Slow food, good times at an accessibly alternative location
The Abbotsford Convent has a slow food farmers market once a month, absolutely worth a visit. There are loads of other regular and irregular events.
The grounds and buildings are lovely and calm and the local coffee roasters at the Convent Bakery remind me of why coffee and Melbourne seem to go together so perfectly.
And then there's Lentil As Anything, an anti-consumerist restaurant who work hard at social integration and fantastic food. Not to leave out Handsome Steve's House of Refreshment, which has loads of good old favourites. It's like going back in time, without the nasty sexist/racist bits.
This tip has the address "Hellier Street in Abbotsford, quick and cheap by cab, a bit trickier by bus"