Melbourne is just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but life in Australian cities is pretty expensive and it can be tough to find a balance between cheap and good food.
These are some food hacks that will make your life in Melbourne easier when starting a new life away from home and will have you saving valuable dollars each week.
1. Hare Krishna Temple – ISKCON Temple
197 Danks Street, Albert Park
Karma-free nutritious vegetarian meal – Cost: $0
The Hare Krishna temple located in Albert Park is a great place to enjoy a free food. For lunch you can feast on a vegetarian dish accompanied by fresh drinks and a tasty dessert. You can also find free karma fruits during certain hours in the week. This place is definitely worth a visit; many people go to the temple for the free food so don’t be scared to call in. It is a great opportunity to be open-minded and enjoy learning about the different cultures and traditions thriving in this cosmopolitan city!
Main Free Meals times: (the times can vary on festival days)
8:30 am Breakfast *Prasadam
1:00 pm Lunch *Prasadam
5:30 pm Dinner *Prasadam
*In Sikhism and Hinduism, Prasadam meaning “mercy”, is a religious offering of food, consumed after worship
How to get there: From Melbourne CBD Tram 1 (stop 31) / Tram 12 (stop 136). For more information about the temple and other free food times visit: https://www.harekrishnamelbourne.com.au/whats_on.html
2. The Salvation Army Melbourne Corps Project 614
69 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
Free meal and Free Coffee in 7/11 Coffee machine for students – Cost: $0
Located next to The Salvation Army; This project is run by a team of volunteers who are passionate about helping people in need. International students are welcome to queue for a free meal. There is a dish of the day and a dessert on offer, with a hot chocolate or a coffee included to complete your lunch. Not to be missed, lunch time finishes around 01:00 pm!
How to get there: Tram 86 / 96 (stop 9)
3. Intern Students in Melbourne
246 Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD
Free food bags for international students – Cost: $0
Intern students in Melbourne consists of a group of volunteers. They are a not-for-profit organisation that are willing to help all International Students who arrive in the city of Melbourne. They are there to provide Food, Clothes and Friendship. The food bags are provided fortnightly on Sundays at around 7:30pm. You will find a queue of international students on the corner of Spencer Street and Lonsdale Street. A van arrives here to provide the food bags to students.
Like this page: https://www.facebook.com/internstudentsinmelb/ to find out about their upcoming events. This is a great opportunity to accept a helping hand and make new friends. Be sure to take you student ID with you.
4. Lentils as anything
1/3 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
41 Blessington St, St Kilda
Vegan meals. Pay as you feel. Food without borders – Cost: You choose
You can find a number of ‘Lentils as anything’ eateries around the city of Melbourne. These restaurants have no set prices and most of the people who work there are volunteers. They provide a wholesome and nutritious vegan meals; allowing you to contribute as much, or as little as you feel your meal is worth. Everyone is welcome!
We highly recommend at least paying a visit to the one located in Abbotsford Convent. It is a peaceful place, only 4 kilometres away from Melbourne’s CBD.
How to get there: 1/3 St Heliers St, Abbotsford – bus 200 / 207 (Clarke St stop)
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:30 am / 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Or their restaurant in the picturesque St Kilda close to the city.
How to get there: 41 Blessington St, St Kilda – tram 96 (stop 138 Luna Park) / tram 3/3a & 67 ( Brighton Rd/Carlisle St stop)
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Level 1&2, 123 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD
Vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne – Cost: Students $5.95
This is a Hare Krishna vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the Melbourne’s CBD. It is an all-you-can-eat restaurant so you can fill up for no extra charge. The daily menu consists of two dishes along with a drink. Each day of the week there is a different menu to add a little variety!
Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 8.00pm
Now let’s move on to the drinks with this additional tip…
There is an App named Happiest Hour and it allows you to find promotions and happy hour specials in Melbourne and around your location. It is available for Android and iOS. Find cheaper prices and places to eat and drink in Melbourne!