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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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Trunk Diner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Trunk Diner

Melbourne

The first bite of Trunk Diner's cheeseburger-and-apple-pie goodness brings back memories of diners from across the USA, right here in Melbourne.

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Bokchoy Tang, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bokchoy Tang

Melbourne

Treat your tastebuds to the tangy flavours of contemporary Northern Chinese cuisine. Dip into yum cha or indulge in the full fine dining experience.

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St Edmonds

Prahran

Retaining its original design features from its humble beginnings as a garage, St Edmonds café in Prahran has captured the cool-casual Melbourne vibe...

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Apte Cafe

Alphington

In leafy Alphington, apte is a busy neighbourhood café that shows no signs of slowing. The expansive interior is filled with natural light from the...

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Middle Brighton Baths - Cafe & Restaurant

Brighton

Middle Brighton Baths Cafe and Restaurant has the recipe for the good life: the sea, a gym, a casual cafe and a dressier upstairs restaurant. The...

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En Izakaya

Balaclava

Japanese restaurant En Izakaya brings a touch of diversity to the Balaclava dining scene. Perfect for date-night, the moodily lit and minimalistic...

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Left Bank

Southbank

Left Bank brings together great food and premium products in the vibrant Southbank promenade on the bank of the Yarra River. Left Bank is a spacious,...

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Machi

St Kilda

Walk through the nondescript frontage on Inkerman Street and discover Machi, a Japanese restaurant and bar that exceeds expectations. Art...

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Hannah’s Bar at Epocha

Carlton

Rathdowne Street’s renowned Epocha restaurant is also home to the beautiful Hannah’s Bar. Named after the original owner of the property, the bar is...

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Bluestone Restaurant Bar

Melbourne

Housed within an historic woolshed, in the centre of the city, Bluestone Restaurant Bar is one of Melbourne’s most established venues. A favourite...

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