Can’t decide if you’re team Nadal or team Federer?
There’s one thing everyone can agree on and that’s Melbourne’s impressive culinary scene. For anyone visiting Melbourne during the Australian Open, see why the city has started so much culinary buzz with these cafes and restaurants near Melbourne Park.
The Grain Store - Before a big day at the tennis, make sure you stop off at The Grain Store for breakfast. They serve seasonal dishes as well as permanent menu items, including decadent mixed mushroom and truffle pecorino with silky polenta, poached eggs and romesco sauce and a manchego omelette with orange cauliflower, smoked peppers and cherry tomato with focaccia. Grab a large coffee and you’ll be good to stay watching courtside all day long!
Address: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Victoria 3000
The Prahran Market - You can’t leave Melbourne without visiting the Prahran Market. From Korean to Lebanese, seafood and sushi, this is a one-stop-shop that will allow any tennis fan to quickly grab a most delicious meal without missing too much of the match. We love the modern-meets-traditional Korean food at Seoul Salon. They specialise in fried kimchi burgers, bibimbap, kimchi pancakes and Korean dumplings, just to name a few. The Mussel Pot creates unique style mussels including chili coconut cream and white wine garlic flavoured ones. If you need a sugar fix to keep you awake through all of the tennis, head to Abla’s Patisserie for coffee and Lebanese sweets including baklawa, slices, biscuits and more.
Address: 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra Victoria 3163
+39 Pizzeria - After a long day at the Australian Open, the void in your stomach will be calling out for something homemade and delicious. Spring for pizza from +39 Pizzeria. With an extensive menu, there are options for everyone. We recommend the Parmigiana which comes with Italian tomato salsa, fior di latte, grilled eggplant, parmesan, fresh basil and hand torn burrata. And for the truffle lovers out there, the Tartufata is for you. It comes with fior di latte, cream of mushrooms, mushrooms, rocket, truffle oil and parmesan. There are also plenty of pasta and salad options too.
Address: 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Vegie Bar - Inspired to eat clean after watching the top athletic performances at the tennis? Luckily for you, Melbourne is not short of vegan restaurants, and whether you’re a vegan or not, you are guaranteed to enjoy your healthful meal at Vegie Bar in Fitzroy. Some of their menu highlights include Korean Mushrooms - crispy baby king oyster mushrooms in a spicy gochujang sauce, with kewpie mayo, house slaw and gomashio seasoning, the Nacho Bowl - corn chips, vegan nacho cheese, black bean chilli, guacamole, tomato salsa, jalapenos and cashew ranch dressing, Mee Goreng - hokkien noodles tossed with tofu, vegetables and peanut satay sauce and the Smoked Tofu Burger - a smoked tofu and quinoa patty, lettuce, tomato, avocado, vegan cheese, chipotle aioli in a kamut bun and served with sweet potato fries.
Address: 380 Brunswick St. Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia
Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato - Everyone will need a way to cool down after sitting courtside all day. Do it and satisfy your sweet tooth at the over-the-top dessert shop, Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato. Some of their most indulgent options include the Milky Playtime - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups which is made with slow cooked condensed milk, gelato, topped with caramel popcorn and homemade peanut butter chocolate topping sauce. Or make it a celebration with their Birthday Cake Cookie Dough which is cake made into a creamy gelato, with homemade double chocolate cookie dough. Last but definitely not least, their Crepe Cakes are another must-try menu item. They come as layers of thin crepes and fresh cream served with gelato, drizzle sauce and crumble. Choose between salted caramel, matcha and milk tea flavours.
Address: 377-379 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000