Maribyrnong Outdoor Dining Opportunities

Out-door dining opportunities expand

The City of Maribyrnong, known for its foodie culture and love of celebrating, is creating more out-door dining opportunities so residents can safely enjoy the city’s restaurant and café scene in a COVID-19 environment.

While restrictions may be easing, it’s still not business as usual with physical distancing continuing to restrict the number of patrons at restaurants and cafes. Council is working with businesses to increase their footprint, which in turn enables an increased number of patrons who can dine at a safe 1.5 metre distance from each other.

This includes the introduction of the innovative parklet program which will be trialled for six months. Parklets are re-purposed parking bays which are designed to accommodate out door dining and seating. With many residents still working from home car spaces are not being used as frequently, so bays have been re-imagined as an active space to provide a greater return to our city.

In September Council sought expressions of interest from hospitality outlets looking to establish parklets. 41 applications came in, from which 31, which met defined criteria (including a road safety audit) were shortlisted. Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy establishing the parklets at these locations.

Council has also worked with businesses to increase footpath dining where streets/laneways adjacent to restaurants and cafes are closed to enable alfresco dining. Car parks and other vacant land near to restaurants and cafes have also been converted into outdoor dining venues at these locations.

Check out the list of new al-fresco dining opportunities or browse the Outdoor Dining Locations on the map below

Council has worked with businesses to ensure conditions are met such as undertaking road safety audits, providing COVID-19 Safe Plans and providing supporting documentation that makes this a positive and safe experience for everyone.

These initiatives support the State Government’s recent Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package and direction to make widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer.

Let us know how you’re enjoying the new outdoor dining experiences on offer, provide your feedback

Find out more information



Get Involved

Council welcomes feedback on the initiatives to help successfully develop and deliver the program to the satisfaction of the whole community.

We moved quickly on this because of the impact of COVID – and may need to adjust as we go. We’re keen to hear how you think we’re doing and ideas on how we can do it better.

  1. Check out all the new al-fresco dining opportunities on our map above
  2. Please complete our community feedback survey which Council will be regularly reviewing.
  3. We welcome you to share your thoughts and ideas on the extended Outdoor Dining Opportunities we’ve introduced. Place a note up on the virtual ideas wall below.


Out-door dining opportunities expand

The City of Maribyrnong, known for its foodie culture and love of celebrating, is creating more out-door dining opportunities so residents can safely enjoy the city’s restaurant and café scene in a COVID-19 environment.

While restrictions may be easing, it’s still not business as usual with physical distancing continuing to restrict the number of patrons at restaurants and cafes. Council is working with businesses to increase their footprint, which in turn enables an increased number of patrons who can dine at a safe 1.5 metre distance from each other.

This includes the introduction of the innovative parklet program which will be trialled for six months. Parklets are re-purposed parking bays which are designed to accommodate out door dining and seating. With many residents still working from home car spaces are not being used as frequently, so bays have been re-imagined as an active space to provide a greater return to our city.

In September Council sought expressions of interest from hospitality outlets looking to establish parklets. 41 applications came in, from which 31, which met defined criteria (including a road safety audit) were shortlisted. Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy establishing the parklets at these locations.

Council has also worked with businesses to increase footpath dining where streets/laneways adjacent to restaurants and cafes are closed to enable alfresco dining. Car parks and other vacant land near to restaurants and cafes have also been converted into outdoor dining venues at these locations.

Check out the list of new al-fresco dining opportunities or browse the Outdoor Dining Locations on the map below

Council has worked with businesses to ensure conditions are met such as undertaking road safety audits, providing COVID-19 Safe Plans and providing supporting documentation that makes this a positive and safe experience for everyone.

These initiatives support the State Government’s recent Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package and direction to make widespread outdoor dining safe, practical and a reality this summer.

Let us know how you’re enjoying the new outdoor dining experiences on offer, provide your feedback

Find out more information



Get Involved

Council welcomes feedback on the initiatives to help successfully develop and deliver the program to the satisfaction of the whole community.

We moved quickly on this because of the impact of COVID – and may need to adjust as we go. We’re keen to hear how you think we’re doing and ideas on how we can do it better.

  1. Check out all the new al-fresco dining opportunities on our map above
  2. Please complete our community feedback survey which Council will be regularly reviewing.
  3. We welcome you to share your thoughts and ideas on the extended Outdoor Dining Opportunities we’ve introduced. Place a note up on the virtual ideas wall below.