Mama Bear, a food and coffee haven, is just around the corner from Flemington Racecourse. Take in the spectacular, modern vibe of the building and enjoy the service of the food-loving, trendy staff. Catering for all dietary preferences, this contemporary eatery has something for everyone.
Take a few minutes to stop by Crumbs Organic Bakehouse to stock up on healthy snack and lunch options. No matter your dietary requirements, options such as vegan pizza slices, gluten-free sandwiches and sweet, delicious jam or lemon curd-filled doughnuts are perfect to take into the races with you.
Local favourite Laksa King is widely-recognised as one of the best places in Melbourne to get a bowl of laksa, and has been for over 15 years. Of course, it’s not all about the laksa. Other Malaysian dishes like sticky pork belly and various Asian street foods can be found in abundance, and with most meals under $15, even if you haven’t had much luck on the ponies you’ll still be able to get your fill.
To keep that winning feeling going after your big day, it’s hard to go past the Doutta Galla Hotel or The Quiet Man Irish Pub for fun and frivolity. Both pubs, within a couple of blocks from each other on the bustling Racecourse Road, cater for the after-race crowd, and are sure to have live music and DJ’s playing until well into the night.
Before a long day at the races, why not tuck into a hearty brekkie by visiting 42 Cafe. Located at the heart of popular Puckle Street and conveniently located between Moonee Ponds Train Station and Moonee Valley Racecourse, this quintessential Melbourne café offers an extensive breakfast menu available all day. Choose from your classic big breakfast, eggs benedict and brioche French toast, or scan the smoothie and juice options for a lighter alternative.
Keep your energy levels up during a big day at the races and pick up a personalised gourmet hamper from Mothers’ Pantry. Design your own hamper with gourmet delicacies such as cheeses, olives, dips, pates and more, and be the envy of other racegoers as you enjoy your spread trackside.
Feeling peckish after all that action? Mount Alexander Road, just a short stroll away, is home to multicultural options like the always-popular, home-style Greek restaurant Philhellene, and Cariño Tapas Bar, open ‘til 11 six nights a week.
If you’ve had a good win, there are plenty of places around Moonee Ponds to celebrate. The Sporting Globe is one option; a sports-mad pub with plenty of live action everywhere you look. Another option is Strangeloves Wine Bar, where a higher level of sophistication – and an extensive wine list – can be expected.