1. On a health kick? Drop in to Pressed Juices for the ultimate vitamin fix. The juices are extracted by slow cold pressing – no additives, no pasteurisation or preservatives, just live juice. The green 3 with apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, lettuce, parsley and spinach comes highly recommended.
2.Melbourne is famous for its lane way bars and it doesn’t get much better than Murmur Bar. Nestled in Warburton Lane, Murmur Bar embodies the charm of old with its heritage listed features. Its cosy nooks and crannies and candlelit tables also make this venue a perfect date spot.
3. Phillipa’s Bakery for its buttery pastries and fresh breads. Using only the finest natural ingredients, Phillippa’s specialises in products that are no longer regularly made in the home, keeping alive the art of bread, pastry, and preserve making. Not only can you enjoy a morning coffee and croissant, you can also take away delicacies to use at home, such as their homemade preserves.
4. Bread and Jam for Frances – a bright and airy cafe, in the former dance hall behind Readings on Glenferrie Road. Take a break from the books and enjoy one of their sumptuous cakes or a treat from their weekend brunch menu.
5. Fukuryu Ramen in Corrs Lane for noodle lovers. Whether you’re looking for a traditional ramen like tonkatsu or a more modern option, you will be well looked after here. Like all ramens its all about the broth. And this one doesn’t disappoint – cloudy, rich and full of body. There is also a great range of sake, rice wine and Japanese beers on offer.
6. Everyday Coffee in Collingwood for their exceptional coffee. Bringing experience from Brother Baba Budan and Seven Seeds between them, there’s no surprise these guys know their stuff. With a rotation of different beans and roasts on offer, you are guaranteed to get a top-notch coffee everyday. They were even awarded the best brew bar by The Age Good Cafe Guide.
7. The Mess Hall on Bourke Street for its simple, authentic Italian cusine. Largely influenced by Northern Italy, the menu is all about its beautiful pastas. Think spaghetti with blue swimmer crab infused with garlic, chilli and lemon zest or handmade pappardelle with porcini mushroom ragu and truffle oil.
8. Could this be the best pho in Melbourne? The hordes descend on Pho Chu The most evenings to get their hands around a big bowl of steaming pho. The pho is beautifully fragrant with a rich broth. Perhaps one of the best phos you will get outside of Vietnam.
9. The thought of food courts normally makes me cringe but Emporium’s flashy new food court is one with a difference. Out with the old junk food chains and in with popular foodie hot spots like Jimmy Grants, South Melbourne Dim Sim, Chinta Ria Soul, I Love Pho and Charlie & Co. Burgers. I know where I will be spending my next shopping break…
10. Recipe of the week – Nigella Lawson’s Molten Chocolate Babycakes.
What have been your favourite foodie finds around town this week?