You don’t need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Backpackers rejoice – here are our pick of 20 cheap eats, all under $10!

Shanghai Street

Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 146 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Why: Amazing fresh dumplings.

Price: $7.20 – $9.80

Delhi Streets

Cuisine: Indian

Address: 22 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Why: Great Indian street food.

Price: Street Chaat $7 – $8, wraps and burgers $9 – $9.50

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5 & Dime

Cuisine: Bagels

Address: 16 Katherine place, Melbourne

Why: Amazing bagels and spreads.

Price: $3.50 – $6

B3 Cafe

Cuisine: Sandwiches, soups and rice paper rolls

Address: Shop 1, 487 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Why: Fresh sandwiches, soup, rice paper rolls, coffee and desserts.

Price: Sandwiches $4.50 – $6.50, soup $3 – $6, rice paper rolls $2 each, cakes $1 – $3

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Crossways Food for Life

Cuisine: Hare Krishna

Address: Level 1 & 2, 123 Swanston St, Melbourne

Why: All you can eat! Different lunch and dinner each day.

Price: $7.50


Cuisine: Healthy modern salads

Address: Shop W2, Southern Cross Lane, Between Bourke, Little Collins & Exhibition

Why: Middle Eastern salad with falafel, mint, currants, cucumber, tomato, Spanish onion, and cos lettuce.

Price: $9

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Cuisine: Greek Street Food

Address: 389 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Why: Souvlaki with pita.

Price: $10

Paperboy Kitchen

Cuisine: Modern Vietnamese

Address: 320 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Why: Traditional roll with BBQ chicken, Asian Slaw, Carrot-Daikon Pickle, Sriracha-Mayo and Coriander.

Price: $9.50


Cuisine: European

Address: Levels 1 & 2, 239 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Why: Deli dogs. Franks served on a long brioche bun with different toppings. On Tuesdays enjoy hot hand rolled polish donuts. 3 for $5 or 1 for $2!

Price: $2 – $8

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Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 19-37 A’Beckett St, Melbourne

Why: Braised pork belly gua bao with pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts.

Price: $4.20

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American Doughnut Kitchen

Cuisine: Dessert

Address: Queen Victoria Markets

Why: Warm jam donuts.

Price: 90 cents each or 6 for $5

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Borek Shop

Cuisine: Turkish

Address: Queen Victoria Market

Why: Borek. Cheese and spinach. Lamb. Potato and vegetables.

Price: $3

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The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Cuisine: American

Address: 87 Bourke St, Melbourne

Why: Waffle Stack filled with Nutella parfait, freshly whipped cream, fresh strawberries and drizzled with Nutella Sauce OR try the peanut butter version!

Price: $10

Fancy Hank’s BBQ Joint

Cuisine: American

Address: 465 Queen St, Melbourne

Why: Beef and pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork and ‘beer can’ chooks all cooked using traditional pit smokers for up to 16 hours.

Price: $9 – $10


Cuisine: Thai burgers

Address: Shop 16, The Walk Arcade, 8 Causeway Lane, Melbourne

Why: Burgers of all kinds!

Price: $8 – $10

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Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

Cuisine: Donuts

Address: 12 Sutherland St, Melbourne

Why: Amazing and weird donuts.

Price: $5

Sushi Burger

Cuisine: Japanese burgers

Address: 167 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Why: Because sushi burgers are a thing.

Price: $6 – $8

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Cuisine: Malaysian

Address: 366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Why: Roti’s are yummy.

Price: $6 – $7.50

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Cuisine: Vietnamese

Address: 807 Bourke St, Docklands

Why: Spring rolls, rice paper rolls and Banh Mi.

Price: $7 – $9.50

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Grain Store

Cuisine: Modern Australian

Address: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Why: Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and milk.

Price: $10

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