Thinking about improving your healthy eating game? Well, if you’re anywhere near Albert Park, then you’re in luck. This elegant bayside suburb is full of hidden health gems that make you feel simultaneously responsible, and indulgent. From cafes to farmers’ markets to organic food box deliveries, the foodie options are truly abundant. Read on for our favourite spots to get your healthy food fix.
315 Montague St., Albert Park
Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm, Sat & Sun, 8am-3:30pm
With all of the lush dining options in the area, going out for food is often one of those guilty pleasure pastimes we choose when looking for things to do in Albert Park. Cafes like Urban Projuice are taking the guilt out of pleasurable food with their Wholefood approach. The focus is on using fresh and organic products whenever possible in order to look after their customers’ health and wellbeing, and on locally grown, seasonal, fair-trade and eco friendly products in order to look after the planet. They also reward customers who bring in their own take away cups with a 20 cent discount. If you enjoy making healthy eating choices that are beneficial to the environment during times of climate crisis, while still enjoying indulgent cafe culture, Urban Projuice should be your regular cafe.
The menu starts with myriad options of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, milkshakes, kombuchas, coconut water, and kefirs. Our favourite option is the anti-inflammatory, immune booster shot called “the cure” with lemon, ginger, turmeric, carrot, apple, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper. Yum! As for barista beverages, you can choose from the normal array of coffees, iced coffees and cold drips with Bonsoy, Almond, or Coconut milk, or select one of their organic herbal tea blends crafted by ‘The Fitzroy Naturopath’. You can also enjoy a fructose-free, loose-leaf chai, a vanilla matcha latte, or a golden turmeric latte.
When it comes to food, you can choose from sweet items like gluten-free, buckwheat pancakes with coconut ice cream and wild berry compote, or go savoury with the ‘nourished buddha’, a vibrant plate of sweet potato, quinoa, kale and broccolini topped with roasted tamari seeds, sauerkraut, and a house-made macadamia mint dressing. Other menu items feature raw, sprouted bread, vegan cheese, and non-dairy toppings made from Coyo. They’ve got burritos, spring-rolls, and tempeh burgers for lunch, plus a cabinet of delicious baked goods made each morning. If you’ve got any allergies or food sensitivities, just let your server know! For the full menu, head over here.
Gum Tree Good Food
87 Dundas Pl., Albert Park
Eating out is a pleasure, but it’s also definitely a luxury. If you’re looking for things to do and wondering how to eat healthfully in Albert Park, sometimes it’s best to take matters into your own hands. Cooking your own food is one of the best ways to guarantee that you’re getting wholesome ingredients without any sneaky vegetable oils or strange flavourings, and you can choose organic, in season fruits and vegetables. If you’re not sure where the best place to go for healthy food in Albert Park, let us recommend Gum Tree Good Food with full confidence. Head down Dundas Place, just off the popular Bridport Street, and look for the adorable Gum Tree sign with the classic Eucalypt image, beckoning from the shop front.
Inside you will find colourful displays of organic fruit and vegetables thoughtfully arranged on rustic wooden benches. Gum Tree also has an enormous selection of specialty products beyond premium produce, including unique cheeses and boutique wines, sugar and dairy free ice creams and yoghurts, grass-fed beef and organic poultry, healthy snacks, organic grains and baking supplies, and even eco friendly toiletries and household items. Check out their Facebook or instagram for updates on their regular special offers and promotions.
Greenfields Albert Park
Corner of Lakeside Drive and Queens Road, Albert Park
This picturesque lakeside eatery is so much more than a healthy choice for dining. Come here for a meal and you’ll likely go away with all of your senses nourished and rejuvenated. The dreamy, open plan architecture, natural pallet design, surrounding greenery, and waterfront location will immediately wash away the chaos of the urban jungle and put your mind at ease. Greenfields is available for venue hire for weddings, corporate events, and wellbeing workshops and aims to create a community environment by partnering with Melbourne businesses who emphasize health, joy, and balanced lifestyles.
The Greenfields eatery is open Friday through Sunday starting at 8am and has a menu focused on organic, local, raw, and fermented dishes. The choices accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets as well as catering for specific food allergies. Beverages and meals feature other Melbourne businesses such as St. ALi coffee, Matcha Maiden, Pana Chocolate, Greene Street Juice, and several others. You may find it hard choosing between dishes like whole roasted Barramundi with activated almonds, puffed wild rice and baby kale, or zucchini noodles with french beans, sprouts, and a fried egg. A crowd favourite is definitely the ‘Nourished Bowl’, aptly named for its generous portions of cauliflower and broccoli rice, warrigal greens, brussel sprouts, snow pea tendrils and toasted flax seeds. You can also opt for the sweet options like the ‘interstellar smoothie bowl’ filled with berries, spirulina and bee pollen, or a decadent black rice pudding topped with lemon scented cottage cheese. Don’t even get us started on the lavish cocktail menu or cabinet full of consciously crafted sweets. Check out their website for the photo gallery and events pages and make it the next thing you do in Albert Park.
Gasworks Farmers’ Market
Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
21 Graham St, Albert Park VIC 3206
What better way to incorporate healthy eating into your life than handpicking food straight from the grower at the farmers’ market. Just imagine smiling faces and stalls overflowing with vibrant vegetables, fresh baked sourdough, and as many free samples as you can enjoy. This plastic-bag free and environmentally sustainable market should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Albert Park that have anything to do with health and food. In fact, we included the Gasworks Farmers’ Market in a post on our favourite Autumn activities in the area, but it can be enjoyed year round, every 3rd Saturday of the month. For more info, check out our blog post here!
Online retailer at greenlineorganic.com.au
Delivery to Albert Park Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.
Trying to fit healthy food into a busy life and can’t really squeeze in relaxed mornings at the cafe or weekend trips to the farmers’ market? Never fear. Greenline Organic is a family owned business that delivers organic groceries to your doorstep. Their goal is to make it easier for Victorian residents to shop for organic, and environmentally friendly food and household supplies without fighting traffic or stressing out about a jam-packed schedule. How does it work? You can make your order through their website or give them a call at (03) 9460 3999 during business hours. Deliveries can be scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 9am and 6:30 pm. The best part is, you don’t even have to be home to receive your order as they are happy to drop it at the door or tuck it away somewhere safe if no one is around. If you don’t have specific items you need each week and you’re happy to receive a mix of in-season produce, you can opt in for their ‘seasonal box’ option with two-thirds veg and one-third fruit, all of which is organic or biodynamic. This is a great way to sample vegetables you may not have tried before! Head over to their website and try it out this week!
Make sure you bookmark this page for the next time you’re wondering how to up your healthy food game in Albert Park.