You’d think that after my previous Melbourne posts it felt like I had been there for at least a week. In fact I was only there for 4 days and it surely felt like an eating tour. Our stomachs were constantly full so it was nice to have a break and explore the beautiful Victoria for a day. From then we also decided to cancel some planned eats and settle for some quick bites instead.
The Twelve Apostles
I love the Melbourne lane ways. It’s always buzzing and has such a lively atmosphere, particularly Degraves Street where it is filled with plenty of cafes and outdoor seating.
Every trip to Melbourne calls for a stop at Degraves Espresso Bar for some coffee. Although very busy most of the time, the coffees produced are never short of fantastic. It is consistently done well, and it’s no wonder we always make the return.
Degraves Espresso Bar
25 Degraves St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: +613 9654 1245
Seeking a light lunch, we stumble across this dumpling place. There’s a queue so it’s got to be good. Noticing that the customers were either workers or uni students, we thought we would just blend in with the students..
We get a seat after 20 minutes so it isn’t too bad (considering we have no where else to be lol). The restaurant itself doesn’t hold too many people but I think the turnaround time is relatively quick because the food comes out quick.
Xiao Long Bao 8 pcs $9.80
8 identical soup dumplings arrive at our table in no time.
The skins are delicate, the soup is flavoursome (and so clear) and the pork is delightful. You can’t ask for much more in a xiao long bao.
Fried Pork Mini Bun 6 pcs $9.50
Soft pillowy dough, crispy bottoms and tender juicy pork filling means only one thing, silence as we eat. The Boy can’t figure out if these were quite possibly the best pan fried pork buns he’s had or not. He says it’s a toss up between here and New Shanghai back in Sydney. Now that’s some fierce competition because I know how much he loves New Shanghai!
For the first time in Melbourne, we walked out of a restaurant feeling mildly content and not (overly) full. I told you it was a light lunch, well, more like a stomach-lining-meal only haha.
Shanghai Street Dumpling
342 Little Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: +613 9600 2250
And of course a trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without a visit to the much loved Lord of the Fries.
Proudly Fresh, not frozen!
$6.95 for a box of chips
It was a tough choice as to what sauce to get.. so what does this precious box hold?
$1 for a slathering of classic sauce
Belgium is our pick for the night, which is a European mayo. It’s creamy, it’s thick, it’s moreish, it’s so good! We use up so much sauce with each chip that we need more sauce! Taking it as a sign we stop eating and order a take away sauce of the Parisian aioli garlic mayo so we can have it as a midnight snack later on. Best decision ever :)
And yes, a Sydney branch will be opening sometime later this year on George Street. Now we don’t have to fly to Melbourne to get a LOTF fix – oh yes, can’t wait! ;)
Lord of the Fries
Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
Shop 146 Knox Lane
211 La Trobe Street
Lunch time sees us visiting The Cape Otway Lighthouse. A cloudless blue sky makes the perfect day to be sight seeing. We couldn’t have asked for a better view during our pit stop.
And we finally make it to The Twelve Apostles (or what’s left of it). It felt so surreal to be there. The sandstones are just that, but they are so captivating and took my breath away! This is nature at it’s best – el natural baby!
We notice this cute little coffee place right near our hotel – The League of Honest Coffee by Padre
Set out almost like a warehouse with a mass variety of coffee beans, tea and equipment on display, it made the place feel more than just a cafe. It made you want to wander around as it felt like there was something to learn and see.
Our coffees are outstanding with beautiful works of coffee art. It was the first time I didn’t add sugar – that’s how much I loved the taste and aroma! Sadly I don’t know what coffee beans they used but whatever it was, it’s amazing.
I love how relaxing, cool and calm this cafe is. It’s tucked away in a lane way, away from the main streets and hustle and bustle. It’s definitely a hidden gem and I am so glad we came across it. We’ll definitely make a return the next time we visit Melbourne again.
The League of Honest Coffee
8 Exploration Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9654 0169
I just had to finish this post with this picture as it was one of my favourite shots from the entire trip. Love.