7 of the best food truck parks and outdoor dining venues in Melbourne
Love outdoor dining? With summer just around the corner, get your street food feast on at these epic Melbourne food truck parks and gourmet open-air playgrounds.
Crispy calamari followed by fresh oysters, lobster rolls, and a waffle-cone gelato for dessert, washed down with an Aperol spritz? Move over fine dining; 2022 is the summer of street food. And where better to experience a moveable feast than at one of Melbourne’s food truck parks or gourmet outdoor dining arenas.
Boasting everything from African barbecue and Korean potato twist stalls to portable pizzerias, dumpling dealers, handmade pasta peddlers and even souffle pancake stands, Melburnians are spoiled for choice when it comes to mouth-watering food truck fare.
If you’re looking for the ideal outdoor dining destination, here’s our guide to seven of the best food truck parks and gourmet outdoor playgrounds in Melbourne. Plus, you can plan your trip and find the closest parking with RACV's free journey planner app, arevo.
Melbourne's best food truck parks and outdoor dining
20 Booker St, Spotswood
When this culinary mecca opened in March of 2021, it signalled the dawn of a new street food era for Melbourne. Spanning more than 10,000 square metres and hosting 50 of the city’s favourite food vendors – including 48h Pizza Bar, Cannoleria by That’s Amore and Claw & Tail – the bustling gourmet precinct is a melting pot of international cuisines, live music and entertainment with Melbourne’s glittering city skyline setting the backdrop. Dining is at communal-share style tables, with canopies for cover in case of inclement weather.
Open from Friday to Sunday. Entry costs $4 for adults. Children under 12 are free.
Welcome to Thornbury
520 High St, Northcote
They say nothing beats an original, and when it comes to Welcome to Thornbury, the city’s first permanent food truck park is still one of the best. With a rotating line up of food trucks, a giant beer garden, sprawling deck (with heaters and a retractable awning roof for the cooler months), as well as a playroom with more than 40 retro arcade games – it’s delicious food and wholesome fun for the whole family. Pull up a seat at one of the timber booths and relax under a big umbrella with a fully stacked Mr Burger bun and a pint of local beer or wine.
Open Wednesday to Sunday.