Melbourne is a foodies heaven, with international, trendy cuisines everywhere you look. One of the best things about studying at the RMIT City Campus is being within walking distance of these places. With the whole city as your playground, here are some of the best and most convenient places nearby that won’t break your purse.
Poké is having a bit of a moment in Melbourne. It seems like everywhere you look, more poké places keep popping up. For good reason! Poké bowls are some of the most insta-worthy foods that just happen to be healthy. Keep on top of this trendy food and head down to Ace Poké on Elizabeth Street. There you’ll be served a rainbow bowl containing fresh and healthy ingredients you can mix-and-match to create your perfect bowl. Be sure to grab one of their loyalty cards–you’ll definitely want to come back for more!
If you’re looking for value for money, stop right here. DonDon has some of the best food in Melbourne for the budget-conscious. No wonder it has been a staple for RMIT students for years! It serves cheap, fast and delicious Japanese food and most importantly, they don’t skimp on portion sizes. Rumour has it, they even serve extra rice if you ask nicely! Just be warned, this place can be busy, but it’s well worth waiting in the queue for! Try opting for takeaway or avoiding peak hour times to grab a seat.
One of the best things about being a student are the discounts. Crossways on Swanston Street is one of the best places to use your concession card, offering all-you-can-eat Indian food for $6.95. Can it get any better? Turns out, it can. Crossways is an entirely vegetarian/vegan restaurant, so you can feel good about doing something good for the animals as you fill your plate up to your hearts content at the buffet.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want to eat something quick and simple for lunch like a sandwich. B3 Cafe offers just that. Located in Melbourne’s popular Centre Lane, their food is nothing fancy, just good quality baguettes filled with fresh ingredients. The bread is equally fluffy and crispy, so you’ll be happily munching away while you wander along the bustling laneways and arcades Melbourne is famous for. The best part? The baguettes are $5 each. A must-eat for when you’re short of cash.
Wonderbao is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets, located in a hidden alley a stone’s throw from RMIT City Campus. It’s worth the struggle of trying to find, for the street kitchen offers some of the best bao in the city. Soft and fluffy, the bao is filled with the filling of your choice and offers plenty of meat and veggie options. It’s perfect for students who are on the go and want something quick to eat before class. Be sure to try it with the home-made soy milk, served hot or cold.
If you don’t want to wander too far from campus but you’re sick of what Melbourne Central food hall has to offer, head over to Nosh. A minute away from the food hall, Nosh is know for its use of local and healthy ingredients that nourish your soul as well as your belly. They offer build-your-own bowls for the creative. If you’re in the mood for something different, you can try their Nori Tacos, a flavour and texture combination you didn’t know you needed!
Put down your books, RMIT students, it’s time for lunch! Which of these places do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!
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