The Best Cheap Eats in Melbourne (for Under $20)

Publisher Lonsdale Institute Published on September 13th, 2017
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Eating out is something Melbourne does best, but knowing where to get a good feed and not break the bank can be a tricky prospect. Avoid overspending while still enjoying everything this city has to offer, any day of the week. When it comes to culinary delights, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best cheap eats in Melbourne City.

1. Lounge Bar and Kitchen

243 Swanston Street, CBD

Burger and fries for under $10

Craving a burger that doesn’t hurt your wallet? Head into Lounge Bar between 12-3pm on a Tuesday and you can wrap your lips around a 21 day aged black angus patty cheeseburger for $9. The buns are baked in house and the fries are crispy and golden. Outstanding value, and you can add in a sneaky beverage and still come out under $20.

2. Five & Dime

16 Katherine Place, Melbourne

New York bagels and sandwiches

Lower east side New York meets Melbourne CBD in this tricked out little bagel and sandwich shop, smack bang in the middle of corporate Melbourne. Grab a coffee and a traditional(ish) bagel for under $10 or treat yourself to a sandwich at lunchtime. The atmosphere is fast and friendly. Great if you’re in a rush or looking for something to takeaway.

3. Don Don

198 Little Lonsdale St, CBD

Dons of all shapes and sizes

Nestled in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, Don Don serves up tasty japanese bowls in a cash only joint that’s absolutely packed with students and workers during the midday rush. Once inside, you’ll be treated to a steaming hot bowl of curry chicken and rice for $8. Best of all, the service is lightning fast, so even if there is a queue out the door (and there often is) you won’t have to wait too long. Perfect on a cold day where you’re looking for something warm and homely to pick up the spirits and fill you up (without draining your wallet).

4. Goz City

502 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Gozleme and pides

Hand rolled pastry with delicious fillings, borek fingers, pide and gozleme are all on offer at this cosy CBD lunch spot. A gozleme will set you back $10, and for the same price there’s also homemade soups served with Turkish bagels for those looking for something a little different. More than your average kebab shop, Goz City has clean decor and a simplified menu that focuses on quality and taste.

6. Tom Phat

182-184 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Main meal and a coffee

Smack bang in the middle of Sydney Road, bring $20 and you can grab a tasty main meal with a coffee every weekday lunch (except Tuesdays, when they’re closed). And if you’re feeling like a splurge, there’s a range of tasty, Asian inspired desserts like the Roti pancake with banana, coconut jam and ice cream, and the vegan black sticky rice pudding.

7. Hotel Jesus

174 Smith Street, Collingwood

Tacos, tostadas and ceviche

Tuesday nights is $2 tacos at this no-frills Mexican joint, brought to you by the team from Mamasita. There’s also $4 beers, cider and Sangria from 4pm to 6pm Tuesday through to Friday. Meanwhile, a chicken or beef burrito will set you back $12. A great place for catching up with friends, the relaxed atmosphere, cheap eats and party vibe means there’s always time for round two.

8. Smith & Deli

111 Moor Street, Fitzroy

Vegan Delicatessen extraordinaire

Even the most voracious carnivore can find something to enjoy at this vegan, made-to-order deli in Fitzroy. With tongue in cheek names like ‘Club Sandwiches not Seals’, great coffee, and vegan versions of everything you’d typically find in a new york deli, Smith & Deli is always pumping. An affordable option (and not just for vegans) when hunting for cheap eats in Fitzroy.

9. Neko Neko

83 Smith Street, Fitzroy

Ramen, vegan, yummy.

Run by a husband and wife team, Neko Neko ticks all the boxes for authentic and fairly priced Japanese food. You’ll want to check out the meal sets (teishoku) which come with vegan, fish and vegetarian-friendly options, while the okonomiyaki and ramen are also local favourites. Open for lunch and dinner, they also do delivery through Foodora.

10. Bimbo Deluxe

376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Iconic bar, cheap pizza

The iconic Bimbo Deluxe is typically pumping with DJs, drinks and a bustling rooftop bar. Squeeze in for $4 pizzas and an excellent array of drink specials every day of the week. Representing great value for money, Bimbo Deluxe is a favourite among students, travellers, and those just looking for a good time without the typical pretentions you might find at other bars around Melbourne.

So there you have it! Delicious, cheaps meals all around Melbourne that are sure to satisfy any type of taste. Which will you choose first?

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