10 Unique and Unusual Dining Experiences in Melbourne (Part 1)
Melbourne’s biggest and best quirky eating places, presented in a handy list form. Here’s the first part of our rundown of the top 10 unusual and unique dining experiences in Melbourne. Move over, Timeout’s 50 best, these picks are based on pure eccentric creativity.
#1 Miss Marple’s Tea Room
382 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, Victoria, www.missmarplestearoom.com
Nestled in the tourist stretches of Dandenong this is the place to live your Agatha Christie dreams, and soak up a unique restaurant. The charming atmosphere is abundant and is rounded off my waitresses in tea lady costumes, traditional welsh rarebit and a strong selection of rich puddings. Faded images of the detective keep a watchful eye over the scene.
#2 The Cat Cafe
30 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 catcafemelbourne.com
If pet therapy suits you better than retail therapy, you’ll need to experience the cat cafe. Here a tribe of well pampered felines offer you their (temporary) affection and companionship while you enjoy some light bites and a cuppa. You”ll enjoy the cat’s games all too much and likely find a purring tabby parked on your lap contentedly. There are no tables here and the cats roam as they please as though joining you for afternoon tea. Let’s face it, unique dining experiences don’t often offer feline guests at the table.
#3 Naked for Satan
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 nakedforsatan.com.au
A devilish treat and hipster favourite, make a beeline for this venue to try an array of pintxos and an incredible selection of vodkas. Notably, you can order a taster tray of vodka shots, all unflavoured, but from around the world and therefore all unique in flavour. The rooftop bar is a big draw and folks love to relax with a feeling of guilty pleasure amongst the risque images- everything here is a little bit tantalising, easily one of the best quirky restaurants in Melbourne.
#4 La Petite Creperie
32 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 www.lapetitecreperie.com.au
If you fancy impeccable French snacks from what appears to be a giant metal pringle tube on Swanston St, look no further. In all seriousness, this unusual and unique restaurant cuts to the heart of Parisian street food, and on a wintery night you’d be mad not to order a buttery warm crepe. Watch the chefs swirl a piece of perfection in seconds on their intensely hot grill, choose from fruity to sweet toppings and bring a beret to truly feel the part. Recommended choice: nutella and banana.
Flickr image ‘Naked For Satan’ courtesy of @Tristan Kenny All rights reserved.
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