When in Melbourne
Not unlike most great cities, Melbourne food culture tells stories through flavor, presentation, innovation and ambiance. Across vibrant neighborhoods and down colorful laneways, new restaurants and cafes pop up regularly and catch the attention of stomachs and cameras. Melbourne's dining scene represents an important part of the city's rich and diverse culture; meat eaters and plant eaters alike can find both unique and exceptional food [x good vibes] all throughout the city. Locals and travellers sing the praises of dishes that support local suppliers and simultaneously fuel bodies, minds and souls. Below are the Constant Wanderer's recommended eats to consume, devour, nourish. Not all of these places need descriptions: trust us they're great. Put down your phone & pick up your fork.
When in Melbourne | Brunch
+ Manchester Press. A rustic hole-in-a-laneway serving gourmet bagels & Melbourne's best salad. 8 Rankins Lane, CBD.
+ Hardware Societe. A minimum wait of 20 minutes for a $20 plate of eggs that's worth every minute and every dollar. 120 Hardware Street, CBD.
+ Tall Timber. The tagline says it all: "good coffee, good good, food people." Versatile and well-crafted menu meets minimalist decor. Order the pumpkin bruschetta and head to the outdoor courtyard. 60 Commercial Road, Prahran.
+ Two Birds, One Stone. 12 Claremont Street, South Yarra.
+ COMBI. Raw & Organic Bar. Get your smoothie fix on. Shop 1 140 Ormond Road, Elwood.
+ Barry. A thoughtful menu of health food with blazing natural light that will make you want to stay all day. 85 High Street, Northcote.
+ The Kettle Black. Fine dining meets casual brunch spot, with every post meal sweet treat your heart could desire. 50 Albert Road, South Melbourne.
+ Bluebird Espresso. 134 Johnston Street, Collingwood.
When in Melbourne | Bites & Vibes
+ Journal Cafe. 253 Flinders Lane, CBD.
+ Lentils as Anything. Donation-based vegetarian buffet at the Abbortsford Convent. Kick off your shoes and lay in the grass. 1-3 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
+ 1000 lb bend. All about the good vibes. 361 Little Lonsdale Street, CBD.
+ Naked for Satan. 285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
+ Little Mule Cafe. 19 Sommerset Place, CBD.
+ Shebeen. Not your typical cafe: 100% of profits go to the developing world. 36 Manchester Lane, CBD.
+ Auction Rooms. 103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne.
+ Kinfolk Cafe. 673 Bourke Street, CBD.
+ Messina. Australia's best gelato just hit Melbourne. 237 Smith Street, Fitzroy.
+ N2 Gelato. 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
When in Melbourne |Restaurants
+ Feast of Merit. An initiative by Y-Generation Against Poverty. Locally and ethically sourced produce where all of the proceeds support youth education and leadership projects in Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Cambodia &Australia. 117 Swan Street, Richmond.
+ Ike's Rack Shack. Picnic tables line the back of the Beaufort for ribs, cocktails and pool. (+ a vegan rib stack!). 421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton.
+ Colonel Tan's. 229 Chapel Street, Prahran.
+ Smith & Daughters. All vegan Spanish-inspired dining with a badass, rock 'n roll vibe. 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
+ Coda. 141 Flinders Ln, CBD.
+ Vegie Bar. 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
+ Chin Chin. A bustling Melbourne institution of upscale Asian fusion of small and large sharing plates. They don't take reservations so line up at 5:30pm to put your name on the waiting list. 125 Flinders Lane, CBD.