MELBOURNE | Mat’s Hot Shop was launched by hot sauce aficionado Mat Garthwaite in late 2019. First as an online store then as a physical store in Collingwood in late 2022. Working as a touring DJ in New York, Mat fell in love with the hot sauce shops and culture around hot sauce that he saw in the US, and wanted to bring that experience to Melbourne.
The concept is simple – to offer the best hot sauces, chilli oils, and spicy condiments from around the world. On the shelves you’ll find around 150 different products. Aussie and US hot sauces form a big part of the offering, with Mat particularly keen on supporting local, independent, small-batch producers. You’ll also find products from places like Canada, New Zealand, and Japan.
You don’t have to be a chilli fiend to enjoy what’s on offer at Mat’s Hot Shop either. The intensity of each hot sauce is shown on the labels, with a good mix of mild sauces, and “blow your head off” intense ones.
Every single product on the shelves is available to try before you buy. Simply load up your basket with the sauces that you’re interested in, and the staff will take you through an ordered sample of them, from mildest to hottest. This way, you can appreciate the flavours and complexities of each without having your palate impacted.
Be sure to try Mat’s own hot sauces when you visit. Mat’s award winning peach and mango hot sauce, Peachango Tango, is brilliant. Any questions about anything, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to help.
Mat’s Hot Shop
204A Wellington Street
Telephone: (03) 9119 5637
E-mail: [email protected]
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 5:00pm