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Foodie facts

Melbourne is Australia's culinary capital and has the numbers to prove it. Get the facts behind Victoria's love of all things food.

  • Melbourne has more than 3,500 restaurants and serves up cuisines from more than 70 countries.
  • Melbourne is home to the highest-ranking Australian restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked number 32.
  • In early 2015, Melbourne will be the first Australian city to welcome a Michelin-starred restaurant: Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. The festival hosts more than 200 events and attracts around 300,000 people each year.
  • Victoria is home to 21 different wine regions, more than 800 wineries, 600 cellar doors and some 30 craft breweries.
  • On average, Melbourne imports 30 tonnes of coffee beans each day – enough to make 3 million daily cuppas. 
  • The volume of Melbourne's coffee-bean imports has increased by around 780% in the past decade.
  • Melbourne’s Anthony Femia from Spring Street Grocer ranked fourth in the 2013 World Contest of the Best Cheesemonger Competition. He was the only Australian to make the top ten.
  • An estimated 2000 farmers sell their produce each month at genuine farmers markets across Victoria.

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Melbourne restaurants

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars.


Savour an evening at Australia's best restaurant, ranked #32 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Raise a toast to regional producers, hatted chefs and pioneering vintners at fab festival events.


Build an enviable cellar with wines sourced exclusively from Victoria's 21 distinct wine regions.

Craft breweries

Tour the Victorian countryside and inner-city suburbs to discover hand-crafted and artisan beer.


Get a taste for Melbourne's coffee culture with a perfect brew or beans from the city's best cafes.