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The Best Cheap Eats In Melbourne


Do you wish you could eat out more often? Well, we’ve discovered the best cheap eats in Melbourne and tested them ourselves. Our cheap eats guide covers everything from tacos, burgers, oysters & more. No longer do you have to go without a great meal, just because you don’t have much cash. Go forth, get fat.

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Chicken Curry Don

FromDon Don

In the heart of the CBD is a Japanese joint that produces fantastic curry don dishes for less than $8. For years, Don Don has been a hot spot for students and workers on their lunch break, and it’s clear why, when you’re served a piping hot bowl in under 30 seconds. Make sure to bring cash – there’s no eftpos – and avoid lunch time if you don’t want a little wait. It is by far, one of the best cheap eats in the Melbourne CBD.

198 Little Lonsdale St, CBD

$7.49 Meals With MealPal


Looking for a cheap lunch in the CBD? Mealpal recently launched in Melbourne, and offers the chance to enjoy $7.49 lunches at some of the city’s best restaurants. It’s a subscription service that allows you to buy either 12 or 20 meals up-front. Enjoy Lunch from Hochi Mama, Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, Fancy Hank’s, 70 Grams and many more.

Use this special link to enjoy an extra week of lunches for free! That’s 5 weeks for the price of 4. Perfect if you work in the CBD.

$2 Tacos

From Hotel Jesus

Entering Hotel Jesus is like entering an entirely different world. This Mexican restaurant is the brother of Mamasita, a CBD institution with lines often stretching onto the footpath. Hotel Jesus is more laidback, with the interior decked out like an authentic Mexcian cantina; white tiles line the wall, lit heavily by neon lights.

Swing by on Tuesday between 5pm – 9pm to enjoy $2 tacos.

Main Meal & Coffee

From Tom Phat

Tom Phat sits bang smack in the bustle of Sydney Rd, a modern restaurant serving southeast Asian curries, noodles and breakfasts. Visit during the week – except Tuesday when they’re closed – to enjoy a fantastic lunch special; for $15 you’ll be served a main meal and a coffee. Chip in an extra $5 and have that coffee change into a glass of wine; it’s one of our favourite cheap lunches in Melbourne.

Come back a little later then their boozy brother next door, Bah Phat, opens and kicks off with a fantastic happy hour. You’ll find beer and wine for just $5 a pop, and featured cocktails for $10.

$10 Parma Night

From Pacinos Restaurant

Pacino’s Italian Family Restaurant celebrate Monday with their $10 international parma special. Choose from over 10 different parma toppings – including Indian tandoori, Mexican nachoe & Spanish chorizo – served alongside chips and salad.

You’ll pay $10 for the parma, and then any sides will set you back $2 each. It’s incredibly value for money, and it’s a local favourite with over 400 being served every Monday.

You won’t leave Flemington, but your taste buds will get their own little holiday.

The CHUG Meetup Group

Who better to provide cheap eats then the team behind CHUG? That’s why we’ve launched our own Meetup group dedicated to experiencing more of Melbourne. We’ll be exploring some of the city’s best restaurants, bars & pubs with our own specialised events.

There will be cheap eats and cheap drinks for all of those lucky to be a member.

Join the CHUG Meetup group now. Our first event is coming in the near future!

$1 Oysters

From Rochester Hotel

A buck doesn’t buy much anymore, except for an oyster at The Rochester Hotel every Monday. Call around from 3:00 pm onwards when the oysters are offered for just $1. The Rochey also celebrates happy hour until 7:00 pm, featuring $7 pints & $5 house wine.

It’s a fantastic local pub, with pool, a fireplace and nice little rooftop garden.

Any Pasta

From Twirled Pasta Bar

Chef Adrian Trimarchi makes his pasta daily at his solo venture, Twirled Pasta Bar. You’ll find housemade spaghetti, pappardelle, tagliatelle and also a range of toasted sandwiches.

Head down on either a Monday or Tuesday for a bowl of house-made pasta for just $12. It’s available from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and you can choose anything from their main menu.

$9.90 Pad Thai


Inside a trendy warehouse space on the edge of The Yarra is Bangpop. Visit on a Tuesday to score yourself some $9.90 pad thai. Choose from chicken, vegetarian or prawn.

$1 Dumplings

From Maeve Fox

There’s only a couple of things in Melbourne one dollar will buy you, and dumplings at Maeve Fox is one of them. Head along to this slick bar on a Thursday night for $1 dumplings and spring rolls.

The Meataxe

From Burgerlove

Not only does Burgerlove make some of the cheapest burgers in Melbourne, they also make some of the best. The Meataxe is our favourite, coming in at a more than reasonable price of $14. They also serve glorious poutine, donuts and milkshakes. If these guys don’t blow you away, nothing will.

$15 Express Lunch

From Wharf Hotel

Tucked away at the lower end of Spencer Street is The Wharf Hotel, home to a great lunch time special. Visit on a weekday to score yourself one of their ever changing meals accompanied by either a wine or beer. Sit back and enjoy the wonderful view of The Yarra.

50c Wings

From St Kilda Branch

Down in St Kilda there is a little bar call The Branch, that offers some pretty big specials. Housed in a former art Deco State Bank, this cosy venue specials happening every night of the week.

Call around on a Tuesday from 3 pm and you’ll find fried chicken wings for just 50c. Happy hour also runs until 7 pm, featuring $5 house wine, $6 spirits & $12 beer jugs.

$10 Classic Margherita

From Lazerpig Pizza Parlour

The guys at Lazerpig have a lot going for them; they’re a welcoming laid back pizza bar just off Smith St, with regular DJs & a great bar.

Their pizza is hand-stretched and cooked in their wood fired oven at over 400 degrees. Every weekday you’ll be able to pick up their classic margherita for just $10. It happens from 4pm – 6pm.

$5 Nachos

From Mr Scruff's

One of Melbourne’s best specials happens every Wednesday at Mr Scruff’s, where you’ll be able to score anything off their main menu for half price. This makes the burgers and nachos both $5, along with plenty of other greasy gems for mere pocket change. Careful, it gets packed.

$8 Philly Cheesesteak

From Sparrow's Philly Cheesesteaks

If there’s one love that will eventually unite all nations, it’s the love of cheese. Add in some meat and bread and you have the best peacemaker mankind has ever seen. This is called a Philly Cheesesteak, and Sparrow’s serve them for $8 every Monday evening. Throw in an extra $2 for chips.

$10 Beef Burger

From Royal Mail Hotel

This is one of the juiciest burgers we’ve ever had the pleasure of destroying. It features a 300g  wagyu beef pattie, topped with cheese and served between a house made bun. Grab it for $10 every Thursday night at The Royal Mail.

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