9 Reasons It’s West Melbourne’s Best Foodie Playground

If you haven’t yet indulged your taste buds with the fabulous food mecca that is Highpoint, trust us: there’s more to shopping than just shopping. While the center is known for its impressive selection of fashion brands and entertainment venues (the Highpoint team agrees – you’re never too old for TimeZone), the restaurants on offer are suing Highpoint retailers for cult status.

With over 450 stores spread over three levels, exploring Highpoint can be a foodie’s dream. There’s something for everyone, no matter where you end up. You do not know where to start ? We’ve had ‘chu – these are our top picks for the best restaurants to hit Melbourne’s ultimate foodie playground.

pepper lunch

pepper lunch is a staple of Melbourne’s lunch scene and it’s just arrived at Highpoint. It goes without saying that the key ingredient in all of their dishes has to be pepper, but there’s no need to get salty about it – there are plenty of killer flavor combinations you can always choose from. Go ahead and try it.

Cakes by Max

The legend that is Max Brenner has just opened his very first Max’s Cakes concept store. Located on Level 2 of the Atrium, here you can kick back and treat yourself to a smooth coffee and one of their Instagram-worthy cakes (or Easter treats!). Be careful, it will be difficult to stop at just one.

Seed

Prefer to buy in bulk? Stock up on quality whole foods from the crew of Seed. Their stunning Highpoint digs make grocery shopping a million times more enjoyable, with the store’s sustainable shopping practices only adding to the experience. Fill your own jars and containers with as many goodies as you want, then head to the counter to weigh your goodies so you’re only charged for what you need. Durable and practical? It’s a yes from us.

Gourmet charcuterie house

Local charcuterie retailer Gourmet charcuterie house moved to Melbourne’s west, and our taste buds are thrilled. We’re talking artisan gourmet pasta, house-pickled olives, and enough imported prosciutto to supply your picnic platter for at least the next 12 months. And to think we haven’t even covered the cheese yet – whether it’s creamy, smoky, salty or nutty, you name it, they stock it. Just thinking about it makes our stomachs growl…

Cookie Dough Co.

As if you saw the words Cookie Dough Co. and need extra encouragement. This pop-up New York-style dessert shop has taken Melbourne by storm, making delicious, loaded cookies in just about every flavor under the sun, and more. Think Caramilk White Chocolate, Lotus Biscoff, Bueno Surprise, and over 20 other drool-worthy concoctions. Trust us, one bite and you’ll be hooked.

sushi train

Sushi lovers rejoice as tucked away on Level 2 of the Atrium Food Court is the fun and aesthetics sushi train. Savor endless fresh sushi, nigiri hand rolls, uramaki and even spicy popcorn shrimp sliders. A delicious certified moment for all.

Ajisen Ramen

Any Melburnian, who shares our obsession with all things Japanese (especially cooking), is no doubt already a regular at Ajisen Ramen. Located on Level 1, the restaurant offers hungry Highpoint shoppers authentic entrees, donburi and bento boxes that will make your mouth water. We recommend the ebi gyoza paired with a serving of sesame oil for a kick of flavor.

Master Lanzhou

Want slow food, served quickly? Look no further than Master Lanzhou, our benchmark for authentic Chinese that doesn’t break the bank. Their homemade noodles and delicious beef broth are inspired by northwest China, infusing flavors typical of the Lanzhou region. Our first choice? Treat yourself to their braised beef noodle soup and be sure to thank us later.

Godiva

What’s known as the world’s most indulgent gourmet chocolate shop is coming to Highpoint, and we’re excited! With 96 years of experience in the artisanal chocolate game, Godiva has well and truly mastered its craft, gaining a loyal following of chocolate junkies obsessed with the brand’s creamy textures and rich flavors. Keep an eye out for their upcoming official opening!

Can’t get enough of Highpoint’s incredible restaurants? We don’t blame you. Check out their full range of drool-worthy dishes by visiting their to place, or better yet, bite the bullet and examine it in person. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Harold B. McConnell