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Dining out in this foodie town is serious – and seriously fun. Melbourne prides itself on its food and the city's dizzying array of dining options is testimony to its culinary reputation. Book ahead for award-winning fine-dining restaurants, queue up for iconic cheap eats, explore famous eat streets or track down the city's best food trucks. Whatever you do, come to town with an appetite.

A table at Melbourne's most notable restaurants is a treat worth travelling for. Consider critically acclaimed Attica, Flower Drum or Vue de Monde. Grab a spot at the bar for award winning food at Embla, or one of dining spots listed in The Age Good Food or Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Explore Melbourne's culinary precincts. Go for Italian in Lygon Street, Carlton, Vietnamese in Victoria Street, Richmond, and Lebanese in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Find the best-dumplings in CBD's Chinatown, and be spoilt for choice in Footscray's Vietnamese and African restaurants.

Check out Sunday lunch specials at big-name restaurants or let your good intentions go in a beer garden with gourmet fare.

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Cafes

Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.

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Pizza

Ride the pizza revival wave at some of the Melbourne's most popular pizzerias and join the oven-heated debate about who serves up the city's best.

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Best restaurants

Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.

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French fare

Find the perfect place for a tête-à-tête: wake up to petit dej in the city, lunch à la Rive Gauche at Southbank, and settle in for a southside soirée.

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Halal restaurants and food

Halal food is available all over Melbourne, with many halal restaurants and shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

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Late night dining

When there's no going home on an empty stomach and you're looking for something more than a kebab, these Melbourne eateries come to the rescue.

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Mexican restaurants

¡Ay, caramba! Fresh off the tortilla press comes a steady stream of Mexican restaurants that sing in summer and offer escape from the depths of winter.

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Long lunches

Linger over lunch in Melbourne. Check out some of our favourite restaurants and pubs for languorous lunches - the kind that end with sundowners.

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Indian restaurants

Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.

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Laneway dining

Dine like a local and find some of the city's favourite eateries tucked away upstairs, downstairs and behind bustling queues in Melbourne's laneways.

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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of many affordable restaurants.

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The Town Mouse

Like a little mouse you'll be scurrying to scavenge the crumbs of the rich, delectable dishes and fine wines on offer at Carlton's The Town Mouse.

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Belle's Hot Chicken Fitzroy

Dig into Nashville-inspired spicy fried chicken with classic southern sides, beers and bourbons, and tap your foot to Belle's signature soundtrack.

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Charcoal Lane

Sit back with a full stomach after the bush tucker meets fine dining experience, plus the warm fuzzy glow of supporting a worthy social initiative.

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Pizza Meine Liebe

Declare your love for pizza along with Northcote locals in the know and pizza aficionados from far and wide who know that fresh and simple are best.

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Markov

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

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Souk

Souk takes diners deep into the flavours of Arabia, North Africa and Anatolia in a slick venue down one of Melbourne's hidden city alleyways.

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Seamstress

Get stitched up with modern Cantonese food for dinner after aperitifs in the Indochine-style cocktail bar, finished with a nightcap in the basement.

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Woodland House

A date at Woodland House is an event to be taken seriously. Dress up, don the jewels and play the part while fine dining in the grand Prahran mansion.

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Garden State Hotel

Get a group together for drinks and snacks or a meal at Garden State, a verdant, spacious alternative to Flinders Lane's teeny drinking dens.

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Transformer Fitzroy

Housed in a former transformer warehouse, The Vegie Bar's high-end sibling may transform a carnivore or two with its seasonal vegetarian offerings.

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Lady Carolina

Feast on Latin American flavours with this East Brunswick lady. Dine at the cevicheria and pisco bar or get your LA street food on in the courtyard.

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The Woods of Windsor

Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.

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