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City Road Canteen

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Published December 2nd 2013
Love, leisure and lunch ladies
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Interior of the City Road Canteen


From an unassuming exterior comes a bright and inviting local cafe that's got decent food at a fantastic price. While working near Southbank recently I needed a quick lunch, so rather than brave the bustle and confusion not to mention the expense of riverside fine dining, I crossed the street the other way, and came across the City Road Canteen.

Having recently come under new management this quirky establishment has a few creases to iron out, but the warmth and eager-to-please nature of its staff won me over. The fare was standard a few pies, pre-made and made-to-order sandwiches, coffee and other hot drinks. I ordered a vegetable quiche, which arrived quickly sans trimmings and sans cutlery, but that was easily fixed. A few chips or a bit of salad would have been nice on the side but at only five dollars, it's not a lunch I'm going to pick a fight with! As it turned out, the quiche was delicious fresh and filling and I was able to sit and peacefully read the paper as other customers slowly trickled through.

city road canteen cafe food southbank review
Not a huge selction, but all good food at a great price


The City Road Canteen is small but colourful. Don't bring a crowd as it seats on six inside and two outside, but do pop by if you want a good cheap feed. If you arrive early you can grab a cheese toastie for only two dollars! It'll fill your stomach without emptying your wallet, which may be exactly what you need during those summer shopping months.

city road canteen food cafe southbank review
Exterior window of the City Road Canteen


The City Road Canteen is located at 63 City Road, Southbank. Call them on 9699 6113.
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Why? A quiet haven in busy Southbank
Phone: (03) 9699 6113
Where: 63 City Road, Southbank
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