Get behind your favourite local food stores and shop small to make a big difference. Think of Melbourne as your personal gourmet farmers market with these essential suppliers.
Within the CBD
Spring Street Grocer
Grab all the finer things in life at this perfect deli and grocer. You can stock up on pasta, meat, fresh produce, antipasto and gelati. Spring Street Grocer also sells lush take-home meals like seasonal risotto or a buttery chicken pie. And don’t miss the cheese cave down the spiral staircase.
Saluministi Alimentari offers a bounty of Italian staples for pick-up and delivery. You can get cotoletta (crumbed pork cutlets), pasta, olive oil, sauces and antipasto. They also stock basic staples like milk and eggs, and some luscious Italian wines.
Everyone’s got their favourite Earl Canteen sandwich. Now you can have it at home with a customised Earl at Home pack. You can also pick up some ready-made meals or bake-at-home sweet treats. Did someone say raspberry ripple and pistachio cookie log?
Queen Victoria Market
The market is open for fresh produce and essentials via pre-order and pickup service. You’d be hard pressed to find more fresh produce, cheese, meat and literally anything else a foodie could ever need under one roof. The Vic Market is renowned for the sensational Dairy Hall, with provedores like Bill’s Farm and RIPE, as well as countless fruit and veg stalls. But make sure you don’t skip the spots selling great staples – we’re talking spices from Gewurzhaus, tea from McIvers and fresh pastries from M&G Caiafa.
Sweet and Nut Shop
Sweet and Nut Shop have put together some inspiring staple kits. The Italian prep kit comes with pasta and canned tomatoes. The Middle Eastern prep kit with falafel and chickpeas. There’s even an Ottolenghi kit to help you cook along with the recipes from his Simple cookbook. Available for pick up or local delivery,
Hungry for a Basque chicken and chorizo stew? What about a rich beef Bourguignon or an aromatic vegetable tagine? Punch Lane’s DIY Dining can sort you out. Available for pick up and home delivery, they’re perfect for these cold winter nights. Why not buy a couple to freeze for later, too?
Grossi a Casa
Dreaming of a lovely Italian dinner by candlelight? Grossi a Casa can package up the whole thing (minus the candles – that’s up to you) for you to take home. Start with bread, olives and some arancini. Then on to the tortellini, the braised beef cheek and some tasty sides. Throw in some bottled cocktails and a tiramisu to share and you’ve got yourself a lavish night.
Has the lockdown led to a ramen deficiency in your soul? Calia can supply you with all your Japanese grocery needs. There’s ramen noodles, Japanese rice, tissue-thin wagyu, and house-made frozen gyoza.
City Wine Shop
If you’re going to take something yummy home for dinner, might as well choose the perfect wine to go with it. City Wine Shop is still open for retail sales and can help you pick something to complement your meal. They’re also selling bottled negronis to take away, in case you feel like a pre-dinner cocktail.
Coffee is considered an absolute essential by most Melburnians. There are plenty of places open for you to grab a bag of beans to take home. Stop by Market Lane, Industry Beans, Dukes, Sensory Lab and Axil among so many others.
Carlton’s University Meat can home deliver the best of the butcher shop window. They stock premium meats, stocks and sauces. There’s also prepared meats like teriyaki chicken and smoky pork ribs on offer.
King and Godfree
King and Godfree, on the corner of Lygon and Faraday, epitomises the beauty of Italian produce. Pick up some perfect charcuterie, cheese, baguettes and beautiful biscuits. There’s also a lovely wine selection.
La Tortilleria is a bright blue beacon in a Kensington back street. You can pick up all your Mexican cooking needs here. There’s freshly made tortillas, totopos and tostadas, as well as Mexican meal kits. Stop in store or order online for pick up.
Botanical Winestore and Grocer
South Yarra’s Botanical is now offering pub classics to heat and eat at home. There’s whole roasted lamb shoulder or a classic lasagne on the menu. You can also pick up a couple of steaks and pantry staples as well as sweet snacks. Wine, craft beer and pre-batched cocktails are also available.
Many businesses are currently operating online only or continuing to use their new online stores. If you don’t want to go out into the cold to pick up your groceries, here are a few that will deliver fresh to your door.
Needing to warm up with a little Mexican heat? El Cielo will home deliver fresh tortillas, gourmet salsas, dried chiles and spices. You can also order Mexican canned goods and Mexican meal kits.
Think of Kinfolk’s Sibling café as the dream organic grocer, bringing the freshest bounty to your door. You can order bakery, dairy and breakfast items. There’s smallgoods, wine, pasta and pulses. There’s fresh produce and laundry products. There’s Sibling signature dishes and sweet treats. There’s coffee. What more could you want?
Yes, winter is here. And Bar Clara is here too, ready to bring their spiced mulled wine and cider straight to your door. They call it a hug in a mug. Which is just what you need in weather like this.
Pokemart delivers seasonal produce boxes, healthy breakfast kits and a lean meat selection. They also have meal kits so you can make your own bao, bolognaise or loco moco. Oh, and you can get a katsu sando too.
If you want to eat well but find yourself running out of steam at the end of the day, Laneway Greens can make it easy for you. They’ll prep and portion everything you need to make a pulled beef bulgogi or a Caribbean coconut curry.
These mini morsels are almost too cute to eat. Order a box of Little Cupcakes for a birthday care pack in the post or just because. Click and collect or local delivery available.