Parce, Melbourne CBD (Online)

MELBOURNE | Parce is a new Melbourne arepa delivery business just launched by Bogota born and raised pastry chef Manuel Rubio. As is the case with many of these sorts of businesses that have popped up since 2020, Parce started as a way for Manuel, who usually works at All Are Welcome, to keep busy during lockdown.

Manuel has always had a passion for food, cooking family meals at home in Bogota long before he decided to turn it into a career. He studied Gastronomy at La Universidad de La Sabana, and worked as a pastry chef for several years before moving to Melbourne to do a masters in Publishing and Communications.

His ethos, when it comes to food, is about showing love, connecting with people, and respecting ingredients, tradition, and Colombia’s culinary heritage.

Parce is a natural evolution of this. Making these arepas is a three day process. This is becuase Manuel makes masa (corn flour) from scratch, in the same way his abuelas (grandmothers) used to do it. Parce is a way for Manuel to stay connected with home, and to bring a piece of Colombia to Melbourne.

You can order plain arepas, or cheese filled ones, and you can tell the passion that’s gone into each one. They’re up there with the best that I enjoyed in Colombia. I recommend enjoying the cheese one (arepa de queso) as it is. For the plain one (arepa paisa), top it simply with queso Colombiano (similar to ricotta) and avocado. Pair it with a not overly sweet hot chocolate, and you’ll be transported back to Colombia.

You can order online during the week for Sunday delivery.


Online Store
Victoria 3000

Telephone: 042 609 9404
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 24 hours a day

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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