Food halls, markets, parks, pop-ups — just wherever you can get a bunch of different food all at once.
The Richmond Yard
The concept is that it's the year 2023; the global economy has crashed; there's a mass class divide; jobs, resources and accommodation are scarce. The Richmond Yard is a post-apocalyptic meeting place, watering hole, trading circuit and trailer park for "urban renegades and underground resistors". Whether you love or hate the idea, you're intrigued, right? It's an immersive food and drink experience, with a focus on sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Different traders and musical acts will take over the Yard every Saturday, 4pm-midnight until 20 Feb. Car park, 55-67 Cremorne Street, Cremorne.
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Prahran Market's Pop-Up Street Food Market
Prahran Market's Pop-Up Street Food Market features Tastes Of Malaysia (nasi lemak, beef rendang), Andaluse (paella, tapas, flatbreads), El Alamo (Argentinian empanadas), Hungarian Street Food (goulash, lángos, grilled sausages, paprikash), Lusty Fine (pulled pork) and Tapioca Brazil (tapioca, coxinhas, kibes). If you haven't checked it out yet, hop to it because after Christmas Eve, it will be closed to make room for Paul Wilson's (Lady Carolina, Prince Of Wales Hotel, Circa Bar & Restaurant, Botanical Hotel) new flagship restaurant.
The Food Truck Park
The Food Truck Park comes to Chadstone — The Fashion Capital. Designer on the streets and street in the sheets. You get the gist. All your fave food trucks are gathering on the ground level near the Coles entry, from 11am-10pm daily until 3 Jan, on a rotating basis. Check The Food Truck Park Facebook page for line-ups. The Food Truck Park is also on in Preston, 518 High Street, Wednesday to Sunday. #StreetFoodMeetsFashion #ForTheLoveOfStreetFood
127 Brunswick Street
Japanese izakaya, breakfast diner and sushi bar, Ichi Ni Nana; Southeast Asian restaurant and cocktail bar, Village People (headed by ex-Longrain chef Arte Assavakavinvong); and the Upside Rooftop Bar make up this five-storey venue. Ichi Ni Nana (headed by ex-Nobu chef Razmy Gaffer) also features a street food stall and coffee stop window. Basically it's a one-stop shop for dinner, drinks, dancing and snacks (then breakfast the next morning).
If you've ever been to an actual hawker centre in Singapore or Malaysia you'll know they're little wonderlands of efficient, tasty, no-fuss, convenient comfort food. Central Park's outdoor street food market, Spice Alley, aims to replicate that atmosphere, and the offerings. It comprises four permanent stalls on Kensington Street, Chippendale — Bang Luck, Old Jim Kee, Alex Lee Kitchen, Hong Kong Diner — and occasional guest pop-ups. Almost every item is under $10. Open daily, 11am-10pm.
The 170-metre-long space at Barangaroo is hosting Mamak (roti and curry for days), RivaReno Gelato (silky, silky, cold goodness), Gin It pop-up bar from The Barber Shop, Edition Coffee Roasters (caffeinated gold and pastries), and Melbourne's Belle's Hot Chicken. The best thing about this pop-up is that it'll be running until August 2016, so your FOMO should not flare up. Daily, 11am-11pm.
Hyde Park Barracks Christmas Fare
Got some last-minute Xmas shopping to do? Might as well get some good food while you're at it, or buy the food as gifts. Among the 40 stallholders showcasing handmade produce and artisan wares, look out for Cornersmith, Young Henrys, Brooklyn Boy Bagels, Black Star Pastry, Sweetness The Patisserie and The Cake Kombi. It's on from 4-9pm, 17 Dec. Entry by gold coin (includes admission to Hyde Park Barracks Museum).