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Miss that old-school corner store vibe? Swing by these gourmet grocers and deluxe delis for much more than newspapers and milk. Make sure venues are within your 5km radius before visiting. And remember it’s strictly takeaway only – get in and get out!
Dressed in chic green stripes, Le Derrière by Entrecôte conjures Paris for its South Yarra locals. From petit déjeuner (brekkie) to dinner, you’ll find hot-to-go tarts, pies and pastries. Not forgetting must-haves like red wine vinegar and chilled Bolly. Don’t leave without a crème brûlée doughnut and their signature baguette loaded with steak, frites and secret herb butter sauce.
Pining for American takeout bagels and multi-layered sangas? You’re in the right place at Dagwood Deli in Southbank. Nibble a sesame-seed bagel filled with lox and cream cheese. Or open wide for hot pastrami and mustard on rye, with potato chips and pickle on the side. Add a latte and a couple of double-choc cookies.
East Melbourne General Store
Drop off your dry cleaning, pick up a bottle of wine and chew the fat with the locals at East Melbourne General Store. The family-run milk bar has been around for more than 150 years, with all your needs on tap. Noisette pastries, St Ali coffee, enviro-friendly loo roll. As well as soups and pastas to heat up at home.
Big Vic Deli
At Big Vic Deli, aka BVD, the speciality of the day is premium cured meats. Whether it’s Otway bacon or Wagyu salami, they’ve got the makings for a perfect picnic platter. If you’re in need of antipasti, ask the friendly staff for tips on matching olives and Greek cheeses. Pair them with mascarpone-stuffed figs, dolmades and chargrilled artichoke hearts. Pop in for takeaway or order a delivery.
Broad Bean Organic Grocer
When your vegies have to be biodynamic, Broad Bean Organic Grocer is your friend. This Southbank standby stocks organic produce and salads, free-range eggs and savoury tarts. Plus vegan goods for the household, from bathroom cleaning products to shampoo. Warm up with probiotic porridge or chill with a made-to-order cold-pressed carrot juice.
Looking for something different for dinner? Calia in Emporium has a deluxe range of groceries, sourcing goodies from Japan and closer to home. Such as Wagyu striploin for the grill, or Tassie salmon fillet to pan-sear in a flash. But why cook when you can order ready-to-go gyozas, a Japanese chicken curry and green tea chiffon cake? Order an online delivery, or get free click and collect if you’re in the radius.
Spring Street Grocer
Spring Street Grocer has everything you could wish for under one roof, including liquor from City Wine Shop next door. Let’s see, there’s gelato and gourmet groceries, coffee and artisan cheeses. Indulgent take-home treats like truffles and caviar, champagne and brie. Or choose from the selection of chef-made meals. Maybe seafood chowder to start, followed by mushroomy chicken pie for two. Pop in for takeaway or order a delivery.
Can’t get enough of La Tortilleria’s authentic Mexican fare? Buy their own-brand corn tortillas and nacho chips, and try making it yourself. They also sell vegan tostadas and blue-corn tortillas. Throw in a jar of spicy-hot salsa and can of refried beans from their grocery and you’ll have dinner on the table, Mexican style. Pop in for takeaway or order a delivery.
King & Godfree
Carlton’s local deli since 1884, King & Godfree has mastered the art of the gourmet Italian hamper. The Friday Night Speciale has all the essentials for end-of-week nibblies. Pork terrine, a round of soft cheese, nuts and crackers. Add a heady sangiovese from the bottle shop and you’re all set to go. Pop in for takeaway or order a delivery.
It's beginning to look a little like Christmas at irresistible Italian deli Saluministi. Home to some of Melbourne's best sandwiches, those in the know eagerly await the annual arrival of their Christmas Dolce & Gabbana panettone. The limited edition fruit breads come in gorgeous collectible tins almost too pretty to open. Go classico or try Sicilian pistachio and white chocolate editions. Pre-order now, they sell out early every year.
Scusi? It’s fine to practise your Italian at DOC Delicatessen, where the shelves are lined with Italy’s best smallgoods and produce. Pizza night at home is a cinch with their vacuum-packed oven-ready margheritas. Add creamy buffalo mozzarella to scatter on top, and tempting tiramisu for dessert. And for vino, a bottle of Chianti, grazie. Pop in for takeaway or order a delivery.
Bijou Bottle Shop
In the site of a 100+ year-old building comes Bijou, the latest boozy expedition by the team behind Gin Palace. Pop in for a takeaway bottle of something fancy (like local dry gin from the Melbourne Gin Company). Or pay a post-lockdown visit and hang around for cocktails, crudités and bartender banter.
More of the best wine stores and bottle shops in Melbourne
Blackhearts and Sparrows
Independent wine store with a wide range of carefully selected wine, beer, and cider.
The Melbourne Wine Store
Specialist in boutique wine and spirits, craft beer, classic beer, cider and mixers.
Bijou Bottle Store & Bar
A bottle store and bar with a large selection of boutique wine and spirits.
Last updated on Thu 26 Aug 2021
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The Land of Soy & Honey
Store in the Queen Victoria Market selling honey and soy products.
Donati's Fine Meats
Carlton butcher shop, selling high quality fresh and cured meats since the 1960s.
Sausages Made Simple
Specialty store for lovers of cured meats, offering classes, equipment and fresh sausages to go.