Melbourne's many parks make picnics a great option for an impromtu party or even a midweek lunch (weather permitting, naturally). Now all you need is something to nibble on. Conveniently, a few Melbourne eateries are happy to prepare a park-ready picnic hamper, and here are some of our favourites.
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All the Vue cafés do lunchboxes (just like school, only fancy) but the one at Heide Gallery best where we can gawk at the sculptures while eating the salads, pies and thermos of tea made with herbs from the garden. Bulleen.
Fitzrovia packs a mean picnic. They even stick in a blanket and have your wine waiting, chilled, at the Prince Wine Store. In your basket you’ll find a selection of sandwiches, cheese and tarts, as well as cutlery, crockery, and possibly the kitchen sink. St Kilda.
Spanish-style rolls and Portuguese custard tarts await you in Gas Eatery’s tapas-inspired picnic boxes. They’ve got standard and vegetarian options available, and a pack includes cutlery, plates, and glasses. South Melbourne.
The cheese barons at Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder can sort you out with chicken Waldorf salad sandwiches, meats and a couple of their epic cheeses. They can fix you up for booze too. Richmond.