Eating and drinking in a carpark – Soi 38

Soi 38’s unassuming entrance


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a restaurant in a carpark – until now. The laneway scene in Melbourne keeps revealing surprises and today was no different. My work colleague suggested “Carpark Malaysian” for lunch and I thought she meant that the restaurant was called Carpark and it was Malaysian.

It is actually a Thai noodle house, it is called Soi 38 and is at the bottom of a Wilson carpark in a laneway of Little Collins Street. It is a bright little place with street vending vans serving as the counter and colourful laminate tables and stools at which you eat.

Leo and Laksa


The stunning Thai noodles can be washed down with $6 bottles of Leo beer. Bags of shredded pork crackling are also available. Yet another hidden gem in Melbourne. A unique experience.

Soi 38: 38 McIlwraith Place, Melbourne