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Rice Kitchen platters
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The best pre-packed picnics in Melbourne

Melbourne, we’ve got the lowdown on where to treat yourselves to the likes of chocolate fondue or dumplings at your next outdoor picnic

By Rushani Epa
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Picnics seem to be the easiest and safest way to mingle in a larger group outdoors. So with that said, it’s time to bask in the company of our loved ones in the great outdoors – sandwich in one hand, hand sanitiser in the other. 

We’ve taken the hassle out of buying picnic goods from the same stores you’ve been frequenting and compiled a list of ready-to-go packs that some of Melbourne’s venues have put together for you. 

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Best places to buy pre-packed picnics in Melbourne

Rice Kitchen banh hoi platter
Rice Kitchen banh hoi platter
Photograph: Supplied

Rice Kitchen

Restaurants Vegan South Melbourne

Sometimes all you need on a hot day is something filling and fresh. That's when Rice Kitchen steps in with its Vietnamese platters. Sit down to a platter of rice paper rolls with grilled chicken or tofu, or a bánh hỏi platter that comes with grilled protein, rice vermicelli, pickled carrot, julienned cucumber, fresh mint and basil and condiments. There are plenty of different sizes to choose from and 24 to 36 hours notice must be provided. Order here.

Picnic hamper featuring tarts, sandwiches, charcuterie and baked desserts.
Picnic hamper featuring tarts, sandwiches, charcuterie and baked desserts.
Photograph: EARL Canteen

Earl Canteen

Restaurants Melbourne

Earl Canteen’s Spring Picnic Share Platter is the perfect option for two to four  people to graze. Whether you’re busy catching up or not, you’ll have chicken sandwiches, spring tartlets, fritters, antipasto, sweets and more at your disposal. You can also opt for a vegetarian version. The pack is ready to eat (and even includes napkins) and is priced at just $60. You can also opt for delivery or pick up from Earl’s Cremorne or CBD locations. Order yours here.

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Bagel box featuring spreads, orange juice, prosecco, fillings and more.
Bagel box featuring spreads, orange juice, prosecco, fillings and more.
Photograph: Migrant Coffee

Migrant Coffee

There’s something incredibly satisfying in being able to choose your own bagel toppings, and the Pick Up Picnic Pack by Migrant Coffee gives you the chance to have fun with your food. Comfortably serving four, the pack is priced at $80 and includes: four New York style bagels, four spreads, fresh avocado, rocket, tomato, onion, capers, premium pastrami slices, sliced smoked salmon, sliced leg ham and sliced cheddar cheese. But then they throw a delicious spanner in the works by also including polveron, atchara and chicharon, and four cans of Prosecco with two bottles of OJ. This is a picnic you won’t soon forget. Get yours via their website.

Rice Paper Scissors catering picnic box
Rice Paper Scissors catering picnic box
Photograph: Supplied

Rice Paper Scissors

Restaurants Thai Melbourne

The brainchild of two avowed fans of Asian street food, Rice Paper Scissors is a casual dining concept bringing together Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Singaporean flavours. The picnic box by its catering arm can be ordered for two to 20 people and contain a banh mi per person, a rice paper roll flavour per person, and the choice of any two Southeast Asian inspired salads to share. Order here.

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Edamame, ebi tempura, omusubi
Edamame, ebi tempura, omusubi
Photograph: Komeyui

Komeyui Japanese Restaurant

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Port Melbourne

Divert your eyes from day-old, chain-store sushi and cast your attention to these Picnic Boxes by Komeyui. Choose between the Appetiser and Omusubi Box valued at $98 which comes with a variety of Japanese rice balls, edamame, and ebi tempura, or the Temari Sushi Box priced at $55 which is served with beautiful little Temari sushi which you’ll probably want to admire for hours on end before you eat them. If you’re feeling particularly hungry grab both boxes for $153 via their online store here.

Picnic Box featuring sandwiches, beers, nuts and crisps.
Picnic Box featuring sandwiches, beers, nuts and crisps.
Photograph: King and Godfree

King and Godfree

Bars Carlton

A pescatarian, vegetarian and two carnivores walk into a park, and they end up sharing King and Godfree’s Picnic Time Box. Everyone’s a winner and can enjoy the likes of a mortadella, giardiniera and sopressa roll, or a Sirena tuna, spicy mayonnaise and rocket baguette. The Picnic Time Box feeds four and also comes with sides like King and Godfree's mixed salted nuts, sea salt crisps and four ice-cold Ichnusas. There’s also a vegetarian version which offers up a nice change with their chilli pesto, giardinera, sundried tomato and rocket number too. Priced at $65 the boxes are available for pick-up in store and can be ordered via their website.

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Baguette, charcuterie, tarts, fruits, camembert.
Baguette, charcuterie, tarts, fruits, camembert.
Photograph: Entrecôte

Entrecôte

Restaurants South Yarra

The team at Entrecôte have innovatively figured out a way for you to enjoy outdoor dining ahead of restrictions easing. Their Parisian Picque-Nique boxes come with the option to hire a classic French cafe picnic setting complete with a table, bistro chairs and tablecloth for an additional $29.90. If you’re not looking to make an occasion of it, enjoy either of the Parisian Picque-Nique boxes on the grass and expect to find charcuterie in the Parisian box, or a baguette, camembert, salad, various tarts and macarons in both. They’re both priced at $94.90 and can be purchased via MrYum.

Greek picnic pack.
Greek picnic pack.
Photograph: Bahari

Bahari

Restaurants Richmond

The team at Bahari in Richmond are giving you the chance to pick and choose what you would like from their menu, and they will serve it up so you can enjoy it in the park. They also have picnic rugs and baskets available to borrow, and they will provide you with eco-friendly cutlery, napkins, plates and cups. Choose from a variety of souvlakis, dips, salads, soups or small plates including grilled octopus, halloumi chips and more. Browse the menu and place your order via the contact number listed on their website.

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Wine, bread, charcuterie and condiments.
Wine, bread, charcuterie and condiments.
Photograph: Theodore's

Theodore's

Theodore's love their local community, and their latest Picnic Basket proves this. Showcasing local produce, the basket comes with a trio of cured meats and cheeses, bread from Oven St, housemade pickles, relish and mustards. It’s perfect for grazing, and you can even pair it with some local beers, wine, cocktails or mixers from their selection online. Get your Picnic Basket now for $60 via their website.

Picnic hamper featuring chocolate fondue set, strawberries, waffles, pretzels, marshmallows, stroopwafels and chocolates.
Picnic hamper featuring chocolate fondue set, strawberries, waffles, pretzels, marshmallows, stroopwafels and chocolates.
Photograph: Melted by Pas

Melted by Pas

Picture this: you’re in the park on a beautiful spring day with your friends. What could be better? If you had chocolate fondue, that's what. Melted by Pas is offering three different types of picnic boxes, which will appeal to any sweet tooth in Melbourne. The Spring Fondue Box is valued at $85 and can serve two to four people, or there’s the Strawberry Waffle or Croissant Box valued at $90 for two to four people, or an Overloaded Fondue Box, which comes with all the trimmings and is priced at $100 for four to six people. Have some fun with your very own fondue pot, candle, melting chocolate and delicious items to dip. 

Pick yours up in Coburg or have it delivered to you for an additional fee. Contact them via DM here.

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Picnic featuring ploughman's lunch, salads, sandwiches.
Picnic featuring ploughman's lunch, salads, sandwiches.
Photograph: Epocha

Epocha

Restaurants Carlton

Epocha Carlton is here to offer you delicious hope this spring with its Hope Picnic Pack for two. Priced at $70, the pack comes with a ploughman’s platter, roast beef and mustard rolls, quiche and salads. Add-ons include booze or even oysters so you can be the envy of your picnic neighbours. 

It’s only available for pre-order for pick up on Saturdays from its Carlton location, and you can place your order here.

Cheese board featuring cheeses, water crackers and fruits.
Cheese board featuring cheeses, water crackers and fruits.
Photograph: Maker and Monger

Maker and Monger

Restaurants South Yarra

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned cheese platter? The Victorian Farmhouse Cheese Platter for two by Maker and Monger is certainly no exception. Each platter features some of Maker and Monger's favourite Victorian cheesemakers and comes with four varieties of cheese, honeycomb from the Dandenong Ranges, fresh and dried fruits and water crackers. It’s valued at $40, or for an extra $30 they can even throw in a bottle of Pennyweight’s Biodynamic 2019 Gamay.

You can click and collect it from Prahran Market, or have it delivered within a 15km radius of Prahran. Order here.

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Cheeses, wines, lavosh, salumi.
Cheeses, wines, lavosh, salumi.
Photograph: Co-Lab Pantry

Co-Lab Pantry

Support Victorian suppliers and take their produce to the park with a picnic box from Co-Lab Pantry. Inside you’ll find a bottle of rosé, olives, lavosh, hummus, marmalade, cheese, sausage and cornichons. Alternatively, you can create your own picnic box, with a selection of antipasti offerings from Victoria’s finest makers, producers, bars and restaurants. It’s available now for $99.00 and ready to order via their website here.

Pate, sparkling wine, pate, crackers, gingham cloth.
Pate, sparkling wine, pate, crackers, gingham cloth.
Photograph: La French Box

La French Box

Bring Paris to you with the chic French-inspired picnic experience by La French Box.

La Picnic Box comes with your choice of Provence rosé, pinot noir or sparkling, camembert, fig crackers, paté, a sweet treat, and a French gingham picnic cloth to laze on with friends. Priced at $80, you can order by 6pm for next day delivery via the site here.

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