Skip the supermarket havoc in the lead up to Christmas. Melbourne is home to a wealth of boutique grocers, intimate delis and exceptional produce markets. Here’s where to work through your Christmas Day shopping list.
Spring Street Grocer
A staple in the rising sea of deli shopfronts, Melbourne’s Spring Street Grocer is an institution for avid home chefs and professionals alike. Browse through mature cheeses in two boutique, no-frills underground cheese cellars. Cheese is sold at optimum ripeness and rotates seasonally, so you can rest assured your favourite friends and family will be nibbling on the finest cheeses in Melbourne.
Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie
Opened earlier this year on an iconic corner of Queen Victoria Market, Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie is the ideal spot to shop for those who hate the kitchen. Rotisserie chickens, complete with stuffing, along with a host of other meats are available for takeaway. Wine, pickles and preserves, and a selection of sauces and spreads are perfect for those hosting at home.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli
A skip away from Flinders Street,The Organic Food and Wine Deli is the perfect detour from your usual route home. It’s one of the best organic grocers in the city, and its shelves are lined with sauces, spreads, condiments, milks and fizzy drinks. Whether you’re catering for special dietary requirements, or are just looking to reduce your footprint this Christmas, the friendly TOFWD team will help you tick off your shopping list.
Stand on your tiptoes and admire the extensive display of cheese, marinades and antipasto at The Epicurean. It’s one of the friendliest shops in Queen Victoria Market. If you’re having trouble deciphering the names of specific cheese or cold cured meats, one of the enthusiastic employees will be more than happy to chat you through the range.
Queen Victoria Market
One of the oldest and largest open-air markets in Australia, you’ll find everything strange and wonderful at Queen Victoria Market’s fruit and vegetable precinct. It’s an emporium of fresh produce at unusually low prices (just what you need in the lead up to Christmas). Make sure you grab a doughnut from the American Doughnut Kitchen van on your way home too.
From traditional Italian cheeses to an incredible selection of cured meats, fresh pasta, and a handpicked range of Italian wines and beers, celebrate Christmas with a slice of Italy this year. On the Lygon Street strip of Melbourne, DOC Delicatessen is a must stop whether you’re looking for cheese to impress guests, or wines with a difference.