The Best of Balaclava

Balaclava in Melbourne’s south east, has always been known as a hip, cool spot.  It’s easily accessible by train and tram and has recently transformed into a food and shopping mecca.  Here’s our pick of the best spots in Balaclava.

Food

Ziggy's Eatery Balaclava

Ziggy’s – 195 Carlisle Street

The go to spot for New York styled burgers, beer on tap and great beats. There’s personality and style in every item on the menu from the massive mouth-watering ‘ZFC’ Burger, right through to the mind-blowing beauty that is ‘The Cheez’. Each decadent plateful is created by the Ziggy’s team using the best 100% Aussie made produce we can get our hands on.

Batch – 320 Carlisle Street

Batch offers all New Zealand expats a taste of home, including Supreme coffee, with origins in Wellington, NZ. Batch is a very popular spot, so be prepared to a bit of wait, but their great brunch menu will make the wait worth your while.

Treehouse – 263 Carlisle Street

Recently relaunched, Treehouse is a great brunch spot during the day and great drinking spot at night. They pride themselves of being local, including locally sourced produce as well as local musicians to entertain you at night.

Las Chicas Balaclava

Las Chicas – 203 Carlisle Street

This one has been a popular spot in Balaclava for a while, and its easy to see why. Las Chicas sources plenty of local, sustainable produce to put together their extensive breakfast and lunch menu. They’ve got St Ali coffee and a variety of alcoholic drinks if you need a pick me up.

Tulum – 217 Carlisle Street

Tulum has recently undertaken a significant renovation and the restaurant has had a whirlwind past six months, as it received its first Hat last year, was nominated for a Gault&Millau Award. They’ve also had a visit, and adoration, from Nigella Lawson.

Tulum’s reimagining takes cues from Turkey’s progressive culinary scene, and enmeshes with Melburnian’s insatiable thirst for compelling hospitality interiors. The new space retains pops of the venue’s statement turquoise, while integrating sophisticated polished slate tiles, chocolate and icy white marble, as well as a black ceiling creeping down the walls of newly exposed brick.

Tulum

Westbury – 261 Carlisle Street

Westbury has recently transformed from a hole in the wall coffee spot to a full sit down brunch cafe. The menu is South American inspired, affordable and delicious. Great coffee as well, as still available from the hole in the wall if you’re in a hurry.

Hunky Dory – 308 Carlisle Street

Hunky Dory has become a Melbourne institution, offering a range of healthier fish and chips. They’ve recently joined Carlisle Street in Balaclava for dine in or takeaway.

Glass Merchants – 63 Nelson Street

Glass Merchants is nestled in the heart of Balaclava and combines eclectic with industrial making it a great place to sit back and relax for your daily coffee or weekend brunch. Serving up an all-day breakfast menu and an exceptional lunch menu, Glass Merchants provides all things delicious and wholesome.

Shopping

Lulu and Little Lulu – 322 and 324 Carlisle Street

With a focus on local and independent labels, Lulu and Little Lulu is full of beautiful home wares, clothing and gifts. Check out their instagram for plenty of stylish inspiration @lulu_designstores.

The Pet Project – 326a Carlisle Street

The Pet Project is a new type of pet store, open 7 days, in the heart of the busy Carlisle Street in Balaclava.

They’ve sourced fashionable and high quality pet products from Australia and around the globe with a focus is on locally sourced, quality and natural products for our favourite furry friends and their loving owners.

The Pet Project

Sir Johns Gifts – 221 Carlisle Street

A store full of kitchenware and homewares. All your favourite brands, as well as great service and an onsite barista. Shop in store or online.

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Author Jason Manderson

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