What’s an afternoon at the footy (be it AFL, rugby or soccer) without a meat pie at half time? And is there anything better to warm the cockles on a cold night than the comfort of a delicious hot pie?
Aussies are well known for their love of this humble food and Melbourne is a city that caters for every kind of pie lover, from the Four ‘n Twenty advocate to the gourmet connoisseur.
In Melbourne every day is #pieday.
Melbourne’s pastry chefs do not neglect their craft or take it for granted. There’s plenty of imagination around and feats of baking mastery on display (the pastry can never be soggy – it must be flaky, crispy and have structural integrity).
Choose your pie shop wisely and you’ll be in awe of the variety of beautifully constructed and flavoured pies that are on offer within this city.
A pie is the perfect choice to counter hunger during a sporting event (the MCG and Marvel Stadium both offer gourmet pie options!) and will feed a ravenous family with piping-hot mouthfuls of flaky goodness.
The good ‘ol Aussie Pie is one of my favourite comfort foods. Is there anything better?
And let’s not forget that a good pie remains the perfect hand-held meal. You get to walk, talk and indulge simultaneously. What more could you want?!
In the Victorian capital, the humble pie is elevated to a show-stopping flavour bomb.
Whether you are seeking experimental and cutting-edge hot pies or simple, classic staples that have been around for decades, you will find excellence in the list below. These pie shops are local favourites for a reason – trust us, Melburnians know a thing or two about their pies.
Read on to discover the 15 best pies in the city of Melbourne.
Location: 75 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 Ph: 0423 978 333
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2.30pm (email@example.com)
We’re revisiting this article (and our recommended pie haunts in Melbourne) after hearing the news that one of our all-time favourite pie stores, the appropriately named The Pie Shop in Brunswick has sadly closed its doors.
Founded by chef (and cookbook author) Matt Wilkinson, The Pie Shop has been filling neighbourhood bellies with acclaimed pies since 2018, when it opened next door to Matt’s celebrated cafe, Pope Joan (77 Nicholson Street).
At The Pie Shop expect to discover trays of homemade savoury pies with curious names – for breakfast ask for an Uncle Pete (jalapeño baked beans, egg and cheese) – and with fillings as varied as spaghetti bolognese (The Bruce), black pepper beef and cheese (The Tomo), chunky beef (The Allen), cauliflower cheese and potato (The Shazza), and butter chicken and rice (The Norma).
There’s also a sublime free-range pig sausage roll (The Graham), and recommended sweet slices (blackberry and ginger crumble; honey and buttermilk; apple and salted caramel).
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, The Pie Shop is now no longer operating – these days you’ll find Matt in the spacious surronds of the Montalto Winery on the Mornington Peninsula (in his role as Culinary Director) and experimenting with spices, seasonings and rubs for Street BBQ.
Location: 260 Barkly Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056 Ph: (03) 9387 5700
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
Just down the road from The Pie Shop in Brunswick, you’ll find Bocastle.
You’ll feel like the king (or queen) of your castle after trying one of Boscastle’s luxurious pies. These pies are influenced by Cornish culture and filled with only the finest of Australian ingredients.
This pie shop supplies its moreish delicacies across the entire country and the black Angus beef pie is a must-try (more than once!)
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Boscastle’s Brunswick pie shop is currently closed. We will let you know when we learn more. Happily, their splendid pies and baked products continue to be produced and are stocked in various delis and good food stores across Australia.
Location: 228 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Ph: (03) 9417 5998
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat 6am-3pm
This bakery has established a die-hard following for a reason. The co-owners have 50+ years of experience hand crafting their exquisite pastries. Pleasingly, they provide a range of gluten-free pies, as well as vegan options, so everyone is catered for.
The mushroom, halloumi and spinach pie is thoroughly recommended.
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Location: 228 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-3pm
Falco is a small-batch bakery in Smith St. Collingwood with an innovative range of yummy baked goods. The founders have extensive and impressive hospitality credentials and the produce and ingredients are all ethically and locally sourced. There’s top-notch coffee too.
But we’re here to talk about the pies and there are some stand-outs. You should consider the Rockwell as it is well-known in Melbourne pie-circles as the pie “that tastes just like a cheeseburger!”, and it is the signature savoury offering from Falco.
You’ll find some other gems too, including a yummy Steak and Cheese and a gloriously flaky Chicken and Leek. There’s a vegetarian pie too.
Location: 309 Buckley St, Essendon VIC 3040 Ph: (03) 9337 1034
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat 6am-5pm
These pies are wonderfully flavoursome due to Tony’s celebrated blend of herbs and spices. You can try one of the classic options like their beef pie and slaver it in tomato sauce to annoy those friends who are anti-ketchup-on-pies.
This place has a great reputation for a reason.
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Location: South Melbourne Market, York St, South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Ph: 0403 201 505
So why two headings? Well, because the Small Town Pie Co is a side venture from South Melbourne Markets much-loved Emerald Hill Deli.
Once you’ve shopped you way around the ‘Market and had a spot of lunch, we strongly recommend that you nip over to the Small Town Pie Co and pick up one of their bakes for an easy dinner. Alternatively, you could simply scoff your purchase on the spot.
The range of pies at this stall is enormous. Fancy a Chicken Pie? Well there’s Chicken & Leek, Chicken & Mushroom, Curry Chicken, Chicken Camembert and more. And that’s before you decide on a Family Pie or a Small Pie. And do you want it hot or cold? Seriously, the choice is almost overwhelming, But when the pies taste this good, i really is a First World Problem.
Next time you’re around South Melbourne Market, pay the Small Town Pie Co a visit. We’re confident that they make some of the finest pies in Melbourne. If the market is closed you can also pick up one of these splendid pies at Flour Kitchen, 184 York Street, South Melbourne (7 days/week 8am-4pm).
Location: 358 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 Ph: (03) 9416 0091
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 7am-5pm
Moving on with our best pies in Melbourne, we hop over to Babka in hip Brunswick.
Here, the pies are infused with Eastern European culinary excellence. As well as their wide range of brunch options and bakery favourites, they also boast nine handmade pies to select from.
The beef and mushroom in red wine sauce is undoubtedly an incredible choice. The meat is not overwhelmed by copious amounts of wine and this delicate balance softens the beef perfectly.
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Location: 29 Block Place, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: (03) 9654 6792
If eating on the move is your thing, then this is the best spot for you. Dinkum pies has become iconic within the city’s pie scene and has been crafting delicious pies, sausage rolls and pastries for 40+ years.
Their tucked in patio is the ideal spot to swallow your pie whole before wiping off the crumbs and heading back to work!
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Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Dinkum Pies is currently closed. We will let you know when we learn more. As Dinkum Pies isn’t trading at present, here is a much-loved alternative for you to consider…
Location: 284 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge, VIC 3928 Ph: (03) 59896686
Ok, so you could argue that Johnny Ripe Main Ridge isn’t technically in Melbourne. However, you definitely can’t argue that their artisan pies aren’t worth the trip to the Mornington Peninsula. Alternatively, the fame of Johnny Ripe pies is such that they are now stocked in an array of gourmet food stores across both Melbourne and regional Victoria.
So what about those famous pies?
Well, Johnny Ripe all started with the humble apple pie – though admittedly a very good one made with hand-peeled apples from their own orchard and buttery short pastry. From there, things have developed and now the Johnny Ripe bakery makes an assortment of both sweet and savoury pies. One of our go-tos is their fabulous Beef and Rosemary Pie, though a friend of ours is addicted to their Fruit Mince Pies which hit the shelves over the festive period.
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Location: Shop 42A/727 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008 Ph: 0408 557 215
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4.30pm
Pure Pie’s braised beef with cheddar in a Guinness sauce is to die for. In our humble opinion, of course.
These pies are also delicately wrapped in a handmade, sour cream and butter pastry that is crimped to perfection. The food here is lovingly and carefully prepared and thus, it speaks for itself.
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Location: 643-645 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC 3056 Ph: (03) 9386 0440
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7pm-5pm
This Lebanese bakery serves some of the best food that you will ever try. Their authentic spin on the baked pie results in hoards of Melbournians visiting this spot every week.
Tuck into a wholesome, cheesy pie or a spinach and cheese triangle. Both are guaranteed to leave you feeling more than satisfied and eager to return!
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Location: 178 Faraday Street, Carlton VIC 3053 Ph: (03) 9349 3445
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 7am-3pm
Also at 183 Domain Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Ph: (03) 9820 2248
This pie spot is renowned in the city and boasts two locations. Their magical beef ragu pies will tantalise your tastebuds, striking the right balance between taste, aesthetics and practicality.
The pastry is deliciously flaky and golden yet firm enough to prevent any spillage of the delightful beef sauce.
What’s more, both their shops have fabulous interiors that any design student would love. This is not one to miss.
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Location: 115 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, VIC 3056 Ph: (03) 9387 1150
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 7am-7pm
Continuing on with our take on the best pies in Melbourne, we’re back in Brunswick.
This pie store only utilises the freshest ingredients to create its gorgeous homemade pies. They’re inexpensive yet more than delicious and their minced beef with oregano and tomato option will leave you salivating until your next return.
These pies aren’t overly fancy, but are lovingly prepared, inexpensive and seasoned with panache.
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Location: 81A Hudsons Rd, Spotswood VIC 3015 Ph: 0497 103 428
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 7am-3:30pm, Sun 7:30am-3:30pm
This pie shop boasts American influences but this hasn’t inhibited its ability to cook one of the finest Aussie meat pies in Melbourne. Their beef option includes a secret ingredient that creates a wholesome substance and richness.
They also use a whopping five layers of wonderfully flaky pastry to give your meat pie the perfect finish.
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Location: 119 Burnley St, Richmond, VIC 3121 Ph: (03) 9428 7502
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 5am-2.30pm, Sat 6am-1pm
Keith’s pies have been a staple in Melbourne’s pie scene since the 1960s. They have truly mastered the traditional meat pie whilst ensuring that they keep up with the latest trends.
For instance, their Thai green curry pie will give you hints of traveller’s nostalgia whilst giving you that wholesome feeling in the pit of your stomach. This is definitely one to visit for some of the best pies in Melbourne.
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Location: 37 Bendigo St, Richmond, VIC 3121 Ph: (03) 9428 4196
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 8am-3pm
This urban spot has all of the best coffee and pies that you could possibly wish for. Their plain beef pie is far from boring and is influenced by a traditionally spanakopita recipe.
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This influence makes this pie taste sensational and makes this place stand out as one of the most unique options on this list.
Location: 200 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121 Ph: (03) 9421 2711
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm
This shop boasts nearly 20 different pies for you to salivate over. It is the perfect spot for sports lovers due to its close proximity to the MCG and you can chow down on their thick pepper steak pies or a juicy chicken and mushroom alternative.
Their Angus beef pie is highly recommended.
Location: See their website to see which Farmers Market they will be attending in the coming weeks.
Gourmet Pie’s boasts 25+ years of experience with its highly renowned chef at the helm. It has fast become one of Melbourne’s most popular pie producers.
Head to a farmer’s market to sample the pulled lamb pie or the wonderful caramelised onion option to feel well-rewarded for your efforts in locating the correct market.
Location: 14 Claremont St, South Yarra, VIC 3141
These phenomenally intricate chefs serve wonderfully experimental pies like their hamburger/pie combination that substitutes a pastry lid with a bun! The remainder of the pie is arguably simplistic but undoubtedly brilliant!
If you can resist the temptation of the intricate dessert options on offer here, then this savoury treat will do more to suffice!
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Zumbo has closed it’s shop in South Yarra. We will let you know when we hear more. With Zumbo gone, why not try this Award Winning Pie shop instead…
Location: 130-132 Mollison St, Kyneton, VIC 3444 Ph: (03) 5422 1801 & 951 Mountain Hwy, Boronia, VIC 3155 Ph: (03) 9720 2500 & 890-892 Princes Hwy, Springvale, VIC 3171 Ph: (03) 7036 6729 & Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341, Dandenong Rd, Malvern East, VIC 3145
From humble beginnings in the lovely Victorian town of Kyneton, Country Cob Bakery has become become a multiple national award winner in the art of pie making.
Cambodian-born Chan and Ryan Khun understand that any great pie starts with good pastry. At Country Cob Bakery they use not one, but 2 types in their baked goods. The base is a sturdy shortcrust, whilst the toping is a layer puff.
And then there’s the fillings. Whilst their Meat Pie has been heralded as the best in the land for 3 years running, that’s not their only coveted bake. Their Vegetarian Pasty, Fruit Tart and Curry Scallop Pie are also prized, and that’s not all. Even their Vanilla Slice gets rave reviews.
When we last visited the Chadstone Country Cob Bakery, we scoffed one of the legendary Meat Pies and then went in for a Caramelised Pork and Cracked Pepper. Wow. Hunks of pork in a flavoursome gravy, spiked with Sichuan Peppercorns. It was a real delight to eat.
No wonder this is rated amongst the best pies in Melbourne.
Location: 3 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Ph: (03) 9041 4345
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7:30am-3pm
The bonus option on this list is undoubtedly a special one. These pies are hand crafted by a master baker and the result is beyond words.
Their chicken, mushroom, leek and mustard pie is a favoured option and the delicate balance of meat and sauce is enough to pull you through the winter months. Go and treat yourself. You will not regret it! These are definitely amongst the best pies in Melbourne.
Melbourne contains some of the finest pie shops and cafes in the whole of Australia. These pies are carefully and lovingly prepared with a fabulous range of fillings and choice.
Whether you are seeking the simplicity of a traditional meat and veg pie, or you are searching for a gourmet option that will tantalise your tastebuds, Melbourne’s pie scene will not disappoint.
The pies on this list are homemade by some of the finest pastry chefs in the whole of Australia, and we highly recommend that you take the time to sample the piping-hot mouthfuls of flaky goodness that are on offer.
The good ol’ Aussie pie. Is there anything better?
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