If you live in the CBD and surrounding 5km, these local spots are open for you. Takeaway coffee, gourmet groceries, cheap eats and luxurious feasts await.
- Time Out at Fed Square will be open from 26 September, offering a menu packed with takeaway lunch feeds. Bites under $10 include the classic three-cheese sourdough toastie, an egg and bacon coffee combo and a generous serve of their famous fat chips. Wash it down with a ginger limeade crush for a fresh midday feast.
- Order ahead for some fresh Nosh. For $13 feast on a colourful Tofu Teri-San or Chicken Teriyaki bowl, complete with crispy nori. Or splurge on the Poke Party for fresh salmon. Or seared Peek-ing Duck bowl for under $15.
- Located in the heart of Chinatown, Bamboo House‘s menu will satisfy Cantonese cravings. Order up on pork dumplings, eye fillet pot stickers or prawn dim sum without cracking $20. Then try deep-fried crepes for dessert.
- Hidden through Hardware Lane, Pho Thin offers delish warming noodle bowls across Melbourne. Traditional offers include beef brisket and chicken loaded pho, or light up your tastebuds with the signature red wine pho. Add on extra egg, crispy tofu or a savoury fried doughnut to soak up every last drop of yum.
- Yuzu is serving Japanese comfort food from their Degraves digs. Grab the cripsy katsu, vego curry or pork belly miso with rice and sides from just $12.
- Taste traditional Chinese food from Shanghai Street. Starting with freshly made Jiangnan-style noodles and soup-filled dumplings. Pick up and delivery available.
- Hawker Chan’s soya sauce chicken rice has local cult status. At $8.30 its also a steal. Or get your dumpling and noodle fix in one with the $10 wonton and Char Siew noodles. Call to order and pick up your crispy duck skin and silky noodle feast.
Coffee, brunch and treats
- Cute corner shop BlackBall is open for takeaway in Chinatown. Indulge in social media’s favourite combo with a creamy brown sugar milk tea. The mixture of bitter-sweet milky tea and decadent caramelised sugar syrup is a treat too good to skip.
- Little Rogue is open for all caffeine fiends. Order ahead and lock in a Bakemono treat for pick up. The artisan selection of pastries includes croissants, Japanese-style bread, French canele and more.
- Takeaway an authentic espresso from Cafe Babbo in Lonsdale Street, then get one of your daily doses of exercise in nearby Carlton Gardens. Hungry? The breakfast coffee and panino combo will only set you back $10.
- Workshop Brothers in Queen Street is open from 7.30am to 12.30pm on weekdays. Cold drip coffee, fresh croissants and warming matcha lattes are the perfect takeaway treat.
- Quists is 100% Australian owned and has been on the job since 1938. The Little Collins Street institution is still slinging those sweet, rich coffee blends. Give them a buzz to click and collect or pop in for takeaway.
- Fancy a little sweet to brighten your day? Grab a perfectly decorated cupcake and a coffee at Little Cupcakes. Their William Street location is open for takeaway.
- Vacation‘s dreamy pastel pink CBD oasis is still open for takeaway. Try an iced latte with a touch of honey, feast on the NY style sandwiches or replenish your at home coffee bean supply.
- The Quarter is offering all-day takeaway dining in Degraves Street. Start with halloumi eggs and pancakes then move on to lasagne and slow-cooked BBQ pork ribs. Order ahead for pick up.
- Shortstop Coffee and Donuts in Sutherland Street has locals sorted for takeaway cope-ahydrates. Triple matcha, New Orleans iced coffee cruller and Boston cream flavours are only the beginning. Pair with an ice-cold bottle of cold brew.
- Expats missing their UK sweets can click and collect candy at Treats from Home. The Collins Street store is stacked with choc oranges, hula hoops, gob stoppers, all things Haribo and the coveted British Cadbury bars.
- Chatime at QV stops for no one. Grab a hot matcha latte or iced brown sugar milk tea on your daily essential walk. Download the Chatime app to order ahead and your bev will be ready as you arrive.
- A window into deliciousness is Union Kiosk on The Causeway. From coffee to jaffles and decadent baked goods, everything is 100% vegan. Which means it’s technically healthy to smash a lamington or two every time you swing by.
- Caffé E Torta‘ s lockdown motto? ‘It may be to go, but it’s still delicious’. Taste their Euro charm when you pop in to Royal Arcade. Toasties, smoked ham croissants and fresh salads are on the takeaway menu.
Fine dining feasts
- Etto Pasta Bar‘s fresh, house made pasta is available for pick up on weekdays from the St James store. Or try feasts inspired by the laneway diners of Italy, from rustic garlic bread to authentic pork meatballs.
- Daughter in Law’s takeaway menu is loaded with classic curries like rogan josh, butter chicken and goat curry. They’ve even got vegetarian and vegan options. Pick up and delivery available Wednesday to Saturday.
- Lupino is a fine Italian bistro with a retro feel located on Little Collins Street. The menu offers comfort food feasts like arancini, four cheese gnocchi and mouth-watering pizza. Takeaway available from the front window.
- Get a pinch of spice with the Indian flavours of Tonka. Menu favourites include fragrant butter chicken, duck curry or vindaloo beef pie. Available for pick up and delivery.
- Pick up one of Melbourne’s most iconic meals – now without any queues! Chin Chin‘s awesome pick up menu has all your foodie faves, from the famous Pad Seuw noodles to fresh vego curry and cocktails to match.
- Spring Street Grocer is as stocked as ever, with pasta packs, local produce (like Fancy Hank’s hot sauce), home-made meals and more. And yes, the cheese cellar is still loaded with all that dairy goodness. You can even get vegan cheese, hemp chocolate and sorbets.
- No Vacancy are the pivot kings, transforming their gallery space into a grab and go deli. Pasta essentials, pizza, cheese, local wine, beer and all your lockdown snacking needs are covered.
- Tokyo Hometown Japanese Supermarket is a one-stop shop for Japanese and Korean cooking staples. Think an endless range of pocky, gochujang goodies, frozen dumplings, fresh produce and a sneaky selection of Strong Zero.
- Organic foodies need not look further than Broad Bean Organic Grocer. Order a vegan lunch, almond cap, fresh juice or superfood smoothie then peruse the range of 100% Aussie grown produce.
- The Vic Market is renowned for the sensational Dairy Hall, with cheese provedores like Bill’s Farm and RIPE open for business. Countless fresh produce stalls are also open for locals to enjoy.
- The Community Grocer is offering mixed fruit and veggie boxes in Carlton on Tuesdays from 1pm to 2pm. Delivery and pick up options available.
- Wing Cheong Asian Groceries is open daily from 10am. Find staples like the Lao Gan Ma chilli oil range, imported noodles and an extensive range of rice and grains. Special offers like duck roast and custom cakes are also available.
Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 restrictions. Please note businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice: check with individual businesses. Make sure that you live within 5kms of the business before ordering for takeaway or click and collect. Observe the curfew from 9pm to 5am, and other restrictions. Be smart, be safe and follow directions from the Victorian Government.