Whilst away in Australia recently for a family wedding, Mom & I decided to fit in a sneaky weekend in Melbourne and, boy oh boy, was it worth it! The food scene in Melbourne is unbelievably impressive. It’s a hub of diverse cuisines; from Greek to Vietnamese, you can dine to your heart’s desire, and the quality is second to none! Naturally, I gravitated towards the healthier hot spots and enjoyed some of the best and most aesthetically pleasing acai bowls and, of course, the crazy-good-brighten-up-your-morning-put-a-swing-in-your-step coffee.
We had our first breakfast at Darling Café in South Yara and were completely blown away by the food presentation and décor. I feasted on their Organic Acai Bowl that was served with the tastiest activated buckwheat granola. My bowl looked as if it had been prepared by a fruit ninja, with each piece of fruit meticulously placed, and garnished with beautiful edible flowers. I enjoyed it alongside a lovely Matcha Latte. One of my favourite decorative details was their use of baby pineapples mixed with wild flowers in bottles on each table – such a cute and unique idea!
The interior of this restaurant is outstanding. Tall ceilings, exposed whitewash brick, an abundance of greenery and modern finishes, this is the perfect setting to lull away a rainy afternoon. They have two locations in Melbourne, we visited the one on Little Bourke Street and it was extremely popular so be sure to arrive early or book ahead. Luckily, there’s a coffee station set up outside, so our 20 minute wait was spent happily sipping on some Almond Milk Hot Chocolates. The wait was 1000% worth it. Their menu is short and simple but their combinations are superb. I had the Kale Salad served with almond hummus, cauliflower, miso, avocado, poached eggs and salty seeds. I would never have imagined that all of these ingredients could be so tasty, but this was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. 10/10.
S.O.S is another adorable breakfast spot, also located in South Yara. Nestled in a little courtyard looking onto a lovely big fountain, this a delightful spot for a tranquil morning. Their wonderful selection of hot drinks can all be made with their homemade almond milk. It’s delicious and not at all overbearing which I find most almond milks often can be. I hate to say it but I also went for the Acai Bowl here – I’m sorry, I’m sorry! When you’re in the land of the most beautiful acai bowls, you gotta milk it, or rather juice it! True to Melbourne standard, the presentation was awe-inspiring. Layered between crunchy granola clusters, this acai smoothie had the perfect ice-cream like texture.
This spot is a little bit further away from the action, but so worth the trip, even if it is just to marvel at the décor. Marble tables, swings as seats, gold cutlery, succulents and wild flowers everywhere, this place is Pinterest heaven. Seratonin also offers a delectable selection of hot drinks. I went for the turmeric latte which was aptly presented with a dusting of turmeric in the shape of a smiley face reflecting their happy branding. I opted for the Nutrition Bomb which was yummy and packed with nutritious goodness (not as tasty as Higher Ground, however). Mom went for the Avo Toast served with a beetroot relish, and said it was divine.
We couldn’t leave Melbourne without venturing into Victoria Market, so that’s just what we did on our last morning. It’s really no surprise that this place is so highly recommended, the selection of produce is incredible and right through the back you can find the most amazing section boasting 100% organic certified products. Victoria Market is home to Market Lane, reputed to be one of Melbourne’s top coffee places. It did not disappoint. I have a lot of time for places that specialise in one specific thing but do it extraordinarily well. I can’t remember the name of the particular roast that we chose but the flavour notes were dark chocolate, brazil nut and caramel (I think). Unfortunately, they do not serve any non-dairy milks but their milk is organic and locally sourced. This coffee was the absolute bees knees and, quite possibly, the best I’ve ever had. I want to describe it like morning poetry, I’m not sure that works, but that’s my feel, so I’m gonna roll with it.
Melbourne, you were a dream. I hope we meet again one day.