Visiting Melbourne – eats and coffee

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Two days was not enough to taste test even a quarter of my long foodie-must-visit list for Melbourne and way too short to actually feel the city. But what I felt for sure was the cold!

On the first day, I had to buy warm gloves, umbrella and a beanie to be able to walk around. But by the end of the day, when it stopped raining and I saw an amazing sunset I was sold. Cold, windy, freezing – doesn’t matter, I really liked you dear Melbourne. The city that felt like Paris and Oslo in some parts and the food that didn’t disappoint me. I think we can be friends.

Here is my “visiting Melbourne – eats and coffee” list (aka Two days worth of food and coffee):

Cumulus Inc

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Absolutely packed with people after 9am on Saturday. The good thing about coming alone was that there was that one empty place by the kitchen-bar and I didn’t have to wait to be seated. I went straight to business and started with a pretty good latte and ordered Shakshouka- baked eggs with roasted peppers and shanklish ($16 and $3.8 for  the coffee). Breakfast worth every cent. Great, friendly service.

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Bopha Devi Cambodian

27 Rakaia Way

I was staying next door so picked up Khmer Yellow Crepe ($16) on the way to the apartment. Bland food that even with the 20% off the price for take away wasn’t worth it. Dry, tasteless chicken filling and super cold salad on top.

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Re-Juice

17-19 St Mangos Lane

Another “on-the-way-to-the-apartment” case. Very friendly service but all I could taste in my coffee was milk. I even opened the cup, to check if there actually is any coffee.

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Kalamaki Greek Street Food

389 Lonsdale St 

I’ve heard many times that if you’re in Melbourne, you have to try Greek food. Perhaps I would go anyway. And the Kalamaki was an excellent choice. Another great idea was to order a pita with slow roasted lamb, tomato, red onion & chips ($9). This plus a glass of white Greek wine ($8) teleported me straight to Greece and I would come back the very next day for lunch but they’re unfortunately closed on Sundays.

Cash only.

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The Hardware Societe

118-120 Hardware St 

We made it there just before lots of people arrived and when they had to wait in line we were able to start with our breakfast. Unfortunately we were seated outside which resulted in coffee and food being cold in a matter of a few minutes. My choice was Croque Madame (smoked salmon, gruyere, horseradish creme fraiche and fried duck egg), Hubby went for Fried brioche (topped with rhubarb, mascarpone and meringue). Coffee was very smooth and enjoyable.

Overall it was lovely but felt a bit claustrophobic with the tiny tables and all the people cramped around.

Cash only.

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Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke St 

Given the small cafe was packed with people we didn’t wait long for our take away coffee. It would be lovely to stay inside and enjoy the decorations but we already had breakfast with crowds on that day and walking seemed to be a better idea. No doubt the best coffee we had in Melbourne ($4 flat white).

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HuTong Dumpling Bar

14-16 Market Ln 

That was a bit random choice as we wanted something Asian for lunch and wandered around Chinatown. But it came out to be a good choice. Our lunch of crab meat and pork dumplings with jasmine tea and Chinese beer left us happy, warm and fuzzy. Good finish to our Melbourne wanders.

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I’m a graphic designer, photographer, avid traveller and wife. I like to try new things and there are no ideas too crazy for me. In 2010 my husband and I arrived in Australia with our life compressed into 2 suitcases. Since then we call Brisbane home.

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