Melbourne is a great Winter Weekend destination. Recently I left extremely wet weather in Sydney to jump on a plane and head South for a two day quick getaway… as always in search of great veggie delights. I have put together a little package of Instagram pix to share my highlights.
You can’t talk about Melbourne without first mentioning amazing coffee, graffiti adorned lanes, authentic Greek food and the epic Queen Victoria Markets. Saturday is a great day for taking in the shops in Melbourne’s CBD. The pedestrianised Burke Street Mall could be seen as the heart of the city where shoppers congregate before heading off down the lanes and arcades, like paved veins and arteries. Make sure to stop for a coffee on Degraves Lane and take in the unique Melbourne cafe atmosphere. Next stop is Queen Victoria Markets which is the ideal location for picking up gourmet treats for lunch. Allow time to wander through the original historic covered market, taking in the vast Deli Hall and the ever-growing and impressive organic produce area. Not far from the market is another of Melbourne’s iconic lane-way restaurant strips. Head down to Mechanics Lane for some authentic Greek flavours at Kalamaki Greek Street Food and spend the evening sitting out under the heaters enjoying the wide range of bars and restaurants.
Every time I head down to Melbourne I have to stop in for my fix of Vegie Bar on Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street. This ultra relaxed yet very funky vegetarian restaurant and bar is a Melbourne institution. This place serves up healthy comfort food to suit any taste including vegetarians, vegans, raw foodies.
Fitzroy is one of my favourite areas of Melbourne. The shopping is great, the coffee is even better and there is aways somewhere new to explore. Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, is an absolute highlight with individual designer shops, bars and cafes all in plentiful supply. Don’t miss out on Books for Cooks and entire bookshop dedicated to cookbooks and books about food.
As the day begins in draw to a close watch the sun set over the city and take a walk along South Bank. Stop in at Ponyfish Island Bar, built around the pylon of the South Bank Footbridge. The Mulled Wine will warm your bones and get you in the mood for a delicious Melbourne dinner.
This trip we splurged on a 100% memorable Middle Eastern taste sensation at Shane Delia’s Maha Restaurant. We opted for the four course “rustic” vegetarian menu which was both stunning in presentation, innovation and flavour. Our first course included cold white bean soup, fresh olive bread, haloumi and olives. The second course included forgotten (ancient) grains with goji berries and smashed falafel. The main event featured freekeh and stir fried asian greens and mushroom with soy and tahini. Dessert, of course, was all about Shane’s signature filled donuts this time with a turkish delight surprise centre.
Oh yes, leave some room for the cake topped with basil ice-cream and Persian Fairy Floss.