11 Best Places To Eat In Melbourne If You're A Broke A** Student

Because not all of us can afford expensive brunch food.

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1. Tokui Sushi

There's nothing better for a quick yet totally fulfilling meal in Melbourne than picking up some sushi rolls on-the-go. While any sushi store you come across will generally be quite affordable, Tokui Sushi definitely has the best deal in town. There's a wide variety of fillings to choose from and each roll is generously stuffed.

Price: AUD2.00 (RM6.68) per roll

Location: 260 Lonsdale St.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.30pm daily

Contact details: +61 3 9663 9966

2. The Borek Bakehouse

Don't overlook this tiny hole-in-the-wall Middle Eastern bakery, it's a highly popular local favourite. Go for the borek: Turkish bread that's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, stuffed with your choice of filling. The Spinach & Cheese and Spicy Lamb ones are highly recommended.

Price: AUD3.00 (RM10.02) per borek

Location: 481 Elizabeth St.

Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm daily

Contact details: +61 3 9329 5553

3. Hanaichi

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These take-away bowls of simple Japanese food are deceptively small. In actuality, they're packed with more than enough rice/noodles and toppings to leave you happily full and satisfied. The most popular options are the katsu curry and Kay's chicken.

Price range: AUD10.00 (RM33.40) and under per bowl

Location: Shop 13-15, Level 2, QV Centre, Corner of Swanston St. and Londsdale St.

Opening hours:
10.30am - 9.00pm (Weekdays)
11.30am - 9.00pm (Saturday)
11.30am - 8.00pm (Sunday)

Contact details: +61 3 9662 9409 | Official website

4. Bimbo Deluxe

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If you love pizza, this is the place for you. You'll find everything from the traditional kinds of pizza, to unique creations, and even special breakfast and dessert varieties. The pizzas are already pretty affordable at their regular price but if you go at specific times, they're even cheaper! Click here to find out what those times are.

Price range: AUD4.00 - AUD9.00 (RM13.36 - RM30.06) per pizza

Location: 376 Brunswick St., Fitzroy

Opening hours:
11.30am - 2.00am (Monday - Thursday & Sunday)
11.30am - 3.00am (Friday & Saturday)

Contact details: +61 3 9419 8600 | Official website | Facebook

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5. Green Refectory

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Trying out brunch cafés is an unmissable part of being in Melbourne but most of them will definitely break your budget. Green Refectory has gained a reputation for being one of the most affordable brunch cafés around, depending on what you order that is. Stick to the all-day breakfast and toasted focaccia options or choose from the display case. Popular picks include The Breakfast Stack and Caramel Banana Pancakes.

Price range: AUD3.00 - AUD16.50 (RM10 - RM54.99)

Location: 115 Sydney Rd., Brunswick

Opening hours:
7.00am - 8.00pm (Weekdays)
7.00am - 7.00pm (Weekends)

Contact details: +61 3 9387 1150 | Facebook

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6. Rice Workshop

It can be hard to justify indulging on dessert when you're on a budget but Rice Workshop's creamy soft serve ice-cream is both affordable and irresistibly yummy. Comes in either green tea or black sesame flavour; you can also opt for a mix of both.

Price: AUD2.00 (RM6.68) per cone

Location: Click here for a full list of all Rice Workshop outlets.

Opening hours: Differs according to outlet. Please refer to the link above for more details.

Contact details: Official website | Facebook

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7. Lentil as Anything

Run by a non-profit organisation, Lentil as Anything serves up cosmopolitan vegan and vegetarian food with no price tag. Yup, you get to decide what you think your meal is worth and pay accordingly! All their dishes are made from fresh, local produce and covers a wide range of cuisines including Western, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Sri Lankan, and Greek Italian.

Price range: N/A

Location: Click here for a list of all their locations.

Opening hours: Differs according to outlet. Please refer to the link above for more details.

Contact details: Official website | Facebook

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8. Little Ipoh

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When those Malaysian food cravings hit, head over to Little Ipoh for an authentic taste of home. From roti canai and nasi lemak to rendang and murtabak, they've got it all.

Prince range: AUD5.00 - AUD12.00 (RM16.70 - RM40.09)

Location: Level 1, 360 La Trobe St.

Opening hours: 12.00pm - 9.00pm daily

Contact details: +61 3 9329 1826 | Official website | Facebook

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9. Bing Boy

Based off the popular Chinese street food, jian bing (Chinese crepes), a bing is a thin wheat omelette wrap, filled with your choice of nutritious ingredients along with the staples of spring onion, coriander, sesame seeds, and crispy wontons. It's served fresh off the hotplate and is packed full of uniquely Asian flavours.

Price range: AUD4.90 - AUD11.90 (RM16.37 - RM39.75) per bing

Location: Level 3, Emporium Melbourne, 238 Little Bourke St.

Opening hours:
10.00am - 7.00pm (Monday - Wednesday & weekends)
10.00am - 9.00pm (Thursday & Friday)

Contact details:** Official website | Facebook

10. Zambrero

Choose from an extensive array of slow cooked meat, fresh vegetables, and unique sauces to build your own delicious and hearty Mexican meal. Most go for a burrito or bowl but tacos, quesadillas and nachos are also available. Plus, Zambrero's Plate 4 Plate initiative means that for every burrito or bowl you buy, a plate of food is donated to someone in need in the developing world.

Price range: AUD5.90 - AUD13.90 (RM19.66 - RM46.32)

Location: Click here for a complete list of all Zambrero outlets.

Opening hours: Differs according to outlet. Please refer to the link above for more details.

Contact details: Official website

11. The American Doughnut Kitchen

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Don't be intimidated by the long queue you're sure to see at this little food truck because the line actually moves quite fast. Plus, it's soooo worth the wait to get your hands on some freshly made doughnuts. They're filled with strawberry jam, fried to golden perfection and topped off with a dusting of sugar. Best eaten warm.

Price: About AUD1.10 (RM3.67) per doughnut

Location: Queen Victoria Market, Queen St.

Opening hours:
6.00am - 2.00pm (Tuesday & Thursday)
6.00am - 4.00pm (Friday & Sunday)
5.00am - 3.00pm (Saturday)
Closed on Monday and Wednesday

Contact details: +61 432 763 741 | Official website | Facebook

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Do you have a go-to place for cheap eats in Melbourne? Share your recommendations in the comments section below!

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