Albert Park Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cafe Crawl

Albert Park’s claim to fame might be its Grand Prix racetrack, lake and sports park, its commercial centre, Albert Park Village, has gained grounds as one of Melbourne’s most coveted locale for cafes, restaurants and boutique lifestyle shops.  There’s a gentry ambiance about the village; its main roads, Bridport Street and Victoria Avenue, are wide, well-maintained and lined prettily with Victorian terraced houses. Because Albert Park Village is a pleasant and easy meander to South Melbourne Beach, with plenty of choices for nibbles, I created this do-it-yourself cafe crawl for you to follow which covers all the best stops for gluten-free and dairy-free sweet treats. Enjoy!




Location: Albert Park Village, Melbourne Inner-South 
Style: Self-guided Cafe Crawl
Start: Albert Park Light Rail Station, stop 128 on Light Rail #96
End: Tram 1, stop, South Melbourne Beach
Walking Distance: 2 km
Time: 30 minutes for walk (with food 4-5 hours)
Yum Scale: 9 out of 10

Take Light Rail #96 from Melbourne CBD towards St. Kilda direction. Alight at Albert Park light rail station, stop 128. Cross the road and walk past the Cal-Tex Servo. You will come to our first stop on the right-hand side of Bridport Street...


Billy is completely enamoured with these gluten-free dairy-free Red Velvet Blissballs from No.84 Cafe.

1 No.84  The new kid on the block in the upper Albert Park Village, No.84’s  styling is on target with this trendy neighborhood. From timbre benches to a live hanging garden- look up and you’ll see knotted balls of luscious plants suspended from the high ceiling- its space is fresh and contemporary. Since its opening in June 2015, No.84 has become a favorite among the locals. You can tell from its owner and staff picking up on-going  conversation with its regulars.


No.84's Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Orange Marmalade Cake


Agnes, owner and recipe developer, works alongside her chefs to make all of the cakes, brownies and cookies  in-house, many of which are gluten-free and/or dairy-free. The orange marmarlade cake and red velvet bliss balls are both gluten-free and dairy-free. If you are gluten-intolerant and can eat dairy, there’s a gorgeous selection of brownies (raspberry, peanut butter and caramel) you can have as well as yo-yos and dark chocolate ganache cake. 
No.84BridportStreet's gorgeous gluten-free brownies! An assortment of yum for avro munchies.

No.84 sources its coffee beans from Zest,  a specialty coffee bean roaster from Berwick, holding its own amongst the fine cafes around. No.84 is open Monday-Sunday 7:00-16:00, serving all day breakfast and lunch. Address: 84 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: www.facebook.com/84BridportStreet 



The gluten-free and dairy-free Orange Marmalade Cake is loaded onto the food wagon!!!  We LOVE hefty piece of cake!
Continue on Bridport Street until Montague St. Turn right onto Montague and you will come to...


2 Urban Projuice  Housed within one of Albert Park’s characteristic Victorian-style white-terraced building, the cafe is exemplary of clean eating. Superfood, such as matcha smoothie bowls, extend from its full breakfast and lunch menu to raw vegan desserts. A minimum of six raw, vegan and gluten free desserts are always available: snickers bar, mars bar, salted caramel slice, acai superberry slice, caocao fudge, brownie ball, caramel log, and varying bliss balls. 


UP's Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan Acai Superberry Slice

Raw desserts here make the best of instagram in the #eatclean and #rawsome category; looking sinfully delicious and can't-believe-it's-raw. UP is not one to keep its wholesome recipes and healthy lifestyle secret. The cafe hosts healthy cooking classes and workshops on select Saturdays. Information on events can be found on UP's website.



As for coffee, UP keeps things local, supporting Port Melbourne's specialty coffee bean roaster Red Star. Urban Projuice is open Monday-Friday 7:00-16:30 Saturday & Sunday 8:00-16:00. Address: 315 Montague St, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: www.urbanprojuice.com.au

Billy's food wagon is starting to get full of gluten-free and dairy-free treats!!!

Get back onto Bridport Street and cross the road. Walk 15 metres and you will find on your right...

3 Habitots Is this a boutique children's store? A playground? An art room? It is All of the above and more. Habitots combines a front-of-shop retailing adorable clothing, toys, crafts and decor with an outdoor back garden, an indoor playroom downstairs and a creative classroom on the upper floor.
On a venn diagram, the space represents the overlapping intersection of where adults and children can equally enjoy different elements in the same environment. Its concept is an innovative way to engage young families and create a sense of community.


Habitots' Whole Fruit Popsicles are popular summer treats for the bubs!

While Habitots' main features are the retail products, the hosting of birthday parties and the daily children's art classes, it does also offer a light cafe menu of cold treats like fresh and sparkling juices, frozen fruit cups and smoothies. Unique to Albert Park, Habitots is the first of its kind in Melbourne. Habitots is open Monday-Saturday 9:00-16:30 Sundays for parties only. Address: 146 Bridport St, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: http://habitots.com.au/

Exit onto Bridport Street and cross the road onto the left side. You'll see more shops and outdoor cafes, one of the bigger ones being your next stop...



4  Dundas and Faussett You can't miss this establishment. This sprawling cafe takes up the entire north-east corner of Dundas Lane and Faussett Lane. Its large seating capacity attests to the volume of customers they see daily. Diners are spoilt for choice here because the menu has everything. The breakfast menu alone has twenty-two items spanning from traditional egg-based dishes to healthy porridges and fruity muesli, one of which is my favorite, the eye-popping gorgeous organic acai smoothie bowl.

Dundas & Faussett's Organic Acai Bowl looking as pretty as its eater. ;D

Lunch menu is hearty with scrumptious burgers, gourmet salads and wraps, as well as asian fusion dishes from the wok. If you can't get enough of Dundas and Faussett during the day time, you can return on Thursday to Saturday evenings for their dinner offerings. 


Decadent raw truffles from Full-Filled Co.

If you are in for guilt-free sweet treats, Dundas and Faussett make their own power-protein balls that are raw, vegan and gluten-free. As well, they source the best raw, vegan and gluten-free truffles on the Melbourne cafe scene: Full-Filled Co. A full range to choose from- choc mint, choc orange, lemon cheesecake and rawtella.


Full Filled Co. raw truffle in Rawtella
Coffee is excellently made using Five Senses coffee beans. Dundas and Faussett is open 7 days a week from 7:00am for all day breakfast and lunch, dinner available Thursday to Saturday from 6:00pm onwards. Address: 111 Dundas Pl, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: http://www.dundasandfaussett.com/ 


Stay on Bridport Street because a few shops from Dundas & Faussett is your next stop. On the left hand side, you'll come to...

5 Yellow Door Spear-headed by an Albert Park local, Garth, Yellow Door has the solid energy of the family-oriented neighbourhood. Its popularity for families with toddlers is exemplified by the large outdoor chalk board, which is covered with children's artful creations. Its setting, especially the large, covered and grassed courtyard, makes for an ideal, sun-smart, retreat on those brazenly hot days in Melbourne. Clearly a place where the locals come to relax.


Yellow Door has a core menu for yummy breakkies and lunch fix, as well as a specials board, that is in line with the season's fresh food trend, such as potato leek hash, mexi-eggs and breakky sliders. The smoothies are blended front of house and only whole veggie leaves and fruits go in.

Yellow Door's Green Goddess Smoothie is a pure blend of nutritious greens like spinach, kale, alfalfa, kelp and bananas, chia seeds, apple juice, lemonjuice and passionfruit.  It is gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free!!!
Its coffee is kickin it 'Old School,' a dark roast blend from Griffiths Bros., one of the founding coffee roasters in Australia. Every couple of months, Yellow Door features single origin beans, which currently is a El-Salvadoran medium roast. Yellow Door is open 7 days a week from 7:00-17:00 for all day breakfast and lunch. Address: 119 Dundas Pl, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: https://www.facebook.com/yellowdoorcafe/

Keep going on Bridport Street as it turns onto Victoria Avenue at the roundabout. Your eyes are invariably attracted to the European-looking cafe from across the way. Well, go on ahead because this is our next stop...



6 Mon Amour This cafe has the distinctive air of authentic European fare. Cured meat, salted, smoked and air-dried, are displayed like delicatessens in Italy- strung up on hanging racks and in curing chambers- alluring passerbys to its shop window. Breads are baked in-house and the selection of foreign cheeses requires a quick googling for a non-cheese-eater (myself of course) to understand but as an avid traveller, I can appreciate its origins: France, Italy, Spain and England to name a few. 



You are probably wondering what's a cafe got to do with artisan deli products? The big idea here is to build a dish featuring one or more of these gorgeous ingredients; whether it's a meat, cheese or house-made accompaniment, you can expect something fanciful on your plate. It's Mon Amour's innovative way to turn your regular avo and poached into memorable gourmet nosh. 

The gluten free dairy free charcuterie board features: fresh gluten free bread, basturma, salami di milano, australian prosciutto, evoo, dukka, seeded mustard with figs and roasted nuts. I'm officially a bon vivant...teehee =)
Mon Amour's menu begins with all day breakfast and lunch options, and you'll find your brunch favourites. The menu then diversifies into custom-made charcuterie boards, offering an impressive range of delicatessen goods for those keen on fashioning their own nibbles. For people with gluten and dairy intolerance, the charcuterie board presents excellent homemade accompaniments, such as dukka, seeded mustard, extra virgin australian olive oil, nuts and edible flowers to pair with your choice of specialty dried meats. It is a platter of complete delectable fare, especially for summer evenings with a bottle of wine. Mon Amour is open 7 days a week from 7:30am for all day breakfast and lunch, dinner available Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm onwardsAddress: 67 Cardigan Place, Albert Park, Melbourne. Website: http://monamourxo.com.au

Mon Amour Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Billy's wagon is looking a bit overloaded with gluten-free and dairy-free goodies from six different albert park cafes. =D
Coming out Mon Amour, stay right on the flowery round-about and cross the street onto Victoria Avenue. At Number 1 Victoria Avenue is a light beige building sheltered under a big leafy tree. Welcome to our stop number...


7 Vincent's Place This cafe is characteristically styled to reflect its history as a film production company in the 80s. In fact, a documentary by Australian filmmaker Paul Cox, and eventual namesake of the cafe, "The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh," was filmed onsite. Relics of the film production studio and reproductions of the tortured painter's arts adorn the cafe's interior, and patron's eyes roam with interest over these storied antiquities, set above an open-fireplace. Dining space inside extends to front garden sitting to a green-grassed garage with box seats and squat-tables- serviced by a street-facing open-window coffee and smoothie bar. The overall effect is a sweet and cosy place with a definitive air of a neighbourhood gem.
Afternoon tea with #glutenfreedairyfreebilly featuring VP's Banana Bliss Ball, a power pack of almonds, walnuts, coconut, goji berries, and bananas. Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Paleo
There's a well-rounded breakfast and lunch menu; eggs, muesli/porridge, toasties, and tons of gluten-free and dairy-free treats. There are house-made bliss balls: Matcha, Chia Seeds, and Banana Goji. A variety of raw, paleo Glow Bars from g.Luxe. And freshly baked gluten-free and dairy-free cookies and cakes- giving you plenty of incentives to return the following week and enjoy more of Chef Rosie's baking.
#glutenfreedairyfreebilly is serious about good coffee.
VP's Coffee is a custom blend of 100% organic arabica beans from Columbia, Ethiopia, PNG, Indonesian Gayo and Honduras- a rich, slightly nutty coffee with notes of dark chocolate quality. The result is a winning cuppa, leaving you much desire to take home the blend. Reading your train of thoughts, VP's stellar staff is one step ahead of you, helping you to the milled-on-the-spot coffee bags straight from its coffee bar. Vincent's Place is open 7:30-16:00 Monday-Friday, 8:30-16:00 Saturday Sunday. Address: 1 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, Melbourne. Websitehttp://www.vincentsplace.com/

Vincent's Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Vincent's Place: The Cosiest Spot in Albert Park! 
Exit onto Victoria Avenue, face the direction of the water. It's one straight road to our final and 8th stop...

8 Foddies Cafe The flagship cafe and retail store of Foddies Specialty Food phenonmenon, the pioneer producer of FODMAP and fructose-friendly food in Australia. 


#glutenfreedairyfreebilly: 'Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!'  Seen here is Luke, the co-founder of Foddies, handing over a large and fluffy blueberry and chia muffin to Billy's outstretched eager arms. You can be sure that the muffin is gluten-free, dairy-free and FODMAP friendly!
What is FODMAP you ask? Briefly, in layman's term, FODMAP is an acronym (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) referring to complex molecules found in food which can be poorly absorbed by some people, leading to gastrointestinal issues such as IBS. Eating a low FODMAP diet has been found to help gastrointestinal health issues. There is a wealth of scientific research and consumer information on FODMAP, and you can learn about it here. 

Jumbo muffin at Foddies comes in two flavors: Cinnamon Apple and Blueberry Chia. The muffin is super fluffy and the muffin top is baked golden and crunchy. Double thumbs up for breakthrough gluten-free and dairy-free baking!
Foddies is the first cafe in Melbourne specializing in low FODMAP diet and many dishes are or can be made gluten-free and dairy-free. For light munchers, there are gluten-free and dairy-free cookies, brownies and muffins. Going big, we have brunch favourites: eggs, french toasts and porridge, chicken parma and pizza on its all day breakfast and lunch menu.

Hmmm. #glutenfreedairyfreebilly's food wagon is looking epic with Foddies' jumbo muffin!!!
From Thursday to Sunday evenings, the menu graduates to dinner service, which sees burgers, fish and chips, souvlaki and pastas to satisfy that post-beach hunger. Foddies innovative spin on these dishes ensures that coeliacs, gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant, people on low FODMAP and low-histamine diets can revel in pigging out worry-free. Foddies is open 8:00-15:00 Monday-Friday, 9:00-16:00 Saturday Sunday. Dinner service from 18:00 Thursday-Sunday. Address: 181 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, Melbourne. Websitehttp://www.foddiescafe.com/ 

Foddies Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Foddies has a super active FB page: Foddies, where you will find special events and talks on health topics ranging from FODMAP to traveling GF. 


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Now that you've had your fill of the many many gluten-free and dairy-free food found in Albert Park Cafes, what's next? Hit the beach of course! South Melbourne Beach is a chill out stretch of sand for prime-time volleyball watching, sun-baking and dipping in the cool waters of the bay. With the convenience of shops and cafes in the area, this makes for an ideal retreat from the city.

Water in sight! Finally, South Melbourne Beach!!!
Alas, it is here that we draw a conclusion to this cafe crawl. I hope you enjoyed following Billy and I through the number of Albert Park Cafes. I wanted to share with you the many gluten-free and dairy-free food available in Albert Park, and I wanted to do it in a fun and engaging way - hence the creative food photography with stick man Billy. What's next for us? Why Billy and his wagon goes on to the next suburb to check out more gf and df goodies! See you all next time & Happy Eating. Xxo

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Special note: I am truly appreciative of all the participating cafes in the foodcrawl; working collaboratively to show their openness and kind consideration in providing for people with dietary sensitivities. Truly, this blogpost would not be possible without your support! THANK YOU. Xxox NellyBelly