As the Christmas clock ticks closer to 25 December, it’s time to start letting your hair down. And what better way to do that than by dining in one of Melbourne’s best food precincts? South Wharf Promenade – the south bank of the Yarra River from the Polly Woodside to the Charles Grimes Bridge – has really come into its own of late.
Here’s a rough guide to some of South Wharf’s best cafes, bars and restaurants.
Two of the most high-profile restaurants in South Wharf include classy Japanese eating house Akachochin and vibrant Thai venue BangPop. A high-end take on popular Japanese izakayas, Akachochin boasts up to 50 sake varieties and a menu designed to be shared, while BangPop is inspired by the buzzy atmosphere and spicy tastes of Bangkok street food.
Other great venues include Spanish restaurant Bohemian (house-made chorizo and sangria, anyone?); coffee roaster, baker and pizzeria Charlie Lovett; Citizen for great breakfasts and light meals; and Gasolina, an ex-motorcycle workshop-turned Italian trattoria and pizzeria. And don’t forget carnivore’s-paradise Meat Market and the great pub atmosphere of Melbourne Public.
Among the newer kids on the riverbank include cocktail bars Plus 5, Vessel South Wharf and Chihuahua Bar, which boasts more than 100 tequila varieties. Ay caramba! Don’t forget to drink responsibly, folks.
Feel like a South Wharf Promenade expert yet? The only way you’ll really discover what’s on offer is by visiting. So give yourself a break and get ready for some good food and a great view of the Yarra!
Oh, and mention this 30 Days of Christmas blog at Chihuahua Bar during December and you can take advantage of two special offers: two tacos and a Jarritos soda for $12, or two tacos and a Corona for $15. Do the same at Vessel South Wharf and you’ll enjoy a “Hello Sailor” cocktail for half-price (usually $20). Happy Christmas!