The 5 best places for foodies to live in Melbourne
If you want to be within walking distance, or better yet the delivery zone, of some of Melbourne’s best restaurants here are the top five places to consider making a move to.
Based on this survey and the amount of listings each area has in The Age Good Food Guide 2015, here are the top 5 places you should add to your search if you want to live in Melbourne’s best culinary locations.
1. Melbourne (CBD).
You’re truly spoilt for choice when you live in the CBD, with every cuisine and every price point right on your doorstep. The Age Good Food Guide 2015 shows the city centre is definitely the place to be for a foodie, with 89 restaurants featured in the guide. Melbourne’s Good Food Guide Editor Janne Apelgren says Flinders Lane is Melbourne’s top ‘eat street’. With five out of ten of Melbourne’s top 10 dishes in The Age Good Food Guide located at restaurants in the CBD, the city really is a foodie’s paradise.
Typical house types: Apartments.
Fonda Flinders Lane
Red Spice (home delivery)
The charm of Fitzroy’s eateries is that you’re always surprised by what’s on offer and there’s always somewhere new to try out. The area has a lot of unique and affordable pubs and cafes for casual dining, as well as hip swankier established restaurants for fans of fine food. It’s easy to see why The Age Good Food Guide 2015 rated Fitzroy as Melbourne’s foodiest suburb, with 22 entries located in Fitzroy and 10 more in it’s neighbour Fitzroy North. Fitzroy features Melbourne’s other top ‘eat street’ Smith Street, according to Good Food Guide Editor Janne Apelgren.
Typical house types: Double and single storey terrace houses.
Bimbo Deluxe ($4 pizzas!)
Running off the famous retail mecca that is Chapel Street, Prahran is well known for it’s gourmet fresh food market, humming nightclubs, the Jam Factory complex and village-like cosmopolitan feel. There is a huge range of eateries in Prahran, ranging from pubs and smoothie bars to cosy cafes and glamorous bistros.
Typical house types: Designer apartments and Edwardian and Victorian terrace houses.
Third Wave Cafe (home delivery)
If you love dressing up to go out to dinner, visiting the theatre and art galleries, apartment living and fine dining, then a move to Southbank would suit you. This riverside precinct is famous for it’s bustling atmosphere, Crown Casino, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Having played host to Heston Blumenthal’s infamous temporary The Fat Duck restaurant and it’s $1,200 14 course dinner for two, the area is known for its unforgettable dining experiences. The Age Good Food Guide 2015 included a very respectable 20 eateries in Southbank.
Typical house types: Modern apartment buildings.
5. St Kilda.
St Kilda isn’t just famous for the Espy, its sea baths and the huge grin of Luna Park, its bars, restaurants, farmer’s market and bakeries definitely hold their own. St Kilda is home to many foodie’s favourite haunts. From the colourful confections on offer at the historic cake shops of Acland Street to the sophisticated and sleek bayside bars and restaurants overlooking Port Philip, St Kilda has something to please every palette, occasion and budget.
Typical house types: Victorian terraces, cottages and art deco apartment buildings.
We hope this list has wet your appetite for the best foodie areas in Melbourne to add into your search for a new home. Are you a self proclaimed Melbourne based foodie? Maybe you can help us find:
Happy house hunting!