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New places in Melbourne you can finally visit

Pandemic or not, Melbourne’s foodie scene never stops. Along with everything else, 2020 has brought a heap of awesome new venues in the city that are open for takeaway. Here’s where you should go first now that some restrictions have eased. Not sure about heading out? Read the latest health advice from DHHS.


Vegans, this one’s for you. Australia’s first Nuttea location has opened in Melbourne Central, offering 100% plant-based milk tea. From farm to cup they use nuts as the core ingredient, resulting in an extremely creamy, eco-friendly bev. The creamy topping is so thick and delicious, they even give you a mini shovel to dig in! Head to the ELLA based store for contact-free takeaway or get delivery via Ubereats and Deliveroo.

A glass of iced tea with a creamy topping



Just reopened in massive new digs at Emporium, Calia is all about premium Japanese fusion cuisine. With a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Francisco Javier Araya, top eats include crispy roast pork, melt in the mouth Japanese wagyu and the beloved umami fries. Pop into the retail section for rare, high-quality produce from across the globe. Add golden truffle salt, Japanese plum wine or gourmet instant noodles to your basket for an at home feast. Pre-order for pick up or get home delivery from Deliveroo and Ubereats.

The exterior of a shop on a city street



Bakemono is a Japanese inspired bakery hidden in Drewery Lane. Despite its secret location in a converted city garage, this carb-loaded spot often sells out. Get up early and grab a fluffy loaf of shokupan (Japanese white bread), an almond croissant with a hint of yuzu or twice-baked garlic bread. You can visit their laneway bakery IRL or order online for home delivery.

The outside of a bakery



Instea is an aesthetic dream for all bubble tea lovers, bringing creative flavours direct from Malaysia. Think everything from classic milk tea to the super cute ‘sunny egg’ cheese tea range. They even sell a limited edition glamour collection, served in a Chanel inspired bottle. You can also order matcha, coffee and Ovaltine cocoa infused drinks. Currently open for takeaway, with delivery available soon.

A person holding two glass bottles with flavoured milk in them

Instea. Image by @mrkingsley.w.

Gai Wong

Located in North Melbourne, Gai Wong, or ‘Chicken King’, is a Chinese restaurant specialising in Hainanese chicken and char siew pork. Other must-try dishes include crispy skin chicken, fried chicken wings and warming noodle soups. Walk in for takeaway, check their gram for delivery info or text through your order via SMS and WhatsAPP on +61 415 358 801.

Machi Machi

Machi Machi is a new generation of milk tea from Taiwan. From the signature puppy logo to the sleek takeaway bottles, everything is designed with a minimalist hand-painted style. Try an uber rich, pretzel topped hot chocolate or opt for a refreshing fruity iced bev. And we can’t go past their specialty – classic milk tea with fluffy cream cheese foam. Grab one in-store or order on EASI.

The wall of a shop with writing on it that says 'I love you so Machi'

Machi Machi


Malaysian desserts are the speciality at Raya. Step inside the modern, airy bakehouse on Little Collins Street for sweet and savoury delights. Weekly specials include hojicha chiffon cake, white choc matcha cookies and thai milk tea cake and more. Don’t skip the ‘Kueh’ – a popular South-East Asian dessert made with peanuts, pandan kaya custard and coconut. And yes, they deliver.

MOFO Burgers

MOFO has been dealing up American-style burgers and shakes to Carlton locals since May. Here you’ll find the usual suspects along with vego burgers, pork crackling creations and a cheese loaded sides menu. A burger, shake and a side will set you back about 30 bucks on the dot – maybe a little more if you grab dessert too. Contactless pick-up and delivery available via Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Menulog and DoorDash.

A burger on a plate

MOFO Burger

Jok Club

Chinese comfort food has arrived at Jok Club. Traditional home-cooked congee is redefined with a variety of hearty flavours and gourmet toppings. Try the braised pork belly that melts in your mouth, or delicious mushroom and braised tofu. The JC crew also offer their homemade chilli oil for a little added spice. Takeaway available, or  get it delivered straight to your door via LINE (@jokclubmelb) and EASI.

Bowls of takeaway congee

Jok Club

Metropolitan Melbourne is still under certain restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 25kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Please, be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.