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City eats at the Archway

Work at the 'dead end' of Flinders Lane? This lunch-centric laneway is the answer to your prayers

By Sarah Jappy

Lunch hour just got a heck of a lot tastier thanks to the Archway, a self-proclaimed "foodie laneway" at the high hundreds end of Flinders Lane. Here's a taste of what you'll find there.


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Altius’s two young owners are both ex-Market Lane, and it shows: they precisely measure each coffee shot, they're developing a new ergonomic takeaway cup and they recruited Sarah Trotter (also responsible for two of Market Lane's fitouts) to design the space.

T by LuxBite

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Fans of LuxBite in South Yarra will already be familiar with these Taiwanese pâtissiers, who have dedicated their second outpost to tarts. Expect flavour-combos as colourful as the tart toppings: the mango, yogurt, lime syrup-soaked white-chocolate sponge Emoji, for example.


5 and Dime

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Zev Forman and his crew get up a silly o’clock to twist, bake and boil their bagels; get here early enough and you might be able to watch them. Fillings are adventurous – bacon-maple cream cheese, for example, and toppings include pickled shallots, capers and radishes.

Delhi Streets

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Delhi-born banker-turned-chef Charan Singh comes from a food family: his dad moved his family to Melbourne when Charan was five, and opened Melbourne’s first Indian sweet shop.  This colour-pop restaurant aims to deliver less ghee, more modernity: M&M-infused naan bread, for example.


Hunters' Roots

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Breakfasts don’t have to involve calories and caffeine. Just look at Hunters’ Roots menu, which includes coconut yoghurt parfait, a dragon-fruit smoothie bowl, muesli bars and even a raw Snickers bar. Husband-and-wife team Jeff and Kerry Chew make pretty much everything onsite, including almond milk and cacao-hazelnut ganache.

More CBD lunch ideas

A plate of ten pieces of fried gyoza at Hakata Gensuke
Photograph: Ryan Noreiks

Where to eat lunch in the CBD

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It's lunch o'clock in Melbourne CBD and you need some food, stat. Make your midday meal a deadset winner every day of the working week with our handy guide.


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