Finding healthy lunch options in Melbourne CBD can be tricky when you’re pressed for time, so we at team OMG have taken the hard work out of it for you and scouted the city to find the best healthy lunch spots to get you on track for the New Year…
It’s hard to miss this shop amidst the hustle and bustle of Flinders Lane. With stylish and sleek décor, it’s the menu however, that’s even more appealing to the eye. With a wide selection of cold pressed juices, unique smoothies and hearty lunches, this spot has quickly become a lunchtime gem.
OMG hot pick: Beetroot 3 ways with Meredith Dairy goats cheese, avocado & pomegranate vinaigrette. The apple & cinnamon smoothie made with green apple, cinnamon banana, medjool dates, coconut milk and almond butter is also a must try!
Shop 2, 242 Flinders Lane – www.lanewaygreens.com.au
The Grain Store
The Grain Store is no longer a secret in the CBD and is often found packed full for both breakfast and lunch. With a warm and lively atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to escape for an always healthy, innovative and satisfying lunch.
OMG hot pick: House smoked salmon on cos hearts with avocado, drizzled with saffron yoghurt and a side of grilled broccoli with macadamia, anchovy dressing.
517, Flinders Lane – www.grainstore.com.au
Almost directly across from The Grain Store sits Hunter’s Roots; a quaint little spot dedicated to healthy, organic and seasonal food. It’s welcoming vibe will entice you to stay or you can grab a bite to go from their ready made healthy sandwiches, salads and raw treats.
OMG Hot Pick : Green day smoothie (kale, cos, pineapple, banana, coconut water, coconut yoghurt, raw fermented protein) and smashed avocado on gluten free or spelt toast with mustard seeds, radish, lime.
26, Katherine Place – www.huntersroots.com
Don’t let the size of this place fool you, it has nutritious and super food options packed to the brim! And the patio offers the perfect place to enjoy your lunch whilst catching some rays.
OMG Hot Pick: It’s hard to pick a favourite from the Green Press menu, but the folks here have to be commended for their exquisite soups, which are made with a whole lotta TLC. Their “crispy clean” donuts are hard to resist for dessert!
Shop 7, 525 Little Collins Street –www.greenpress.co
The Organic Food & Wine Deli (TOFWD)
Located on one of Melbourne’s most iconic streets, The Organic Food and Wine Deli dishes up hearty yet super healthy options for any dietary restriction. It’s comfort food done clean! With gluten free and vegan pies, this place is a special find!
OMG Hot Pick: Vegetable curry & lentil dahl on brown rice (vegan and gluten free).
28 Degraves Street – www.tofwd.com.au
Light fresh, healthy Mexican food – fresh and simple ingredients, authentic Mexican flavours. The rate at which they’re growing across Melbourne (Richmond, Windsor and now Hawthorn) speaks volumes about. Relaxed casual meal or take away.
OMG Hot pick:It’s hard to go past the deconstructed Mex-Bim-Bap deconstructed salad bowl – corn, shaved zucchini, sweet potato, minted peas, baby spinach, guacamole, quinoa, black beans, pickled onion and shaved cabbage with your choice of chicken, beef, pulled pork, fish or black bean felafel.
31 Flinders Lane www.fondamexican.com.au
This unassuming spot just off Collins St. has an innovative way of serving up nutrient packed smoothies. Pick out your smoothie “Cupp” full of fresh produce, and see it blended up before you. With plenty of salads and wraps to choose from, you’ll be sure to leave with your vitamin fix for the day.
OMG Hot Pick: ‘Cleanse Me’ Cupp (coconut water, apple, lemon, spinach, flaxmeal, dates, mint, ginger) and their Roasted Pumpikn and Quinoa Salad- a mix of roasted pumpkin, quinoa, brown rice, red lentils, orange, pistachio, red onion, rocket mint, cumin and coriander.
220 Collins Street – www.cupp.com.au
With a name inspired by helping its’ customers achieve their five fruit and veg servings a day, it’s no wonder this über cute spot is a smoothie lovers dream.
OMG Hot Pick: Strawberry Shortcake (cashew, strawberry, banana, dates, almond milk, ice)
265 Little Lonsdale Street – www.fiveplussmoothie.com.au
A cafe dedicated entirely to decadent, whole food sweet treats? Yes please! If you’re on the hunt for some post lunch indulgence Raw this is the place you need to visit. Everything on the the menu is raw, organic and refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free, with paleo options too. There’s a daily rotating selection of raw slices, chocolates, cakes and tarts, and breakfast and healthy drink options too.
OMG Hot Pick: You really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose at Raw Trader, but we love the raw cherry ripe slice, and raw Tim Tam… need we say more?!
10 Sutherland Street – www.rawtrader.com.au
Spring St Grocer
Spring St. Grocer has a European feel which makes you instantly appreciate the value of quality produce. Their wide selection of cold pressed juices and smoothies are a great way to reboot midday, and the best part about these smoothies and juices? No plastic cups. They all come in lovely, recyclable glass bottles, which are just the right size to come in handy at home.
OMG hot pick: Berry smoothie: raspberry, blueberries, strawberries, banana, spinach, ice, and house made almond milk.
157 Spring Street – www.springstreetgrocer.com.au