Just because you are financially challenged doesn’t mean you have to miss out on  experiencing Melbourne’s excellent culinary experiences!

Green Refectory

115 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Perfect for brunch, this Brunswick institution offers heaps of options for $10 and under! The meals are tasty and hearty, the vibes are tasteful and full of heart. Cabinets full of sweet treats provide a sensory overload; feast your eyes and belly on the generous serves. Super discount hunters be sure to check out the ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ selection of yesterday’s heavily discounted baked goods.

The Borek Shop

The Deli Section, the Queen Victoria Market / The Food Court, South Melbourne Market

We don’t actually know if this place has a name, but it certainly has a reputation. For only THREE DOLLARS you can get a piping hot spicy lamb, cheese and spinach or a spicy potato borek. Pick one up to have on the run while you complete your weekly shop at the markets, or take it away to enjoy at a leisurely pace in the park for a simple summer’s picnic. While the Borek is the hero of this hole-in-the-wall, they also offer super tasty, super cheap wraps.

Lentil as Anything

562 – 564 High St, Thornbury / Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford /233 Barkly Street, Footscray /41 Blessington Street, St Kilda

Gotta catch ’em all! Each of these pay-as-you-feel hot spots has a unique vibe and a unique menu. Your experience here extends beyond the tasty food, available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as different venues offer live music, life drawing and a range of other experiences to open your mind, while they fill your belly.

Bimbo Deluxe / Lucky Coq

376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy /179 Chapel St, Windsor

These sister institutions are perfect for a cheap date! Outdoor areas adorned with lanterns, beers  that keep flowing and pizzas that are cheap! Between 7-9PM everyday, all day Sunday, plus a variety of other times FOUR DOLLAR pizzas are on offer. And we’re not just talking Margharitas and Hawaiians- the pizzas can come with Haloumi, Smoked Salmon, Grilled Capsicum or there is even a corn chip mexican pizza fiesta! With a giant range of vegetarian and even vegan options with soy cheese, this is a place that suits everyone, at a price that suits everyone!


192 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Special mention goes to Truffles for offering $2.50 coffee pick-me-ups before 9AM everyday of the week.