The Food & Wine of Port Phillip Bay
From farmers markets to luxe wineries, here’s a taste of what Phillip Bay has to offer
Port Phillip Bay is a must-do destination for foodies in Australia. From the cosmopolitan restaurants of Melbourne to the stunning wineries of the Mornington Peninsula, the southerly state has it all. While a paradise of options, it can be tricky to choose from all of the delicacies the bay has to offer so we’ve narrowed a few top picks down to help you decide where to dine on your trip to Port Phillip Bay.
Thanks to its rich immigrant history, Melbourne is Australia’s mecca for unique dishes and restaurants. For some fresh produce check out the historic Queen Victoria Markets, while traveling to Footscray will see you trying some authentic Ethiopian cuisine. With hidden bars like Gin Palace and Eau de Vie and restaurants full of legacy chefs like Chin Chin and Vue de Monde, you won’t be able to fit it all in. For more tips on what else to do in Melbourne, see our guide here.
Wining and Dining
Nestled just an hour’s drive from the CBD, the Mornington Peninsula has a cornucopia of wineries ready for you to visit. These world famous vineyards are in the perfect position thanks to the peninsula’s cool climate. There are over 200 vineyards and 60 wineries located here so while we can’t name them all, here are a few stand outs.
If you’re looking for a luxurious couple’s getaway Jackalope is an amazing choice. With an infinity pool, beautiful restaurant and being located in the lush Willow Creek Vineyard, this winery is a highlight of the bay.
For a classic experience, Main Ridge Estate is off the beaten track and makes some of the best wines in the area. The peninsula’s first licensed winery, the vineyard is set on a humble 2 acres and makes for an intimate winery experience. Take in the bush views from the deck or sit by the fire in winter.
Finally, the Cups Estate is another quintessential Mornington Peninsula winery. Situated on 30 acres of beautiful land, the team at Cups Estate have won a number awards thanks to their stunning restaurant and experience packages for events. For some more ideas on what to enjoy on a day trip to the Peninsula, read our post here.
If a winery isn’t your jam then Port Phillip Bay is packed with cafes serving up hot Melbourne-style coffee and brunch. For an Instagram moment, head to Brighton Soul. Located on Church street in up-market Brighton, they have a range of vegan and vegetarian options including acai bowls and avo smash.
We couldn’t have a list of cafes without including the classic Sandbar Beach Cafe. Overlooking the picturesque views of Middle Park, this cafe has been dubbed “Melbourne’s Most Beachside Cafe” and is open for breakfast and lunch every day. Try their famous seafood paella or the vegan spread for brunch.
Being located on the coast, a great summer’s day is to pack your own lunch and head to the sand for some snacks and saltwater. Visit the South Melbourne Markets to pick up some local produce from the butchers and bakery before grabbing a takeaway coffee from the well-known Market Lane. If you fancy some old school fish and chips by the ocean, your best picks are D’lish Fish in Port Melbourne or Paper Fish in the famous suburb of St Kilda.