First published on 2 Sep 2013. Updated on 19 Feb 2014.
All the Vue cafés do lunchboxes (just like school, only fancy) but the one at Heide Gallery best where we can gawk at the sculptures while eating the salads, pies and thermos of tea made with herbs from the garden. Bulleen, $60 for 2.
Fitzrovia packs a mean picnic. They even stick in a blanket and have your wine waiting, chilled, at the Prince Wine Store. In your basket you’ll find lobster club sandwiches, cheese and tarts, as well as cutlery, crockery, and possibly the kitchen sink. St Kilda, $75 pp.
Spanish-style rolls and Portuguese custard tarts await you in Gas Eatery’s tapas-inspired picnic boxes. They’re $40 per box including cutlery, plates, and glasses. South Melbourne.
The cheese barons at Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder can sort you out with chicken Waldorf salad sandwiches, meats and a couple of their epic cheeses. They can fix you up for booze too. Richmond, $55-$99.
Bird and Plane are dedicated picnic artists, building mobile feasts with hand-made fudge, Cheeky Rascal cider and pâtés. Order online. Easy done. Online.