1. Cumulus Inc – a beautifully converted eating house and bar on Flinders Lane. This is my go to place for a quality brunch in Melbourne’s CBD. You can expect creative twists on typical brunch classics like potato and cheddar waffles with smoked brisket. For a classic brunch option, you can’t beat the Cumulus Inc Breakfast for $16, consisting of a boiled egg, toast, preserves, organic orange juice and coffee or tea. In the evening, venture upstairs to try their new cocktail and wine bar – Cumulus Up.
2. Axil Coffee Roasters – one of my favourite coffee haunts in Melbourne. In typical industrial chic fashion, the cafe on Burwood Road never has a problem pulling in the crowds. The coffee is exceptional and so are the food options. Brunch lovers will be at home here.
3. Fatto a Mano in Gertrude Street for their delicious range of organic baked goodies. Think organic breads, gourmet pizzas and palate popping sweet treats like chocolate brownies and coffee scrolls. Vegans and gluten-free customers will be well looked after here. I can’t wait to return and get my hands on some of their hot cross buns for Easter.
4. Marquis is the latest bar to hit Fitzroy’s Johnston Street. Housed in the former burlesque bar, Marquis is a sultry drinking den with a marked French baroque influence. Work your way through the cocktail list starting with ‘The Libertine’ – a devilish concoction of house-infused jalapeño Olmeca tequila and Libertine sauce, topped off with tomato juice, celery and olives.
5. There’s so much to love about the Morrocan Soup Bar in Fitzroy. The $20 banquet is an absolute steal and is a real treat for the senses. The serves are generous so be prepared to come with your second stomach. Don’t expect to be served any alcohol or non vegetarian cuisine here.
6. 1806 is the year that the word cocktail was first defined in print. Named after this iconic date, 1806 in Exhibition Street is about all things of the cocktail variety. The drinks menu is epic, so don’t expect to leave this drinking den after just one.
7. Chez Dre in South Melbourne for its beautiful pastries and all day breakfasts. It’s definitely worth seeking out this pastry lab, nestled in an unassuming alleyway off South Melbourne market. Expect to be delighted by the largely French inspired treats like macarons and madeleines. They also serve an all day breakfast.
8. At last a speciality tea shop in Melbourne! Storm in a Teacup is an absolute must for any tea connoisseur, or even tea drinker for that matter. Whether you like your tea black, green, white or oolong, there is something here for everyone. I know where I’ll be coming for my next tea fix.
9. Black Pearl Bar on Brunswick Street for its great cocktails, good vibes and quality service. With an atmosphere and cocktail list like this, it’s no surprise Black Pearl is voted as one of Melbourne’s best bars, year after year. If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, check out the Attic upstairs, where its table services and places are limited.
10. Jamie Oliver’s Lemon Drizzle Cake – a perfect treat in the afternoon, or morning for that matter. Check out my latest bake here.
What have been your favourite foodie things in your city this week?