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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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Markov, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Markov

Carlton

Welcome beer, cider and comfort food. The new Markov menu places fun and affordability over fancy and finicky – and the punters couldn't be happier.

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Bistro Vite

Docklands

Only ten minutes walk from the CBD in its new location at Yarra's Edge on the south side of Docklands, Bistro Vite is the perfect place to meet...

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Brunswick Street Cider House

Fitzroy

The humble cider has been elevated to new heights at Ben Day’s Brunswick Street Cider House in Fitzroy. With eight ciders on tap from Kelly Brothers’...

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Kamel Restaurant

Albert Park

In a street full of cafes, Kamel Restaurant in Albert Park is one that stands out from the crowd with its inventive mezze menu and comical spelling....

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Madame Sousou

Fitzroy

Madame Sousou is a Fitzroy hotspot, especially on weekends, where brunch stretches to lunch and eases into dinner. The restaurant's decoupage wall of...

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A La Bouffe Bistro & Bar

South Yarra

French-born chef Jacky Frenot is behind A La Bouffe on Toorak Road in South Yarra. With an impressive five-year stint at Chez Olivier and before...

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SlowDown! at HarleyCourt

St Kilda

Inspired by the Slow Food movement, St Kilda restaurant SlowDown! at HarleyCourt has its focus set on a winning formula of affordable food and...

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Conservatory at Crown Melbourne

Southbank

With breathtaking interior by Blainey North, a custom-made theatre-style open kitchen and a commitment to using quality ingredients, Conservatory...

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Trunk, Melbourne, Victoria. Australia

Trunk

Melbourne

Stow away food and wine to your heart's content at this spacious restaurant, diner and bar boasting one of the CBD's largest outdoor courtyards.

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Mister Bianco

Kew

The very talented Joseph Vargetto of Mezzo Bar & Grill is serving the flavours of Southern Italy at Mister Bianco. With a name that harks back to his...

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