Located in Melbourne’s west, bayside neighborhood Altona has picturesque beaches, local cafés and weekly markets. There are a number of delicious and affordable food options for visitors too; we’ve rounded up the 10 of the best.
Between 2 Buns
Between 2 Buns is Altona’s option offering a range of burgers, heavenly milkshakes, sundaes and, of course, cheesy fries with bacon and chili optional upgrades. Between 2 Buns has outside seating, serves quality cold beer and is reasonably priced.
Sacca’s Fine Foods is a gourmet grocer located in the basement of Altona Gate Shopping Centre. They specialize in fresh produce, premium chocolate, deli meats and dairy. Their produce is particularly impressive due to its freshness and the variety on offer. They also offer a range of spices, olive oils, canned goods and pasta.
A well-kept secret by locals, Altona Fresh, or 2nd Ave as it is often referred to, is a fine food grocer like no other. This family run business has a prime delicatessen, a very impressive cheese selection, a range of premium olive oils and vinegars, organic fruits and veg, homemade baked goods and takeaway coffee to order.
Bezirk is a café located away off the main drag. The focus is on really good coffee and breakfast treats. They serve Campos Coffee and offer a range of espresso-based options as well as cold drip iced coffees and takeaway beans. The dining options are breakfast based plates or small sweets, and all of their food is tasty and affordable.
Located in Harrington Square behind tile mosaics and away from the main part of town, Siam Secret Thai Restaurant offers a range of Thai dishes to satisfy all tastes. They offer delivery, takeaway, and eat-in options where diners can opt to BYOB, or order from their full bar. They have vegetarian options too.
From street view, Pier Street Charcoal Chicken can be easily mistaken for a fast food locale, but hidden behind its neon signs is some excellent chicken. Dining options include whole rotisserie chicken cooked over charcoal with chips and the chicken roll is also a winner.
A popular stopping spot for locals, Stella Pizza Café is at the heart of Pier Street. The pizza is the item of choice here and they offer traditional and gourmet wood fired options for diners. The portions are generous and this makes Stella a great choice for groups or family dinners.
From wood-fired pizzas, pasta and house made meatballs, Pier 71 is Altona’s Italian restaurant. They have daily specials, a large back courtyard and a decent drinks list. Their food is consistently good and prices are reasonable.
Sunset Thai offers a range of dishes for a reasonable price. The dining room is comfortable and the staff are attentive. Food is hot and made to order and all dishes arrive at a reasonable time. The prices are great for what you get and the food can satisfy any Thai craving.
Altona Beach Market is held every Tuesday along Pier St. and in Logan Reserve. This market features arts, crafts and local food. Stalls sell free-range eggs, local honey and organic fresh produce. The vendors are friendly and always happy to chat as they keep up with Altona’s relaxed and easygoing pace.