Whether you’re social distancing indoors with (up to) five friends, taking a solo stroll for a dose of green, or keeping things virtual for now. Here are some ideas that won’t hit the hip pocket too hard.
Coffee in the park
As long as you keep your distance, queuing for coffee to fuel your state sanctioned walk is officially okay. Warm your hands around your mid morning cuppa while you stretch your legs. Pair an espresso from Jardin Tan with a wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Stroll around Flagstaff Gardens with your soy latte and fresh croissant from Operator 25. Or grab a convenient caffeine fix from Cafe Babbo before hitting the Carlton Gardens world heritage-listed paths.
Get cooking with free classes
Save your bank balance from the UberEats order now button. Pop on a free podcast and spend Sunday arvo cooking. Not gifted with a wok? Get tips to eat well on a budget, boost your gut health with beans and feed your brain for a study sesh. Sow, Grow, Graze classes from The Social Food Project are free. Or check out the Sandro Demaio Foundation’s free, easy peasy recipes that the kids can try too. Get Healthy at Home with banana bread, flatbread pizzas and cauliflower korma.
Host a mini dinner party
Don’t stress the food prep. Impress your (up to) five guests with gourmet heat and eat meals from Melbourne’s finest laneway haunts.
You plus five guests equal six. And Pentolina’s family feast serves exactly that. Coincidence? Hardly. Just over $18 a head will get you lasagne, slow-cooked pork belly and rosemary roast potatoes. Room for dessert? 10 for $14 Lukumades on Deliveroo. They even have vegan options, and extra Nutella is only $2.50.
Plant a veggie patch
While you’re at Queen Victoria Market, swing past new trader on the block Robbo & Sons. Pick up 5 for $10 broccoli, cauliflower, celery, silverbeet and bok choy seedlings. And grow your own supply for winter. They’re in Shed I – near the American Doughnut Van.
Join an online dance party
Push the couches against the wall, don your tallest platforms and burn baby burn to three hours of Studio 54 beats. Mr McClelland’s Finishing School takes the party online on Fridays. Go-go dance to 60’s pop 22 May and disco boogie 30 May. Join solo for a fiver and meet your mates there or sign up the whole household for $10. BYO glitter.
Shop up at the market
Skip the supermarket and hit Queen Victoria Market. All Nonna’s know it’s the only place to get a $1 veggie soup bag. Stock up on fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish, cheese and wine and bathroom botanicals. Here’s a handy list of all the stalls that are open for takeaway and delivery. Prefer to shop from home? Here’s who’s offering online shopping.
Do free virtual Tai Chi
Shake up your at-home exercise routine this weekend with the Chinese martial art of tai chi. Tune in to Fed Square’s virtual tai chi classes and breathe out slowly with Master Han Jin Song to promote health and relaxation.