If you’re after something new to do this weekend, head to Melbourne’s south where you can enjoy delicious cafes, peaceful walks and high-adrenaline fun.
For the perfect baguette, make your way to Peddler Tuckshop [15/21A Douglas Street, Noble Park]. This trendy eatery serves up Vietnamese delights from baguettes to rice paper rolls and specialised pastries. If you happen to visit for brekkie, pick up a bacon and egg baguette and coffee for under $10. Or, pass through later for lunch and order yourself one of its lunch box deals. You’ll receive a mini bahn mi, a rice paper roll, a cream custard peddler and a coffee all for $12.
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Unsure of what you feel like eating? Try the Dandenong Pavilion [53–61 Princess Highway, Dandenong] where you could pick anything and leave satisfied. The menu is extensive with tasty options like Thai green curry, the beef burger or the open souvlaki to choose from. Finish with dessert and treat yourself to chocolate pudding or creme brulee. A popular choice amongst locals, the Dandenong Pavilion has become an integral part of the community. It’s a thriving hub for good food, good people and good times.
Take a leisurely 3.15km stroll along the Dandenong Creek and through the Wetlands [1601 Heatherton Road, Dandenong North]. Enjoy wandering through the leafy green track and see if you can spot some native wildlife. Depending on your pace, this walk will take up roughly 50 minutes. It’s also a great place to run for those who prefer a faster pace. To make a day of it, finish off at Myuna Farm [182 Kidds Road, Doveton] and reward your efforts with a bite to eat from the cafe. Once you’re feeling replenished, explore all that the farm has on offer, animals and tractor rides included.
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In the heart of Dandenong, you’ll find the Dandenong Market [Clow Street and Cleeland Street, Dandenong]. With more than 200 vendors you’re sure to find something to your liking — whether it’s a unique piece of jewellery, a bunch of fragrant flowers, fresh veggies or a bag of the oh-so-popular Dandee Donuts. All market stalls are indoors so you can enjoy wandering the halls no matter the weather. The market is open on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For an epic freak shake or loaded Nutella hot chocolate, head to Green Tea Cafe [81–125 Princess Highway, Dandenong South] to satisfy your sugary cravings. You’ll also find enticing daily specials from a range of cuisines — the Mexican burrito bowl for instance. With classics like the big brekkie and the steak sanga also on the menu, you can’t go wrong.
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Channel your inner race car driver at Le Mans Go Karts [55 Waterview Close, Dandenong South]. Put your foot to the floor on Victoria’s fastest go-kart track and try your hand at the drift kart experience — talk about Fast and the Furious. While you’re there check out the free-roaming Virtual Reality and multi-level laser tag arena. Le Mans Go Karts has different tracks on offer to suit all types of racers. Rookie Racing for the young guns, drift track for the daredevils and Le Mans Endurance for those who are in it for the long haul.
If cool decor and an Instagram-worthy backdrop is more your style, walk your way to Walker's Kitchen [ Walker Street, Dandenong]. The pastel green walls and ceiling plants make for the perfect location to sit back and enjoy a coffee. If you’re feeling peckish, order the chicken schnitzel burger with chipotle slaw. It comes with a side of fries and is sure to fill hungry bellies. Unlike other cafes, Walker's Kitchen is open Monday to Friday only. So for your week-day coffee and brunch, you know where to go.
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