Got an interstate mate to impress? Here are the latest bars and restaurants in Melbourne’s laneways.
Croft Alley art
Make sure this little lane’s on your walking tour list – Croft is always a good bet for new murals and pieces. As well as the ever-changing parade of street art, Croft Alley is home to Melbourne’s first theme bar. The Croft Institute’s ground level is like your high-school science lab, but without the exams.
New York essentials on Collins
True New Jersey style bagels are the mission at 5 &Dime Bagel. Munch on your cream cheese filled ring and watch wide eyed as they’re kettle boiled then stone baked. Try a bialy – sans hole – or New York deli-style sandwich starring 5 & Dime’s house made cured meats or vegan filling options.
Brunch in Equitable Lane
Originally the building’s loading dock, tiny 10-seater Heresy is stylish grab-and-go coffee and brunch spot. Try the K.I.S.S (“Keep it Simple Stupid”), with baked egg, feta, cherry tomatoes and basil, or pick from a selection of coconut yogurt, fruit and muesli Tupperware takeaways to go with your locally roasted espresso.
Wonder-filled pies on ‘Lil Lonsdale
Baked fresh daily, these are no ordinary pies. Whether you walk in with an XL appetite (the ‘Tradie Slammer’ pie comes inside a brioche bun), a spesh diet (try vegan tarts and gluten free treats), or a flock to feed a (grab a takeaway dinner pack complete with family pie plus giant mash side), Wonderpop Deli is wonder-filled for sure.
Fulton Lane faves
At Melbourne’s newest foodie district on Fulton Lane (near Queen Vic market) you’ll find Malaysian pan mee noodle soups at Jojo Little Kitchen, home style fried rice and congee at Plus Eight Five Two Café and bubble tea dream drinks at Oh My Brew. After a feast for a crowd? Grill beautifully marbled wagyu, short ribs and Lakes Entrance-caught prawns at Mansae Korean BBQ and pair with authentic fried rice cake, kimchi and soju for the table.
New bubble tea in the Causeway
What’s that line in the Causeway you ask? Ghislaine milk tea of course. Hot or cold, choose your milk base, go fruity or floral and top with taro, pearl or purple rice to see what the hype is about. Melbourne just can’t get enough of the sweet circular stuff.
Fine wine on Flinders Lane
City workers with a passion for wine have a new spot to savour. The newly opened Denton Wine Bar has emerged at the enviable address of 1 Flinders Lane, offering European vibes and an excellent wine menu. Sip by the glass for $10 a pop or indulge in a whole bottle with a mate or two. Pair your drinks with a simple but delicious menu of cheeses, seafood appetisers or larger meaty dishes and you’ve got yourself a new favourite city spot.
Bagels in Punch Lane
Swing by Bobby’s Coffee & Bagels and pick from the loaded spindles sitting pretty in the window. Go with a classic pastrami and pickle fill, try the house special, with ham, picalilli and gruyere, or opt for one of the vego avo options. Pair with your favourite Five Senses brew or a blackberry and thyme soda and sit in the sun.
Korean cult snacks on Sutherland St
Colour your lunch happy this summer with cult Korean snacks at Rainbow Toastie. The ultimate in instagrammable munchables, check out the sweet potato and pizza toasties and delight in the sky drink, soft strawberry daifuku, physics-defying raindrop cake and baked ice-cream.
Socialise Singapore style on A’Beckett
Catch the revolving summer eateries at foodie hot spot HWKR while you can. Bag big fat burgers from Kung Fu, marvel at mountainous shaved ice desserts from Scoopy or opt for fresh Japanese style seafood from the Modern Eatery.
Vietnamese street food is the speciality from My Kitchen Rules 2018 finalist Ms Kim, or head to Junior Tan for curry laksa and eggplant chips. Have a dessert hankering? Try the signature Durian Sponge at HS Cakes. And enjoy a drink or two from the HWKR house bar, Manymore. Until 28 February.