Earlier this year my Mum and some friends and I went along to the Sunday markets at the Abbortsford Convent in Melbourne. They have a variety of markets to visit throughout the year. We went to the Makers Market which is on the third Sunday of every month. There are many other types of markets so check out the site for more choices!
We enjoyed a lovely morning shopping and experiencing the beautiful ambiance in the gardens and surrounding buildings. It really is a magical place. Fun for all the family and bike friendly too!
Then we made our way to a delicious meal at Lentil As Anything. This is a unique not-for-profit community organisation where customers give what they feel the food is worth.
Trust me – it is definitely worth waiting in line for at least 15 minutes to get your food (because it is so delicious, it’s a busy place)! I also highly recommend going with at least four people. One person holds the seats, two people get the food for everyone and another person lines up for the fabulous dumplings! They are so worth the wait!
Starting in 2000 at St Kilda, Lentil’s as Anything’s founder was living in a tent. At the time, money was influencing the trends in the community, leaving many disenchanted. Lentil as Anything aimed to re-engage those who where left behind. It seemed that money was often a barrier to people participating. It was decided that they would have no fixed prices for food. Instead of a cash register, a box was placed on the counter – using the money left in the box to run the restaurant.*
Lentil As Anything are all about the community. A meaningful business doing their part in creating meaningful food through a united philosophy. Love it!