With Omicron running rampant across Melbourne, many of us have been unwittingly strapped for sustenance while stuck at home.
Maybe you can’t get to the supermarket right now. Maybe your local Coles or Woolies is out of the product you’re so desperately after (or you’re not a fan of the substitutes in your online order). Or maybe you’ve been abusing food-delivery apps while isolating (or even just laying low).
Whatever the reason your fridge and pantry need to be restocked, here are 14 Melbourne businesses delivering groceries – so you don’t even need to leave the house.
South Melbourne Market
This iconic Melbourne market – which has been around for more than 150 years – launched a home-delivery service in 2020. And you can now shop participating market traders on one easy platform. Get anything from vibrant fresh-produce boxes and pre-marinated meat to ready-to-eat meals, pantry staples and even indoor plants – delivered to your door.
Order by 10am for same-day delivery on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $15.
Queen Victoria Market
Another icon in Melbourne’s market scene, Queen Victoria Market also got a new online marketplace off the ground in 2020, which now delivers to more than 220 suburbs across the city. Shop all your favourites, including bags of Market Lane coffee, freshly baked bread and pastries, fancy cheeses and deli meats, ocean-fresh seafood and all the fresh-produce staples you can think of.
Order by 10am for same-day delivery on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $15.
While specialising in locally sourced, organic meats, Melbourne butcher Hagen’s also offers a range of groceries online. Find jam-packed veggie boxes, handy family-friendly dinner packs, milk, eggs and even jars of Sarafian Hummus (the perfect order add-on).
Order online for delivery across metro Melbourne from Tuesday to Sunday; it’s $10 or free for orders over $120. Delivery is also available across regional Victoria.
Northside Fruit & Veg
Popular Melbourne-based wholesale produce provider Northside Fruit & Veg was founded by Kim Driver and Michael Buchanan, two lifelong mates who grew up in the city’s inner north. The Fitzroy-based business delivers crates filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables for just $59.99. Bonus: home delivery is included in the price.
Order online for free delivery on Wednesday and Friday.
This longstanding independent grocer has been providing Melburnians with organic produce since the 1980s – first in Northcote, but now also in Brunswick. If you can’t make it to one of those locations, though, the beloved business also offers delivery. Stock up on all sorts of pantry staples (including five-kilo bags of legumes and bulk-buy nut butter), plus cleaning products.
Order online for delivery within two to three business days.
Ceres Fair Food
To keep its food-delivery service up and running, Ceres Fair Food sources from more than 150 farmers and ethical grocery retailers. You can get Fodmap-friendly produce boxes (aka the Good Gut Box), small-batch fridge and pantry staples, 5 & Dime bagels, and even craft beer by 3 Ravens and Bridge Road (and plenty of other booze, too). Simply sign up on the website to get started – you can even create a recurring order if you want groceries delivered weekly.
Order by 12pm for next-day delivery Monday to Saturday; it’s $6.85 or free for orders over $75. Minimum order is $40.
Born out of Melbourne’s extended lockdown, this gourmet online grocery hub aims to connect Victorians with the state’s best farmers, butchers and dairies. You’ll find Ocean Made seafood and Peter Bouchier meat, fresh produce from Organic Ease, fancy pantry staples and condiments (including Lee Ho Fook’s XO sauce), jars of Meredith Dairy goat’s cheese and ready-made meals. Plus, bottled cocktails from some of Melbourne’s top bars.
Order by 2pm for next-day delivery (for most products) from Tuesday to Saturday; it’s $11.95 within metro Melbourne.
Fitzroy North’s inimitable, almost 65-year-old European supermarket – Piedimonte’s – now delivers most of its grocery range to your doorstep. That means pasta, meat, seafood, all sorts of fruit and veg, and a whole lot more. It also offers weekly specials, imported delicacies and takeaway meals (including a whopping two-kilo lasagne).
Order by 8am for same-day delivery – or by 12pm for delivery that evening – from Monday to Saturday; it’s $10.50 or free for orders over $200.
Organic Wholefoods has been serving the Melbourne community for more than 30 years. It now has stores in Brunswick, Flemington and Fitzroy, but you can also shop its range online – for both pick-up and delivery. Most of the in-store favourites are available online, including freshly baked bread, ready-to-roll bone broth, a heap of fermented treats (sauerkraut, kimchi and more), cheese, pantry items and pet food.
Order by Tuesday for Thursday delivery from $12.
Icecream Social is best known for, well, ice-cream. But it’s taken over the operations for a home-delivered produce-box program started by Sustain and the Melbourne Food Hub. The fruits and veggies are picked on Wednesdays and delivered to you on Thursdays and Fridays. And the boxes come in three sizes: small, large and jumbo. Add-ons might include Back Alley Bakes bread, locally grown shrooms, Schulz Organic dairy, Holy Crumpets, Chappy’s chips and more.
Order online for delivery to select Melbourne suburbs on Thursdays and Fridays. A subscription service is also available.
The Flying Zucchinis
Specialising in fruit-and-veg boxes – and born out of lockdown – this online grocer offers free delivery to just shy of 300 Melbourne suburbs. Produce boxes comes in small ($29), medium ($49) and large ($79), depending on how many you’re feeding. And there’s an option to sign up for a weekly subscription. You’ll also find Bread Club sourdough loaves and pastries, fresh pasta and sugo, St David and Meredith dairy products, free-range eggs and more.
Order online for Wednesday delivery from $4, or it’s free for orders over $100.
This Knoxfield-based fruit and veg wholesaler is all about providing those in Melbourne’s south-east with topnotch produce – delivered for free. There’s plenty of fresh, seasonal produce available from the online store, from the rudimentary to the harder-to-find, plus organic juices, free-range eggs and more.
Order by 10pm for next-day delivery to select Melbourne suburbs. Minimum order is $50.
King & Godfree
The enduring Lygon Street corner grocer, espresso bar, deli and bottle shop also offers delivery for all of its grocery staples – get cans of Sirena tuna, two-kilo jars of olives, fresh bread, deli meats, dry pasta, Pidapipo gelato tubs, bags of house-roasted coffee, Mount Zero olive oil and more. Plus, fresh produce such as milk, butter, eggs, fruit and veg are also available.
Order before midday for next-day delivery from $15. Minimum order is $50.
This fancy butchery – by esteemed chef Andrew McConnell and butcher Troy Wheeler – also offers click-and-collect and home delivery across Victoria. While first-rate cuts of meat are undoubtedly the star, you can also order up on other items to stock your fridge (and pantry). That means a tight selection of fresh veg from Ramarro Farm, Mushrooms Anonymous and Jones Farm, plus dairy and free-range eggs, Meatsmith-branded condiments, a stunning range of heat-and-eat meals (including that Cumulus Inc slow-cooked lamb shoulder) and even alcohol.
Order by 12pm for next-day delivery in metro Melbourne from $10, or it’s free for orders over $100.