Another 24 hours in Melbourne…



So anyways, I’ve been following the Melbourne edition of Broadsheet in instagram for a bit now (@broadsheet_melb). Essentially they’re a best of in the foodie scene….more than that, though, it’s a city guide.

Where was I? Yes, with Broadsheet.

Here’s the thing- they’ve opened a pop-up restaurant in Gertrude St, Fitzroy. It’s one of these concept type places where they’ve taken the best breakfast/ daytime dishes from some of the best breakfast/daytime spots in Melbourne eg Top Paddock’s brioche is on the menu, as is their baked eggs. They’ve done the same for the night menu, the cocktail menu, the furniture, the design, the styling. Every detail has a reason.

I love it. It’s such a Melbourne thing to do…and it’s there for a limited time only. After that, the site will be developed into apartments.

We wandered up there on Sunday morning.

What we breakfasted on…


I had Auction Room’s “Throwback”- avocado on sourdough toast with roast beetroot, fresh herbs and dukkah crusted feta- with a poached egg.

Miss 17 had Filter’s Rye bread smorrebrød with smoked salmon, cracked pepper cream cheese and devilled egg.


If you want to know more about the concept and the collaborators, the website is here.

Gertrude St is an easy-ish walk from the city- if you want to build up your appetite…or walk off lunch afterwards. Or you can, of course, take the tram- no. 86 from Collins St.

Where we lunched…


Hutong Dumpling House, in Market Lane- opposite Flower Drum- off Little Bourke Street.

I’m pretty sure I’ve told you about here before- the dumplings are fantastic.


Both of us have a soft spot for a xiao long bao (soupy dumpling) or three- and Hutong’s take a lot of beating- the perfect ratio of soup to skin, and the perfect size for popping in the mouth.

While we both agreed that there are absolutely plenty of times over the weekend where we missed hubby, dumpling time was not one of them. Why? Because the steamer comes with 8- and that’s not evenly divisible by 3.

We also ordered the drunken chicken and wontons in chilli oil.


Then we went for a long walk.

Where we dined…

After covering miles and miles (cue heavy sighs and complaints about sore feet from Miss 17) we ducked down to our favourite Asian BBQ Pork place- we call it the hanging duck joint- in Little Bourke. You can’t miss it- it’s always busy…and why shouldn’t it be? It’s cheap, it’s quick, and the char siu pork is seriously tasty.

Where we shopped…


Rose St Markets– I’ve told you about there before. I. Just. Love. It.

Open on Saturday and Sundays from 11am, it’s full of wonderful, lovely things that you won’t get at the more commercial markets. And it’s in Fitzroy…and I love Fitzroy…did I mention that? That means that afterward you can walk up and down Brunswick St and explore some of the side streets.

Wait, there’s more…


Top Paddock (Church St, Richmond) for brekky on the public holiday Monday.

Apparently it was a quiet morning so we only queued for 20 mins for a seat on the bench table. Anyways, regardless of the wait, Top Paddock is always a good idea- and not just for research.


I had the potato and leek omelette and Miss T had the eggs bennie with ham hock. About two-thirds of the way through she declared herself so full, but ‘this is too good to leave.’


Take Tram No 78 and get off at stop 53- just before the Church St bridge.


Fitzrovia, on Fitzroy St, St Kilda

I’ve lunched here a few times, and it was our first port of call when we arrived in town this trip.


We ate fajitas filled with pulled lamb and corn and all other sorts of yummy stuff. The juices ran down our chins, and we were very happy girls.


Next door is Scout– one of those homewares shops where you could just fill your entire house with the contents….or at least I could! Miss 17 had to hold me back from stocking up on enamel cookware and vintage bread boards. I managed to sneak a wonderful book on Melbourne’s precincts…all in the name of research, of course….past her eagle, judgmental eyes…


Embiggen Books in Little Lonsdale St, just across from The Wheeler Centre, so behind the library. Everything a book shop should be. I dare you not to be enchanted.


Speaking of which, if you haven’t visited the Library (at the Little Lonsdale end of Swanson St) you have to. There are always exhibitions on, and the reading room is instagram worthy.

Naturally, this list is not exhaustive…click on the Melbourne link at the top of the site for more ideas…

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for IBOT

IMG_1910See also:

24 hours in Melbourne

24 hours in Melbourne (2013)

Friday Five: The Melbourne Five

Friday Five: The Melbourne Edition

Under the Clocks: My walking tour of Melbourne’s street art

A few of my favourite things



Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

10 thoughts

    1. Hey there Malinda, we have to do heaps of walking to justify the eating! It’s certainly great fun.

  1. I really want dumplings right about now. Didn’t manage to find time to case one place on my recent trip to Melbourne. It was pretty much fly in fly out with food at the event. Next time, I’m heading straight for the dumplings.

    1. I could so live there- although hubby couldn’t. So I do the next best thing…visit & set books there instead!

  2. Fabulous post and pics- I’m a native, love markets and I can’t believe I’ve never done the Rose Street thing. But then you need time and or lots of cooperation to conquer these things and that’s not always easy. One day! #teamIBOT

    1. I’m like that with Sydney- sometimes the effort of driving, parking etc is all too hard…although I’m trying to be better though & venture out of the suburbs more…Thanks for dropping by.

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