Here’s a shortlist of some of the best stores in Melbourne if you’re wondering where to buy organic fruit, vegetables and meat. If you live anywhere in east (Hawthorn, Richmond, Abbotsford, Kew, Balwyn, Camberwell etc) you will probably have heard of some of these leading stores. If you have a favourite in your area, be sure to drop me a comment below so I can continue to improve this list of the best places to get organic produce.
This is a very welcome newcomer on the scene, and is a large organic specialist selling fresh fruit, vege, meats and much more direct to the public on Balwyn’s busy shopping strip. The owners buy fresh from the organic markets every day so the produce here is super fresh. Being close to a Woolworths, their prices are also very competitive – this is undoubtedly the most affordable place to shop for top quality organic produce in the area. When the prices are so reasonable, why wouldn’t you go organic?
We seem to find an excuse to drop in every other day, and inevitably end up leaving with bags of kale, beetroot, oranges, lemons, meats, milk, berries, nuts etc. In fact we find their prices so reasonable that we very rarely go to the big supermarkets anymore. I’m almost reluctant to include them in this list for fear that the secret will get out… but that can only be a good thing right?
What can you get at Apples & Sage Wholefoods?
The very large shop area is split with one half being dedicated to all the fresh fruit and vege (with an extensive range on offer), and the other half being where you can buy meat, packaged goods, earth-friendly and low-toxicity cleaning products (even composters for your garden), a range of different sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, and raw food treats. There is a small organic wine and beer section.
They also now offer Kombucha… on tap, in three different flavours.
So these are my top 6 paleo-ish restaurants in melbourne, aside from the obvious “Palate” in Prahran or “The Deck” in Brighton, which are fantastic options for having a very suitable paleo meal. However, here a mix of places that aren’t that paleo-looking from the outside but can easily result in nourishment and happiness (minus the regret and guilt).
And in no particular order….
1. Cru in Kew. Breakfast and lunch offer easily customisable options to satisfy all cavemen and cavewomen alike. Evening options are not quite as easily navigated, however I did have a fantastic chicken dish which was a roasted chicken breast on cauliflower “cous cous”.
My favourite thing about Cru is Jane’s Gluten Free bread! Although bread is not so paleo, this gluten-free bread is divine! Jane is an artisan baker in Hawthorn who supplies bread to a number of inner-eastern cafes. Her bread is made from predominantly rice flour, so it feels light and easily digested. It also contains a few sunflower and flaxseeds throughout the mix. The bread is also available for purchase at The Common Good Ethical Grocer, Hawthorn, Sprout Organic Grocer (both in Hawthorn) and Aunt Maggie’s in Malvern. I used to work with someone who was a friend of Jane’s. Her children are celiac and Jane started baking in her own kitchen to feed her children. Her bread is now very popular in Melbourne, and believe me, it lives up to the hype!
916 Glenferrie Road
(03) 9818 4366
2. Auctions Rooms in North Melbourne is a beautiful cafe/restaurant with a large menu. Evening meals have currently been put on hold, but as daylight savings sets in, perhaps they will reopen their doors. I had one of my all time favourite dishes here – tuna nicoise (minus the potatoes). I asked for a poached egg on the side to bulk up the dish. It was incredible!
103-107 Errol Street
(03) 9326 7749
3. Swan Street’s beautiful Greek restaurant Salona. This menu features a decent range of grilled meats, on the Skara. There are a variety of salads to choose from, and if you’re more primal than paleo and don’t mind a bit of dairy, a couple of share plates could be a good choice.
260A Swan Street
(03) 9429 1460
4. Little Chloe in Malvern is another favourite. This cafe also stocks Jane’s Gluten Free bread! Asian influenced dishes are available, but I can never go past the omelette (on Jane’s bread of course!). The current menu features a spinach, goats cheese and mushroom omelette. The winter version contained chorizo too. There are a good range of lunch dishes too.
1810 Malvern Road
(03) 9885 2194
5. Ora Cafe in Kew is a bit different and a bit interesting. The special board is my favourite – fresh ingredients, good prices and stuff I couldn’t make at home.
I have been impressed with the variety of dishes, particularly lunch dishes.
6. Top Paddock in Richmond is another must visit.
Delicious gluten-free bread that is light and airy with pumpkin seeds.
This was the gin and lime ocean trout with poached egg, potato* and goats cheese*
*not paleo but still delicious!
658 Church Street
(03) 9429 4332
Today I visited Aunt Maggie’s new store in Malvern. This is the third store in the chain, with the first being in Balaclava and the second in Fitzroy. Plenty of healthy and alternative groceries, accompanied by an organic juice bar!
I find these days I rarely visit Woolworths or Coles. Aside from regular online shopping, health food stores are my favourite places to visit! Plenty of alternative products for your face or your laundry. Stocking popular brands such as Loving Earth, Powersuperfoods and ecologic, Aunt Maggie’s provides your average health nut with a range of quality, organic and tasty products at reasonable prices.
If you are in Melbourne, this is a must-visit store.
72 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC 3144
Aunt Maggie’s Malvern Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
PS – how amazing is organic grass-fed ghee?! I have it EVERYDAY with my eggs in the morning. It has such an amazing sweet flavour. My other favourite is to steam some cut up eggplant and finish it off in the fry-pan with ghee.
PPS – I also love the Botanical Cuisine Basil & Kale pesto – totally delicious!