Picnic lunches in 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.
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.
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.
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.