Missing Home: 9 Food Places for Internationals in Melbourne  

Originally written for The Weekly Review

Moving or travelling to a new city is one of the most exciting and nerve-racking things you can do, especially if that city is Melbourne.

It’s easy to settle in with the easy-going culture and endless bars, shops, cafes and events happening. From the cosmopolitan Southbank to the hipster Brunswick to the beachy suburbs of the South East there is an area that everyone can feel at home in.

However, no matter how distracted you are with espresso martinis and smashed avo, sometimes all you are craving is your favourite meal from home.  


Here is a compiled list of awesome world grocers, bakeries and restaurants in Melbourne you can visit if you’re missing home or want to dabble in something different.


United Kingdom


Treats from Home


You can get pretty much anything you want from this store. The range of chocolate, sweets and crisps is the same as any sweet shop in the UK, except with higher prices. Not only can you get sweeties, you can also get biscuits, cereal, tea bags, spreads and even washing detergent.


  • Monday – Friday 10am- 6pm
    Saturday 11am- 5pm
    Sunday 12pm- 5pm
  • Level 1, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000






Hofbrauhaus brings the Bavarian culture to Melbourne’s CBD. Located just by China town this authentic eatery offers German home cooking and plenty of Bier choices for those who may be missing it.



  • Sunday- Thursday 12pm- 12am

Friday- Saturday 12pm- 1am

  • 18-28 Market Lane ,Melbourne VIC 3000


Russia & Ukraine


Dlish Delights


Located in the eastern suburbs, this store stocks premium European foods with a great selection of Russian and Ukrainian goodies.  


  • Mon – Wed:  9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Thu:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Fri:  9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
    Sat:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Sun:  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 465 Centre Rd Bentleigh 3204 Melbourne Australia


USA & Canada  


USA Foods


This is a huge ‘All American Grocery Store’, where you could find everything from Pop Tarts to Twizzlers to Eggos. Located out in Moorabbin you can get your all your favourite American supplies right down to gum or party supplies. You can also pick some Canadian groceries while you’re there.

  • Monday – Friday 10am- 5pm
    Saturday 10am- 4pm
    Sunday 11am- 3pm
  • 67/73 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189,


The Kodiak Club


As Melbourne’s only Bourban bar, this bar/restaurant offers the North American atmosphere to the streets of Fitzroy. For Canadians you can get poutine, a range of whiskey or wash your food down with a proper Caesar cocktail.


  • Sun – Mon   6pm – Late

Wed – Thu   5pm – Late

Fri – Sat 5pm – 3am

  • 72 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065


South America, Spain & Portugal  


Casa Iberica Deli


Jose and Alice de Sousa opened this deli in 1975 after migrating from Madiera, Casa Iberica. It has an extensive range of ingredients and produce imported from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru.


  • Mon-Thursday 7:30am to 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm

Saturday 7:30am to 2:00pm

  • 25 Johnston St, Fitzroy 3065


  • Tues-Sat 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • 154-156 Fulham Rd, Alphington 3078


South Africa


The South African Shop


Monica & Bino Da Silva wanted to bring ‘little bit of South Africa to Australia’ while offering food products at affordable prices. The store is perfect for anyone South African looking for Grapetizer or Biltong. With 2 stores in Victoria and a kitchen you can get that feeling you miss back by eating your favourite foods and meeting fellow South Africans.   


  • Monday- Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday 9:30am- 4pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

  • 461 Hawthorn Road

Caulfield South, Victoria 3162


  • Monday- Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday 9:30am- 4pm

  • Shop 7 & 8 Upper Level Templestowe Village Shopping Centre,

112 James Street, Templestowe, Victoria 3106


Middle East


A1 Bakery  


This bakery offers fresh Lebanese and Turkish goods. The homemade kibbi, meze dips and the baklava are all favorites.  A1 is also a grocer so you can pick up your regular ingredients to do Middle Eastern cooking at home.


  • Mon to Wed & Sun 7 am – 7 pm

Thur to Sat 7 am – 9 pm

  • 643-645 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

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