s salad bowl. Photo: Hari Raj


Heartbreakingly hip rock’n’roll dive bar from the masterminds behind Gertrude Street cocktail palace The Everleigh.

The verdict: In the words of Mariah Carey: “Heartbreaker you’ve got the best of me, but I just keep on comin’ back incessantly.”

234 Russell Street, Melbourne, 9041 0856

Negroni. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen
Negroni. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

Lily Loves George Café

The staff are chilled and relaxed, and the vibe flows through the shop. Soothing music plays on the stereo.

The verdict: Delicious food and a chilled vibe make this the perfect getaway. The friendly staff will make your visit unforgettable.

18 Chapel Street, Blackburn, 0448 328 960


Salt and Pepper Calamari. Photo: Ewen McRae
Salt and Pepper Calamari. Photo: Ewen McRae

Medhurst Wines

Picture a sunny spring Sunday afternoon, beautifully green rolling hills, dogs running around, birds chirping, smiles everywhere. That’s Medhurst.

The verdict: I loved it. Good luck trying to get in ahead of my future bookings.

24-26 Medhurst Road, Gruyere, 5964 9022

Toasted panini. Photo: Daniel Paproth.
Toasted panini. Photo: Daniel Paproth.


The larger, breezier, more modern sister of the much-loved Brunswick Street delicatessen, this restaurant is spacious yet homely, playing laid-back jazz and blues.

The verdict: No matter what mood you’re in, Alimentari has you covered.

302 Smith Street, Collingwood, ph: 9416 1666

Alimentari's meatball wrap. Photo: Jane Horne.
Alimentari’s meatball wrap. Photo: Jane Horne.

Picknick Café

Simple but sleek, this modern café does brunch and lunch staples well, with a further focus on superfoods.

The verdict: Opened only a few months ago, this is a perfect choice for a light lunch or a quick early morning coffee.

124 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North, 9523 8703


Beef sandwich. Photo: Luke Henriques-Gomes.
Beef sandwich. Photo: Luke Henriques-Gomes.

Master of None

A little hole in the wall in Malvern’s emerging train station precinct, this cosy café is vintage with just a touch of French about it.

The verdict: I am forever looking for the perfect sandwich – and I think I’ve found it.

57B Station Street, Malvern, 1300 660 929

Master of None. Photo: Jemimah Clegg.
Master of None. Photo: Jemimah Clegg.