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Ultimate Food Guide to South Melbourne

South Melbourne, the home to Haines Media HQ! This inner-city, old soul neighbourhood also has contemporary culture, gourmet wine bars and other tasty treats. South Melbourne is a hub for all things food, drink and play. Its vibrant markets, dynamic shopping hubs and history make it the place to be.

South Melbourne Market

It would not be an Ultimate Guide to South Melbourne without mentioning the South Melbourne Market. If you’re a seafood lover like me, you can’t walk past Oyster Bar by Aptus Seafood without your mouth watering at the fresh ocean food, then you have definitely come to the right place. The market is host to many things from delis, florists, fruit and veg stores, fashion & beauty and many more. With its lively atmosphere all year round, everyone can enjoy music, artwork, murals and workshops from Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Park Street Pasta & Wine

Located on.. you guessed it, Park street. This cosy Italian restaurant and eatery have some of the best tasting pasta around! With flourishing flavours found in their Hiramasa Kingfish Crudo to their hand-made Agnolotti, it is hard to resist coming back for more. Priding themselves as Melbourne’s friendly neighbourhood osteria, this South Melbourne corner serves up dishes inspired by the 20 regions in Italy.

St Ali

Stocked in hundreds of locations around Australia, particularly Melbourne, you are bound to have tried the coffee beans at St Ali Coffee Roasters. Worth all the hype and located in a trendy and contemporary warehouse, St Ali delivers artisan coffee and a lively ambience for locals and travellers alike. Packed with rich flavours and roasted at their own facility in Melbourne, their blends are accessible, delicious, and always high quality.

BrickLane Bagels

Sweet or savoury? Breakfast or lunch? Everything seed, or no seeds at all? BrickLane Bagels has you covered! Specialising in traditional New York-style bagels, BrickLane has a wide variety that is bound to suit your taste buds! Nothing better than starting your day with a warm and lightly toasted bagel.


Bambu Asian Eating House borrows the exquisite flavours from South East Asia and beyond. The atmosphere of Asia's street markets has been brought to Cecil Street in the best way, inspiring a menu of Asian-inspired hawker food, an experimental cocktail list and of course, happy hour! You are bound to find a dish you love at Bambu!


Fresh to Clarendon street, we welcome Dessertopia! Brought to you by ice cream company 196 Below, Dessertopia is here to satisfy all your sugar cravings. Specialising in liquid nitrogen ice cream, this housemade dessert place is bringing a new edge to South Melbourne. Transforming locally sourced ingredients into pieces of heaven, they create cult classic cakes, pastries and shakes.

Le Pont

Everyone needs a crisp, delicious wine after a hard day of work. Le Pont delivers a range of beautiful local and international fine wine. A firm favourite of mine is the Pour Le Vin Bonnie Mine Rosé. At just $19 dollar a pop, it is both fruity and dry, transporting me to the summer heat in Paris. The store also offers special cheeses to complement your wine. If you’re lazy like me, you can pick up their quick and easy, ready-made meals for ease!


Cool, chic and elegant, the exterior is already eye-catching. But the mouth-watering Italian meals and stacked wine bar is really what captures hearts! With European ambience and lovely tasting plates, Bellota is a lovely bistro to relax and chat with old friends about everything and anything.