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Uncover Melbourne's best hidden food gems

Forget cafes that feel more like nightclubs than a place to reside – quiet and unassuming is where contentment’s found. Search behind roller doors, teeny tiny streets, and bushy pathways to find the best of Melbourne’s food scene.

South Yarra is home to some of the finest our city has to offer, with heritage housing lining our Yarra River, the crispiest croissants in town (at Tivoli Road Bakery that is) and the Botanic Gardens as just a few establishments this pocket of Melbourne calls their own. Take a peek down their hidden pathways and you’ll just find discover Lawson Grove Shop. an almost treehouse-like café cosily nestled there. There are plenty of stools and tables to cosy in – where mornings turn to afternoons, and then to evenings – and as the setting sun peeks through the trees, bliss is certainly assured. Try their ‘Dippy Eggs’ of soft boiled eggs with Vegemite soldiers, or, their ‘Fly Rice’ of broccolini, kale, and cauliflower rice nestled within quinoa, mushroom and miso dressing. Add a poached egg if you feel so inclined.

West Melbourne is always bursting with new ‘must-trys’ in their ever-growing scene, but Roller Door Cafe still sits at the top of my list. As you may have already assume the venue exists behind a roller door, and when they roll open their doors each day you’ll find plenty of neatly dressed and tired-eyed regulars kicking off their morning routines. It’s safe to say the cafe exists within most of north/west Melbourne’s daily schedules. Try their Portuguese sardines on organic sourdough with herbed salad or, their ‘Hot Rolls’ with offerings aplenty, my favourite being the meatball roll with Napoli sauce, or, the halloumi with basil pesto, tomato and dressed rocket. The Cola glazed leg ham with slaw and aioli is also great.

If you’re heading city way, hit up Manchester Press. The venue is best known for their tasty bagels which sell incredibly quickly each day. I love the pickled pork with applesauce and herbs, the chorizo and olive with olive tapenade, feta and cherry tomatoes is also great. If I’m wanting something meat-free, I’ll go for the avocado and feta smash (an ever-assured-enjoyment) with lemon, chilli, and confit tomatoes. Rankins Lane is a gorgeous part of Melbourne.