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If you’re hungry as a horse, pre- or post-Cup, Time Out presents the best places to refuel on the tram ride to Flemington

Little Byrd

Ascot Vale

Sate any pre-race hankerings with this middle-eastern influenced spread. Feast on fava beans over eggs, goats cheese and avocado, throw in some za’atar, and your stomach will thank you come 4pm.

The Gather

Ascot Vale

Drop in enroute to the track to gorge on The Gather’s deli style breakfast treats, and quench that early morning champagne thirst. They also make a mean coffee you’d be mad to miss.


Ascot Vale

Phillip & Amelia Bruno take their dough seriously, and with 30 years in the game, their age-old recipes afford their woodfired pizzas a distinctly Sicilian flavour. Bookings strongly advised for this Cup favourite.

Arcadia Gastronomique

Ascot Vale

The ambience of Arcadia combines the relaxed air of a speakeasy, with the charming warmth of a European saloon. Get in early for the mouth-watering Spanish-French menu that packs a punch.

Seddon Deadly Sins


If bubbles aren’t your poison, kickstart the day with a Seddon Deadly Bloody Mary at this popular west-side haunt. Accompany with the pork belly poached eggs and you’re already on a winner.

Café Lalibela


The Ethiopian jewel in Footscray’s multicultural crown, Lalibela is home to truly delicious safari cuisine. The wonderfully fragrant dishes are traditionally shared and eaten sans-cutlery, rip and scoop style. Ethiopian beer to boot.

Happy River Café


Mosy on down with your track-going gaggle, nab a rug on the front lawn, and tuck into a scrumptious brekky on the banks of the Maribyrnong. The picture perfect setting for a mid-morning tipple.



Immediately opposite Kensington station, and a mere hop-skip combo from Flemington, this unassuming gem serves a champagne breakfast that is fast becoming a raceday favourite. Bookings essential.

La Cannella


It’s a largely Victorian affair at this comely Kensington restaurant. Aside from delivering top nosh, this family favourite uses only local cheeses, olives, and coffee, and features an all Victorian wine and beer list.

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Updated on 20 Nov 2012.

By Paige Mackenzie   |  
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