Melted cheese, buttery bread and a cheeky sprinkle of Himalayan rock salt. Toasties really are the best thing since sliced bread. Try these winter warmers on your next lunch break.

$10 lunch and coffee special

Coffee and toasties – there isn't a better winter duo. Check out Chapter House Coffee for classic combos like ham and cheese, egg and bacon or cheese and tomato. Score this bundle of toasty yum with a standard latte (with beans by Reverence Coffee) for just $10 during winter.

Ripe cheese all-Australian toastie

Ripe has one of the ooziest toasties in town. Bite through thick buttered sourdough for a mozzarella, sharp cheddar, blue cheese and caramelised leek flavour sensation. Seasonal specials include burrata toasties and the occasional truffle treat – visit regularly and you'll be able to try them all.

A person holding a stack of toasted cheese sandwiches.
Ripe Cheese

Quirky fried chicken and chorizo

Part dollhouse exhibit, part French-inspired cafe, Le Toaster takes hidden quirk to the next level. Try crispy fried chicken and Swiss cheese toasties in the company of vintage posters and ventriloquist dolls. Or devour a stash of salty goodness with the sell-out chorizo toastie, made with cheese, sauerkraut and pickles.

Triple cheese sourdough treats

Baguette Studios in North Melbourne is quickly making a name for itself with beautifully burnished pretzel baguettes. But we can't skip the classic grilled cheese. Smoked cheddar, gruyere and monterey jack make an oozey triple threat, complete with caramelised onion relish and horseradish mayo. Wash down your feast with a butterscotch cream iced latte.

A grilled cheese toastie on a white plate.
Baguette Studios

Old school tuna melt in a hidden laundromat cafe

In very Melbourne fashion, Two Snakes is tucked away in an unassuming Carlton laundromat. The coffee menu is an expert-curated cold brew lovers dream, and single origins on offer rotate daily. Beat lunchtime hunger with a stacked Dench Bakers toastie. Specifically the cheddar stuffed, pickle lined, hot sauce loaded tuna melt.

Korean-style rainbow toasties

Colour your lunch happy with cult Korean snacks at Rainbow Toastie. The ultimate in Instagrammable munchables, they use a secret blend of tasty and mozzarella cheeses to make this stretchy technicolour treat. Give that rainbow-hued cheese a stretch, and you can’t help but grin. Enjoy with a Korean-style iced coffee.

A toasted sandwich with rainbow coloured cheese being pulled apart.
Rainbow Toastie

Laneway vegan jaffles

Go vegan, go to Union Kiosk. This tiny hole-in-the-wall specialises in 100 per cent vegan jaffles. Think dairy-free ham, cheese and hollandaise, or a meat-free cheeseburger inspired toastie. The homemade baked beans are a warming winter hunger buster, too. Don't forget to grab a giant bar of vegan chocolate and an almond chai before you go.

Hidden laneway croque monsieur

Tucked away in one of Melbourne's tiniest hidden laneways is where you'll find Croque Melbourne, a French toastie wonderland from the team behind Roule Galette. The classic croque is a cheesy, melty masterpiece cooked to perfection on artisan bread. Savour the house made béchamel sauce and pretend you're in France. Visit again for the salmon and avo grilled cheese, then grab flaky croissants and Danishes to go.

A person holding a toasted sandwich with dripping cheese.
Croque Monsieur

Meat-free sandwiches in an iconic picnic spot

Fitrzroy Gardens cutie KereKere Green has all the standard cheesy sandos, but their meat-free fare is a must during winter. Go all veg with a mushroom, goat cheese, sun dried tomato and artichoke sensation. Not digging dairy? The falafel, roasted pumpkin and cashew pesto toastie should hit the spot. And even better, the entire toastie menu clocks in at under $10.

Pesto-loaded caprese toasties

Simplicity, slightly elevated and sprinkled with rock salt. That's the promise of a takeaway toastie from Otherside on Little Collins Street. The caprese toastie features basil pesto, fresh tomato, spinach and super oozey mozzarella. More magic between sliced bread includes a sriracha mayo tuna melt and garlic thyme mushroom toasties.

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Greta

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Heartbaker Bun Mee

Authentic Vietnamese cafe serving fresh street food and traditional banh mi baguettes.

Fuumi Fuumi

A Japanese bakery and cafe with lunch specials and freshly baked pastries.

Saluministi

Not just for salumi, they also offer breakfast and almost a dozen panini options.

Meet Sando

Meet Sando is a daytime fast casual restaurant, located within the Queen Victoria Market complex

Coppe Pan

Baking fresh four times daily, Coppe Pan has your gourmet sandwich craving covered.

Liminal

Cafe and wine store offering a sustainable, seasonal menu for breakfast and lunch.

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