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'What did you eat' is usually the first question after a night out in Melbourne, and the answer could be just about anything thanks to Melbourne's dizzying array of dining options and the city-wide emphasis on the stomach.

Multicultural mix and wallet-friendly eats
Trawl Melbourne's distinct ethnic dining precincts to feed a craving for those just-back-from-holiday hankerings for authentic Pad Thai, South Indian curry, Yucatecan cochinita pibil, or Middle Eastern mezze. The city's traditional multicultural mix is represented on the plate and new ingredients are constantly being added.

Depending on how far from payday you are, there's a dining option to suit. Fill up at the myriad ethnic eateries or the buzzing cafes with their filling baguettes and single origin coffees. Plenty of upmarket restaurants offer mid-week lunch specials to let you taste how the other half dine.

Finest dining
The Melburnian love of a good meal has placed the city in the top echelons of global dining, with Anthony Bourdain famously declaring, 'I'd rather eat in Melbourne than Paris.' Local chefs hone their skills around the world, then return home to establish one-of-a-kind restaurants in typically Melbourne venues. Many of the world's best chefs set up Melbourne outposts or guest-chef at local favourites to complement the scene.

Eat your own adventure
Eating out in Melbourne can be an adventure, thanks to an increasing number of LA-style mobile food vans and their use of social media to advertise their changing locations. Sign up, track them down, and pig out.


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Middle Park Hotel

Middle Park

The refurbished Middle Park Hotel, one of Albert Park’s most iconic hotels, has a new restaurant with a very vintage vibe. Decorated in the theme of...

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The Abyssinian Restaurant, Kensington, Victoria, Australia

The Abyssinian


Round up your mates for a traditional feast of Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes with Injera bread. Enjoy hearty African slow food with African beers.

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Luxembourg Bar and Bistro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


St Kilda

Share plates of classic and modern European-style fare at this bar and bistro from contemporary dining's dream team Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson.

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Hidden away in Melbourne's CBD, Lounge bar and restaurant serves as a watering hole for an eclectic crowd of students, suits and passersby. If you're...

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Milan at Kew


Now under new ownership, this long-running restaurant offers some style, some enterprising signature dishes, moderate prices and a friendly...

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World Restaurant & Bar


World boasts an extensive food and cocktail menu, 99 wines and over 80 different beers from around the world. Whether it is a quiet beer on the...

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Infusion Restaurant

Glen Waverley

It is not just travellers you will see here dining amongst the beautiful Infusion Restaurant of the Novotel Glen Waverley, but smart locals. The...

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The Wilde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Wilde


Enjoy an inspired evening at The Wilde or 'bar le transformateur', an ever-evolving bar and restaurant full of art, pianos and projector screens.

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Eden Restaurant


Located in the historic Pentridge Village just off Sydney Road, Eden Restaurant serves an exotic array of Lebanese cuisine. The unique and...

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Lucky's Pizzeria

Carlton North

Servicing both students and the Carlton crowd alike, Lucky’s Pizzeria offers good food without pretentiousness. This simple restaurant is warm and...

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