A rustic Italian spot serving hefty, semolina-crusted pizzas. Play it straight with Napoletana or dial up the salt with pancetta, anchovy, capers and garlic. It’s near Victoria Park – a perfect place to bask in the sun with takeaway.
The follow-up to Cam’s Kiosk is an idyllic restaurant with its own kitchen garden, perfect for long lunches amid the backdrop of the Abbotsford Convent’s well-maintained grounds. Expect uncomplicated fare such as handmade pasta and roast chicken with celeriac puree.
A go-to for home-style Thai fare since 1996. Bring your crew and order familiar plates of pad see ew, Thai green curry and roti. Or beeline to the Isan section of the menu for dishes like larb and crying tiger (slow-cooked and grilled beef). Plus, family-recipe ice tea, chrysanthemum tea and coconut juice.
A budget-friendly stalwart that brims with local patrons and visitors most nights of the week. Squeeze into the cosy dining room for home-style salads, curries and hot pots. Pull a book off the communal shelf while you wait.
The Tanpapat family has been been serving Thai food for generations. They opened at this spacious Richmond warehouse in 2013, serving traditional dishes just as you’d find them in Thailand. Think boat noodles, punchy larb and pla rad prik (deep-fried barramundi with tamarind sauce).
This small, modestly decorated restaurant sits on a stretch of road best known for horrendous traffic. Yet the food is entirely legit. Go for the excellent, generously stacked tacos: with pork *al pastor* and charred pineapple; slow cooked beef; and deep-fried flathead with cabbage slaw and chipotle mayo. Wash it all down with a Mexican beer or a classic Margarita.
Community comes first at this homely cafe, which celebrates the tight-knit scene around it. Come for a best-selling vegan sando, a coffee in the sunny courtyard, or a browse of the local art for sale on the walls.
A grand chandelier and marbled walls give this tiny French patisserie an extra dose of opulence. That’s before you get to the Paris-inspired madeleines, baguettes, house-blended coffee, and a new take on the classic croissant.
Homey Japanese food and good coffee combine at this tiny corner cafe. Visit for tiny rolls stuffed with chicken sausage, teishoku (all-inclusive set meals, similar to bento boxes) and single-origin espresso drinks.
Visit this laidback cafe for its simple yet satisfying breakfasts (think a loaded ploughman’s lunch), consistently good coffee and cold-pressed juices. And follow it up with a stroll around the Abbotsford Convent.
This neighbourhood spot has an all-day cafe, diner, gallery space and courtyard with views of the Abbotsford Convent. It’ll take you right through your day, from your morning coffee to your late-night share plates and local lo-fi wines. As for food? Expect hearty veggie soups, charcuterie plates, mussels steeped in chilli and tomato sauce, and more.
Open midday to midnight, this intimate bar has a surprisingly large beer garden. Walk through to find a 1.5 metric tonne smoker slowly tenderising beef brisket, pork shoulder, chicken wings and German-style smoked cheese kransky.
An Abbotsford taproom from one of Brisbane's most popular breweries. The team ships its most in-demand beers twice weekly, fresh from Brisbane. Pick one of 12 pours, then order some food from local favourites, including Rita's Cafeteria and Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe.
The Retreat is a trip back in time – to 1915 to be exact. It’s one of the few pubs in the city with a true heritage fit-out; a warren full of tiny rooms, stained glass and curved timber surfaces. But it’s kept up with the times where it counts, as the throngs of locals will attest. Be sure to book on weekends or you’ll be eating your curry standing.
At this "mapped" bottle shop, a cartographer and a sommelier are cracking open wines you’ve never tried from under-represented regions around the world. Grab a bottle to go, or settle in with a glass and some charcuterie (or order in from a nearby restaurant).
Opened in 1988, this is one of Melbourne's best – and most established – Asian supermarkets. Its range is extensive with aisles dedicated to tea, herbs and spices, shrimp skins, Japanese seaweed and duck eggs.