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Can't face the kitchen on Christmas? Try these venues that are staying open on Christmas Day

Glick's Cakes and Bagels

If Christmas isn't your jam retreat from the festivities and indulge in some sweets in the quiet of the city on a public holiday. Beforehand you might want to order some boiled bread to soak up Glick's exotic dips. Balaclava.

Time: 8am-8pm

Hobba Coffee and Kitchen

If there's no way you are getting through a family lunch without the help of a lot of caffeine you best make tracks to Hobba, who are doing coffee only service for Baby Jesus' birthday. Prahran.

Time: 7am-Noon (takeaway pastries and coffee only)

HuTong

Dumpling production stops for no man, even if he did allegedly rise from the dead later on in life. Melbourne.

Time: 5.30pm

Merchant Restaurant

Merchants Veneto Christmas is celebrated with a four-course menu including cicchetti. Indulge in a rich bigoli pasta or smooth Ferron risotto. A succulent roast of suckling pig is available, or local snapper with a sweet juicy vongole. If traditional Christmas pudding isn't your thing crack into a camomile crème brûlée or slide your spoon thorugh a silky vanilla panna cotta. But you better book quickly as places are strictly limited. Melbourne.

Bookings: Noon-1pm

Middle Park Hotel

Mix food with booze this Christmas and try the champagne risotto at Middle Park. Match the main with an equally exquisite confit duck leg with duck liver mousse, crepe parmentier and a meaty truffle-infused sauce. If it's lack of tradition itching at you, order Saskia Beer's free range turkey with chestnut stuffing and potatoes roasted in duck fat. A fresh but decadent dessert is the lemon posset made from Meyer lemons accompanied by new season raspberries and nutty, buttery sweet-salty biscuits. Secure your seats and book soon because believe us, they're in demand. Middle Park.

Bookings: Noon-1pm

Newmarket Hotel

Let Newmarket take the hard work out of Christmas for you. They have a three-course Christmas menu. Try Tasmanian scallops or crispy chicken wings with a warm crayfish salad. A seafood main is the wood-roasted wild barramundi. We've got our eye on the desserts – we're not sure what a chocolate pot is but do we really need to? You may just be able to snaffle up the last spots if you make it snappy and book. St Kilda.

Time: Noon-5pm

St Ali

Not only is this South Melbourne powerhouse open on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but they’re even adding some special festive goodies to their menu. Start your yuletide celebrations with a Knickerbocker Glory (English-style sundae involving a shot of coffee over three flavours of ice-cream, fruit purée, wafers, whipped cream and a cherry on top) – or up your game to their range of summer cocktails. South Melbourne.

Time: 7am-6pm

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