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CBD lunch guide: Impromptu picnics

Grab something to snack on at a local beauty spot from one of these Melbourne cafes

By Time Out editors

Sometimes, you just gotta tune out, stretch out and feel the sun on your skin. When you really need to get far from the madding crowd, these cafés will provide takeaway choices for local beauty spots. If you're not in the CBD, check out our guide to Melbourne's best lunches, or make it easy with our round-up of Melbourne's best burgers.

Picnic lunches in Melbourne

1. Phillippa's

Restaurants Melbourne

This inner-city outlet is a haven of pastries, slices and biscuits. As well as seeded sourdoughs, you can buy things like sultana and orange rolls stuffed with ricotta, pear and walnut and pre-cut sandwiches bursting with roast beef and celeriac remoulade.

2. Rice Workshop

Restaurants Melbourne

This DIY donburi bar has evolved into a takeaway rice bowl paradise. Lightning fast and ludicrously cheap, Rice Workshop hawks curry, udon, teriyaki, tofu and miso as well as squat tubs of edamame, squid salad, potato salad and kimchi.


3. Brother Thomas

Restaurants Melbourne

The perfect place to get an unpretentious sandwich to eat on the Flagstaff Gardens lawns. The owner, Jerome Dadon, has been supplying his own signature blend of coffee beans to Melbourne cafés for three years now, so you're guaranteed to get a great one.

4. Pearson & Murphy's

Restaurants Melbourne

Expect inventive lunch options with a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern bent. Think roti wraps, arancini, toasted za'atar flatbread, boreks and pizze, along with well-rounded coffee. Find a picnic spot on campus or walk over to Edinburgh Gardens.

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