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Picnic featuring charcuterie, salads, fruits, baguette, pasta and wine.
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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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We're finally free to mingle, and with ten people allowed to gather outdoors a picnic sounds very appealling. 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

Horn Please Picnic Box featuring naan, raita, samosas, rice, curries and Kingfisher beers.
Horn Please Picnic Box featuring naan, raita, samosas, rice, curries and Kingfisher beers.
Photograph: Horn Please

Horn Please

Restaurants Indian Fitzroy North

Curry and beer, one of the most iconic duos to exist. Now, you can enjoy both in the sun thanks to Horn Please’s Picnic Pack. The Picnic Pack for five includes three curries served with samosa, rice, raita and pickle, complete with a six-pack of Kingfisher beer for $90. You can choose from five of Horn Please’s most popular curries — butter chicken, lamb curry, beef madras, Punjabi kadhi, dhal makhani and chana masala.

For solo picnickers, the Takeaway Thali ($15) includes any two curries with rice, raita and papadam. Choose from the same curry options that you would with the Picnic Pack. Get yours now via OrderUp.

Picnic pack featuring challah, pickles, pickled cabbage, babka, hummus, pitas and schnitzels.
Picnic pack featuring challah, pickles, pickled cabbage, babka, hummus, pitas and schnitzels.
Photograph: Modern Currency

The Left-Handed Chef

Restaurants Middle Eastern South Melbourne

If you’re someone who hates people picking at your food then you’ve come to the right place. The Left-Handed Chef cut their sandwiches in half so now you can share without having to glare at your meal with its missing bites. The Sandwich Picnic Pack for two comes with a mini challah schnitzel sandwich and falafel laffa (both cut in half), an Israeli salad, sweets and drinks. More of a dip-and-graze kind of person? Check out the Hummus and Falafels Picnic Pack which includes hummus, pitas, falafels, fried cauliflower and tahini, pickled red cabbage, salads and drinks. Each pack is priced at $50 and can be ordered via Mr Yum.

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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.

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.

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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.

Picnic featuring charcuterie, fruits, salads, pasta, dips, bread and wine.
Picnic featuring charcuterie, fruits, salads, pasta, dips, bread and wine.
Photograph: Cookes Food

Cookes Food

Decisions, decisions. You’re about to be faced with a lot of them with these three picnic boxes by Cookes Food. The Park Life boxes range from a brunch, grazing and Euro grazing theme, and they include delicious bites such as tomatoes on the vine with buffalo mozzarella and smoked salt, wood-fired flatbread with tarama, wild olives, house-smoked trout with dill horseradish cream, and more. 

You can have your box delivered straight to the park for a small fee, or pick up is available in St Kilda. And did we mention that they also come with bamboo serving tongs, plates, forks and knives? So all you need to do is show up with your picnic rug.

Each box is perfect for two to three people and is priced anywhere between $120 - $185.

Order yours here.

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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 HungryHungry.

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 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.

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.

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Dumplings and wine.
Dumplings and wine.
Photograph: Oriental Teahouse

The Oriental Teahouse: South Yarra

Restaurants South Yarra

Imagine biting into a restaurant-quality, juicy, pan-fried dumpling dripping with soy sauce. Well, dream no more because Oriental Teahouse are here to fix your dumpling woes with their Dumpling Picnic options for two, four or six people, and a vegan option for two. Priced between $80 - $190, you can sample the likes of pan-fried pork and chive dumplings, fried chicken ribs, BBQ pork buns, or for the vegetarians and vegans there's pan-fried vegetarian dumplings, salt and pepper tofu and everyone's favourite: spring onion pancakes, plus more. Arrive at your next picnic armed with dumplings and mini bamboo plates, bowls and forks to make clean-up a breeze too. Pre-order your Dumpling Picnic via Mr Yum.

Oysters, baguette, charcuterie, sparkling, strawberries, tiramisu, olives.
Oysters, baguette, charcuterie, sparkling, strawberries, tiramisu, olives.
Photograph: Mister Bianco

Mister Bianco

Restaurants Kew

If you’re looking for an opulent picnic, then you’ve come to the right place. Mister Bianco’s Pic Nic Box comes with a Brioche by Philippe baguette, freshly shucked oysters, a variety of Italian cheeses, Wagyu beef bresaola, olives, pesto, tiramisu and strawberries. You also get to choose between a bottle of sparkling moscato or sparkling moscato rosé. It’s $58 per person, but worth every cent. Pick up only, and place your order via their website.

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Beers, Brazilian street foods.
Beers, Brazilian street foods.
Photograph: Temple Brewing Co.

Temple Brewing Co.

Temple Brewing Co. are offering you the chance to laze around grazing on a variety of Brazilian street food and snacks and beers to match. The Temple Weekend Picnic Pack serves two to three people and contains pastels (Brazilian pastries made with the national liquor, Cachaça), black bean feijoada balls, cassava popcorn with cajun seasoning and grilled plantains with sugar cane honey. The pack is priced at $50, or you can add in four beers of your choice for an extra $15. Place your order via Mr Yum now.

Bao
Bao
Photograph: Tokyo Tina

Tokyo Tina

Restaurants Windsor

Head to the gardens with Tokyo Tina's entertainers ‘The Long Weekender’ picnic pack. The menu serves four and includes prawn katsu sliders, pork belly bao, Karaage fried chicken, edamame, kingfish sashimi, Wagyu beef tataki, kimchi fried rice, eight chicken yakitori skewers and eight mushroom yakitori skewers.  For dessert, there are yuzu curd doughnuts. Each pack comes with mini bamboo plates, bowls and forks, making The Long Weekend perfect for the park. Priced at $260 the pack should comfortably feed four. Find more info via Providoor.

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Picnic featuring wine, baguette and charcuterie.
Picnic featuring wine, baguette and charcuterie.
Photograph: Meatsmith

Meatsmith

Shopping Delis Fitzroy

This specially curated picnic hamper by Meatsmith comes with a selection of housemade smallgoods, artisan cheese and bread as well as an extremely drinkable skin-contact wine, with an optional Meatsmith cooler bag. It's $115 with the cooler bag and $85 without, and it can feed two to three people generously.

Pick-up is available in Fitzroy, Brighton or St Kilda, or you can get it delivered to your doorstep. Order here.

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.

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Splash Vodka, sliders, fruits, hedgehog and sweets.
Splash Vodka, sliders, fruits, hedgehog and sweets.
Photograph: Splash Vodka

Tall Timber

Restaurants Prahran

Make your brunch truly boozy with some ice-cold hard seltzer. Splash Vodka have teamed up with brunch overlords Tall Timber, BAWA and Friends of Mine to bring you the Boozy Brunch Box best suited to any picnic setting.

Choose between the box for two or four and enjoy a can of Splash Vodka but don’t sweat it, there’s under a standard drink in each. To accompany your buzz you can enjoy some freshly baked croissants, breakfast sliders, banana bread, granola and double chocolate and walnut brownies. The box for two is priced at $35 while the box for four will feed you for $75.

Contact Tall Timber to pre-order your brunch now.

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 their site here.

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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.

Picnic hamper featuring martinis, cheeses and wheat fingers.
Picnic hamper featuring martinis, cheeses and wheat fingers.
Photograph: Milk the Cow

Milk the Cow: Carlton

Restaurants Carlton

What better way to laze in the sun than with a nice pairing of cheese and martinis? Milk the Cow has partnered with Gin Palace to provide you with the Martini and cheese hamper of your dreams. Sample Gin Palace’s famous dry gin Martinis along with a matched selection of cheeses, fig paste, crackers and more. It’s priced between $150 - $230 (depending on how much drinking you plan to do), and the hamper will comfortably feed three to five people. Order yours and get it delivered to you by clicking here.

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Shadowfax Winery picnic hamper with meat, bread, condiments and salad
Shadowfax Winery picnic hamper with meat, bread, condiments and salad
Photograph: Shadowfax Winery

Shadowfax Wines

Things to do Werribee South

Sit in gorgeous Werribee Park and enjoy bread, antipasti, Australian cheeses, homemade duck sausage roll with condiments, jamon and salmi, wood-roasted octopus, roast carrot and broccoli tabbouleh and berry trifle, washed down by housemade lemon iced tea. The winery is also offering a kids' picnic box with things like yoghurt, pretzels and fruit. 

The boxes are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and feed two. Adult boxes are $90, and kids' boxes are $30. You can order online and pick up at the winery, or get your box delivered to nearby suburbs.

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