Flaky, thin pastry; steamy spinach and melted feta; spanakopita takes on the north vs south challenge to see who wins fight for this Greek delight. Hold your hats everyone, it’s a spanakopit-off!
First published on 13 Oct 2011. Updated on 7 Jun 2012.
Northside: At $5 a pop, no one can bypass Melissa’s Cake Shop when it comes to spanakopita. With a shop in Thornbury (661 High St) and Collingwood (118 Smith St), Melissa’s Cake Shop has been widely regarded as the best spanakopita joint in Melbourne, either side of the Yarra. Meanwhile, at Hellenic Republic in East Brunswick (434 Lygon St) they serve up a spanakopita with a difference. Sample this coiled
pita complete with poached egg on top for a Greek brekkie experience with a modern twist.
Southside: If you ever see a shop sign that says Zaxaroplastio… stop. Meaning cake shop in Greek, in there you will find the best pastries, sweet and savoury. On Chapel Street, the Special Cake Shop is one, and they do southside proud with their spanakopites. A rich filling, with thick crunchy pastry makes this $5 treat a meal in itself. And they have spinach and egg scones. If it’s a mothering experience you want with your spanakopita, try The Sweet Greek at the Prahran Markets. Owner Kathy Tsaples will fulfill that role as she makes sure you are getting a nutritious and delicious treat. Chase it with some Ion chocolate for dessert, and other imported goods, for a full Greek experience.