Rustica, South Yarra

As of 11.59pm Friday 17th September, fully vaccinated people (five adults plus kids) from up to two households are allowed outdoor social interaction. One dose or non-vaccinated people can meet up with one other person outdoors.

That means picnics! Chapel Street Precinct’s cafes have put together the tastiest ready-to-eat food hampers, so you don’t have to. Grab a hamper from one of Chapel’s best eateries, head to one of Chapel Street Precinct’s lush parks or green spaces and roll out that picnic rug you’ve been meaning to use all these years.

Here’s a list of the best food hampers for a picnic in Chapel Street Precinct.

Celebrate in style with Abacus’ deluxe seafood platters. Click here to pre-order your platter for the perfect weekend experience. Platters comes with rock oysters, king prawns, lobster, crab and potato croquettes, octopus salad, smoked salmon and house made taramasalata. Available for pick-up or delivery between 12pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Alison’s Bakery has all the action for the perfect picnic basket. Create your impressive spread with items like traditional English pork pies, scotch eggs, 5 & Dime bagels and her infamous roast pork belly and crackling baguette. Plus, grab goodies like olive baguettes, French pastries, pickles, parfait and terrine. Best to pre-order so you don’t miss out, call 9521 2020. Pick up from 180 Commercial Rd, Prahran (enter via Izett St).
This warmer weather is getting us oh so ready for a cheese platter! Maker & Monger have a beautiful Victorian Farmhouse Cheese Platter available for takeaway, featuring an exclusive Attica accompaniment. You can also head to their online shop to peruse your favourite cheeses and create your own picnic perfect cheese platter. Order here.
LaManna & Sons have three grazing boxes are available for $49.95, $79.95 and $124.95, depending on the size of your crew. They’re made at their deli with the freshest ingredients and products. Email info@lamannaandsons.com.au to place your order. Get in quick!

Grab a Deli Picnic for Two from Windsor Deli! Slide into their DM’s with your name and number to join the wait list for a hamper as soon as they’re released. Text order service on 0434 715 814. Located at 33 Hornby St, Windsor.

180° Turkish Street Food (South Yarra)

180 Degrees Turkish Street Food have introduced these yummy Turkish Inspired Grazing Boxes for the perfect picnic in the sunshine. All pastries and dips in the box are homemade, plus vegan and vegetarian options are available.

The Home Comfort Deli Pack from The Food House at Prahran Market is the perfect picnic spread. They also offer custom make boxes to suit all tastes and budgets. Order online through Food Lovers Direct or call 03 9827 1773 to arrange pick-up (within 5km) or delivery.

Grab one of Snow White Bakery’s delicious High Teas for a picnic version of the British fare. You can pick up your baked goodies from their cafe in South Yarra or get them delivered to your door. These hampers are available any day of the week, 24 hours notice required. Order online or phone 0402 546 429. Enjoy free delivery within 5km of their shop.

Bubbles and a yum cha picnic’s with Oriental Teahouse. They’ve just launched super-localised Picnic Packs for South Yarra. They have packs for two, four or six people as well as a vegan pack for two. Pick it up fresh from Chapel Street, South Yarra and take them down to the local park. Pre-order online via this link or phone their Chapel Street restaurant on (03) 9826 0168.

Channeling more of a Sunday afternoon BBQ in the park? Grab one of Rustica’s Lockdown BBQ Pack’s. It’s AFL Footy Finals time after all. You can also choose from one of their Grazing Charcuterie Boxes for two or four people (wine included). Order here, delivery also available.

Head to an outdoor space or park and get your Pretzel on (no, we don’t mean yoga) in the sunshine. These may just be the fluffiest, freshest, oh so bestest Pretzel’s you’ve ever eaten. Get them in your mouth. Like, now. Order to your door via UberEats and Deliveroo or pick-up from their South Yarra store.

Kaneffi are serving up the cutest and tastiest dessert boxes to add to your picnic spread. You’ll get assorted baklava accompanied by their Kaneffi Ashta dessert cups. DM Kaneffi on Instagram to enquire or make an order. These cute boxes are also available for delivery.
Picnic Pizza for five anyone? Not exactly a hamper, but let’s face it, pizza is pretty perfect picnic takeaway food. Especially when it’s from Ladro TAP with a couple of cans of Spritz to top it all off. Bring out the sun Melbourne…pretty please. Order from their website or call 9510 2233.

Sakana Japanese have a variety of delicious assorted sushi packs available from just $9. All menu items are made with the freshest ingredients and products. Call 9529 1889 or visit Sakana at Pran Central to place your order. Sakana have just altered their opening hours to open on Saturdays, weekend picnic sorted.

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