A gourmet convenience store is coming to Melbourne

Images via Supernormal
Words by Maki Morita

Forget soggy sandwiches, this will be a bougie affair.

This year, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is opening ‘The Convenient Store’, potentially the most gourmet convenience store you’ll ever visit. The pop-up at Queen Victoria Market is presented by 7-Eleven, and will be offering grab-and-go snacks from some of Melbourne’s best foodie venues including Supernormal, Beatrix, and Lune. Inspired by the delights of a Japanese 7-Eleven (onigiri, bento boxes… need I say more?), as well as New York’s bodegas and Berlin’s spätis, The Convenient Store combines a mix of global influences with local Melbourne favourites.

The shelves will be stocked with katsu and egg sandos by Supernormal, cheese-and-Vegemite scrolls from Lune, and olive, feta and walnut stiratos by Baker Bleu. You can also pick up ‘The Convenient Motherlode’, a huge deli-style sandwich filled with cold cuts and cheese from every single deli in Queen Victoria Market’s Dairy Hall.

For dessert, there’ll be pop tarts by Falco Bakery, Beatrix’s take on the classic Wagon Wheel, and Messina’s Violet Crumble-inspired gelato. Thankfully, your standard 7-Eleven’s lack of liquor doesn’t apply here, so there’ll also be cocktails by The Everleigh and Bar Americano, and Brick Lane beers. Basically, all of Melbourne’s most highly-coveted gourmet offerings will be available under one roof, and you can grab them in a matter of seconds. The dream.

But don’t forget this store is presented by 7-Eleven, so there’ll also be a brand new Slurpee flavour as well as a special Melbourne roasted 7-Eleven coffee-blend. An upmarket 7-Eleven selling locally-roasted coffee? This is probably the most Melbourne thing ever.

The Convenience Store will be open 8am to 6pm daily from March Friday 20 to Sunday 29. The pop-up will be cashless, so make sure you bring your credit or debit card. Head to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s website for more information.

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