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HOT: Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

saluministi docklands

Saluministi is a new cafe next to Library at the Dock and across from the playground the Buluk Park. It’s turned this little corner of Victoria Harbour into our favourite place to hang out in Docklands..

The cafe is spacious, light-filled and there are high chairs for little bottoms which just reach the tall tables. When the weather warms up outside seating will be lower and face out onto the playground. If you don’t fancy sitting in there’s a big coffee window for take away.

library at the dock

There is no kids menu as such but if your child is ok with sandwiches then they will LOVE the Italian style panino at Saluministi.


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The most popular menu item is the porchetta roll ($12) which uses slow roasted pork belly and loin seasoned with fennel seeds, thyme, rosemary and salt and pepper.

Saluministi Melbourne

There’s also a crispy cotoletta with a vincotto mayo, Italian coleslaw and provolone ($12) and a slightly spicy pork and fennel sausage with roasted peperonata and pecorino ($11).

The ciabatta is pillowy soft and the chips with fresh herbs and reggiano are to-die-for ($5).

Finally, try the sugar encrusted bomboloni, made fresh every day. These are Italian-style doughnuts, so a bit denser than the standard American-style doughnut, but still very light.

Saluministi Melbourne

Saluminsti doesn’t have any toys or books on site but really there’s no need when the excellent library and playground are so close. If you need a change a nappy the disabled toilets are off site but close to the cafe (you’ll need to ask for a key) or you can use the facilities inside the library.


HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • high chairs;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • next to Library at the Dock and Buluk Park playground;
  • disabled toilet off site or use library facilities;
  • limited paid street parking; and
  • Stop D18 on #48 and #11 tram via Collins Street.

Saluminsti, 892 Bourke St, Docklands 0413 082 253

Mon-Sat 7am-4pm

About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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