Searching for some local charm not far from the big smoke? Domain Road Village, a scenic spot next to Royal Botanic Gardens, has plenty of options to keep you fed from morning to night. Get there by a short tram or bike ride down St Kilda Road or 605 bus via Queen St and Birdwood Avenue.
Housed in a grand old Edwardian terrace, Entrecote brings a touch of France to this leafy neighbourhood. Drop in for breakfast, lunch or a candlelit dinner.
If seafood is your weakness, then Bacash is the answer to your marinara dreams. Try the chargrilled calamari or the Lebanese-style snapper for a zing of Mediterranean flavours.
Japanese casual dining
The sun’s finally shining and it’s too good to bunker down inside? Grab a bento box or sushi from Ichi Ichi Ku and head over the road to the gardens for a picnic izakaya-style.
The artisan bakery
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a custard-filled bomboloni and other delicious pastries from Baker D Chirico. Don’t leave without picking up a loaf of their fresh crusty sourdough for later.
Casual drop in
Enjoy brekky and a latte at Domain Brasserie while inhaling views of the gardens.
All day drinking and dining
For a more casual affair, Gilson is your local osteria offering everything from cocktails and tasting plates to pizza and pasta. Weekend brunch runs until 4pm.
The friendly local
Fondly termed ‘The Bot’, this buzzing local favourite offers a dining room, bistro, bar and, wine store. With a generous wine and cocktail list, it’s a great go-to for a post-work aperitif and bite to eat.