Australia is an excellent place for a food experience. The variety of natural foods and the rich multi-cultural background make the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney a mecca for food and wine lovers. What if you are not a foodie? Don’t worry. You will always be tempted to try tasty and creative Australian food.
Australia has a great food culture. You don’t need to go to expensive places to eat good food, as there are many places where you can experience authentic Australian food without breaking the bank. Here is the complete list of sites.
Where To East The Best Food In Australian Cities
Food Courts – On the go
Food courts in shopping malls are trendy places offering fresh global and local, and modern Australian cuisine. Here you can find any food, from a wide choice of Asian and Mediterranean and Arabic food to vegetarian and raw food for a quick hot meal whilst touring the city or shopping. My pick is Southbank Food Mall in Melbourne. The average cost is from 10-25 dollars.
Food Markets – A Sensory Experience
In Australia, food markets are an institution. They blend in the local with the global food offer, making it a great food experience. You can spend hours walking around the stalls, enjoying the colourful multi-ethnic atmosphere. Food markets are my favourite places to eat in Australia as they are rich in sounds, colour, smells and characters.
They often offer hands-on courses or food workshops, so planning some time there is worth it. One of the iconic food markets in Australia is Mindl Beach Sunset Market in Darwin. Have you ever seen a giant shrimp?
In Melbourne, the South Melbourne Markets, Adelaide, and Central Markets are my favourites. Arts and crafts markets are usually held on weekends and on events and are a great way to experience street food.
Wherever you are, don’t miss out on the farmers’ market to taste the local produce. If you plan to travel down south to South Western Australia, you must visit Margaret River, one of the best food regions of Australia, and taste its food and premium wines from the best Margaret River Wineries.
Street Cafés – The trendy experience
If you plan to explore Sydney’s Bondi Beach or St. Kilda in Melbourne, there is no better place to eat at one of the many street cafés for great food and coffee in a trendy setting, from vintage to modern design.
Restaurants – Top-notch food
If you rave about Italian Food, go to Lygon Street or Fitzroy for the finest restaurants and top-notch food in Melbourne. The Lanes and Arcades are the city’s pulse and offer great (hidden) places to eat when walking through Melbourne’s heart—the same for Adelaide. Check out Gouger Street for fine Asian and Australian cuisine. A meal in a good restaurant starts at 50-60 dollars.
Places to eat when on the road
Outback Hotels – Basic Outback Food
If the Australian cities have endless places to eat when travelling in the Outback, you will experience food differently. In isolated areas, the only places you can eat are at fuel stations or outback hotels, usually pubs and offering a standard menu with heavy, filling food.
You can eat steaks, hamburgers, potatoes, fish & chips, and “truck-drivers-food”. In outback townships, you can eat good local food, experience an authentic outback barbecue and taste locally grown meats, beef, lamb, chicken and more. Read about my food experience in Queensland’s Outback.
What if you don’t eat meat? Shop before hitting the road and pack your food. More on where to buy food in Australia in the upcoming posts.
For now, check out how to stay healthy and eat the right food when travelling around Australia.
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