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Start at under-bridge floating bar Ponyfish Island then head back to dry land at Arbory Bar, on the banks of the Yarra River next to Flinders Street Station. Ask to be pointed towards the station underpass and follow signs to cafe-lined Degraves Street. Just over Flinders Lane in Centre Place you'll see Shandong Mama Mini: pocket-sized place, perfect dumplings. Spark up with coffee at Dukes Coffee Roasters, then continue along Flinders Lane to all-day mod-Asian canteen Supernormal. Turn right into Hosier Lane and check out the street art on the way to Spanish MoVida and its next-door bar, MoVida Next Door. 1km
This train platform turned outdoor bar and eatery offers the perfect excuse to miss your next train, from espresso hour till espresso-martini hour.
Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.
Clinging to a pylon beneath the pedestrian bridge over the Yarra to Southbank, you'll find a pop-up oasis of beer, coffee and tasty toasties.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this humble family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from China's Shandong province.
With sustainability at the heart of Dukes, it makes sense that the coffee roasters would set up in Ross House to bring coffee to the masses.
From local single malts to obscure internationals, whisky cocktails and whisky matched with food, Melbourne pours it, shakes it, cooks it, nails it.
Discover where chefs like to eat when they're not in their own kitchens. Check out Ben Shrewry, Andrew McConnell, Jerry Mai and Matthew Bax's picks.
Chapel Street takes in four suburbs over six kilometres. Known for its fashion, it's also an eating and food-shopping strip worth a hungry ramble.
Bedtime is anytime in Melbourne. Take an after-midnight stroll to night-owl restaurants and bars that see moonlight as a green light.
This seaside promenade shows off St Kilda's delights – beachfront dining, arty Italian - before heading to cafe-dotted Carlisle Street, Balaclava.
Carlton's Italian heart means coffee, pizza, pasta and wine loom large and lovely, along with Thai detours, a cheese fix and restorative bookstore browse.
Dine out in Melbourne's little Vietnam, a bustling strip that also appeals for Thai, Japanese and Chinese eats. Top it off with a local craft brew.
Take a sugar-fuelled zoom through the city, inhaling fantasy desserts, frozen treats, fancy cakes, classic pastries and finely worked chocolate.
Coffee, croissant, coffee, cake, repeat: caffeination is interspersed with baked beauties on a trail that covers Fitzroy classics and hip new players.
Many of Melbourne's treasures are hidden in basements, down alleys, on rooftops or behind secret doors. Unlock some mysteries with this insider wander.
To walk these Fitzroy and Collingwood eat streets is to see Melbourne in all its edible glory: fun, creative, resourceful, delicious and hospitable.
Melbourne does dumplings by the steamer-basket load. Be the judge of the best xiao long bao and pot stickers at these local favourite dumpling houses.
Make getting out of bed worthwhile: rise and shine with connoisseur coffee and mouthwatering meals at Melbourne's favourite breakfast spots.
Get a taste of the best restaurants, eat streets, drinking dens, produce markets and grocery stores in foodie Melbourne, Australia's culinary capital.
Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.