When buying a food gift from your Melbourne trip, skip the Tim Tams and Vegemite and, instead, bring back locally sourced Victorian products.
For foodies, be sure to pick up some of Milawa Cheese Company’s award-winning Milawa Blue as a souvenir. It does a range of cow’s and goat’s milk selections. If you can’t make it to the factory, a number of stores in the Queen Victoria Market have their cheese products for sale.
Beechworth Honey is also another popular present. And it can be found in many Woolworths, Coles, IGA and Thomas Dux Grocer stores across Australia. If you want its full range of products — including the beauty items — you’ll have to order online or visit the store in Beechworth. Be sure to try its natural moisturizer.
Melbourne is the place to find great coffee. Some of the top independent cafés are stocked with blends from Seven Seeds. Find its beans for sale in its cafés, including Brother Baba Budan and Seven Seeds, or order from the limited selection on its online store.
For those on your list who like a good drink, buy some Yarra Valley wines, which are among the best in the world. Or consider getting a single-malt whiskey from the Bakery Hill Distillery. The factory is a 30-minute drive outside of the city in Balwyn North. Bottles also are available for purchase at the City Wine Shop on Spring Street.
If you want to buy gifts for children or those young at heart, consider some Australian lollies (hard candy) or chocolate.
Chocoholics will enjoy Koko Black chocolate. For lolly lovers, step inside The Original Lolly Store and choose from the range of hard candies and gummies, many made in Melbourne. It has branches in Fitzroy, Melbourne Central or Carlton.
Please note that many countries do not allow the importation of eggs, meat, plant, dairy or items with seeds. For the most up-to-date information, look up your country’s customs page online and remember to declare items.