1. If you’re looking for a great coffee option on Smith Street, think no further than the Place Holder pop-up at number 9.This hole in the wall type establishment churns out coffee to the local hipsters and weekday corporate types by the dozen. Expect quality blends from Seven Seeds and Small Batch as well as special rotations from Market Lane and Top Paddock.
2. Mamasita on Collins Street for its tasty mexican food and cocktail list. The food is fun, creative and perfect to be shared. And the best news? It’s authentic! Think moreish chargrilled corn, fluffy soft shell tortillas and taste bud tingling chorizo quesadillas.Tequila fans will be impressed by the decent range of tequila on the menu. Just make sure you line your stomach first.
3. There’s a reason why Arcadia is one of the originals on Gertrude Street and has lasted the test of time. This is my go to place for a healthy pit stop for lunch. The salads are to die for and large enough for a small army. The bright, airy space is also lovely for a spot of breakfast with a paper and morning coffee.
4. Meyers Place is one of my favourite Melbourne lane ways for quality bars and restaurants. It may not be a new bar as such but Loop Bar has a new rooftop, and it’s looking mighty cool! If you’re feeling fit, climb up a few flights of stairs to reveal a hidden sanctuary full of exotic plants and panoramic rooftop views. The drink list isn’t bad either.
5. If you haven’t been to New Gold Mountain yet, then add it to your Melbourne bar bucket list – this place is epic! Don’t miss the Champagne and Blintz pop-up on the glitzy red level upstairs during the month of April.
6. Three Bags Full Cafe in Abbotsford for its epic brunch menu and quality coffee. Their coffee is supplied from iconic roasters, Five Senses, with a range of single origins and seasonal signature blends on offer. It’s a great space, styled in typical industrial chic decor with quirky design elements like stools made from ‘men at work’ recycled road safety signs taking centre stage. If it’s your first time going here, it won’t be your last!
7. Viet Star in Hawthorn for its Vietnamese cuisine. This no frills restaurant is always busy and extremely popular with the locals around Glenferrie Road. The prawn cold rolls come highly recommended.
8. Porgie and Mr Jones is a cute characterful cafe, nestled in the leafy suburb of Hawthorn. Famous for its brunch classics like smashed avocado on toast, the menu at Porgie and Mr Jones definitely packs a punch.
9. For the ultimate Easter treat, venture to La Belle Miette, a small French patisserie specialising in macarons. Speckled Easter Egg macarons are filled with a beautiful Cacao Barry milk chocolate couverture, egg shaped and hand painted.
10. The latest Lisa Bakes – an impossibly simple recipe for Melting Moments.
What have been your favourite foodie finds this week?