Its falafels are crisp, fresh and 100 per cent vego. They’re packed into pitas with a staple combo of Israeli salad, house-made hummus and tahini. The sabich and haloumi are crowd-pleasers. Go for the pita or order your meal piled high on a plate.
Danny’s is the second oldest burger shop in Melbourne. But it’s kept up with the times, plus you can nab one of these old-school fish’n’chipper-style burgs (and maybe a dim sim spiked with soy sauce) until late every night.
A sunny corner cafe opposite Edinburgh Gardens that has (despite the name) plenty of room to dine in. You might go for creamy breakfast congee, cilbir (Turkish eggs), burnt Basque cheesecake or pastries from Wild Life. As the name implies, there’s also a spot to stand and enjoy your coffee if you’re on-the-go, made with Standing Room’s own house blend.
Enter through the discreet side gate, order at the garage window, then head to a leafy nearby park with a saucy meatball sub and a side of fries loaded with either bolognaise or carbonara – made from family recipes.
One of Melbourne’s favourite pub groups has added the 1871 neighbourhood watering hole to its stable. And while the bright green facade might be gone, the corner pub still has all of its old-school charm.
Hit this north-side favourite for Italian-leaning pub fare and a strong community vibe. When the sun is shining, the retractable roof peels back and the beer garden at The Empress teems with locals seeking shade among the palms.
The kind of neighbour you’ll want to enjoy long, languorous meals with. Expect a tome-like wine list that spans France, Italy, Georgia and Australia. Plus a share plate menu that might include excellent handmade pasta, elevated seasonal veg and an unmissable Sunday roast.