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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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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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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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Japanese eateries

Get a taste of the land of the rising sun at Melbourne's best Japanese eateries, from ramen shops and traditional izakaya to fine dining restaurants.

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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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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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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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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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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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Dumplings

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.

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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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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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Akachochin

Eat and drink your way around Japan by matching sake to the regions from whence the food originates.

China Red

Touch screens and fish-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you in, the novelty will.

Shoya

Have your fill of the Japanese BBQ before belting out a karaoke classic in the private rooms.

Spice Temple

Succumb to Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown.

L'Hotel Gitan

Stop your caravan for classic French fare from the Reymond family – this is a pub with pedigree.

Choo Choo's

Slide into an intimate booth in the Toff in Town's Carriage Room for Thai food and fancy drinks.

The Atlantic

Feast on wild and sustainable fish and unique oyster varieties prepared with the gentlest touch.

The Merrywell

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive pub.

Hotel Jesus

Say amen for Hotel Jesus, Smith Street's in-your-face Mexican taqueria and 'Taco Wey' joint.

Woodland House

Dress up, don the jewels and play the part while fine dining in the beloved grand Prahran mansion.

Bon Ap'

Pop into breezy Bon Ap' to get your fix of traditional French fare without the white tablecloths.

Meatmaiden

You've met Meatmother, now meet Meatmaiden, a basement den of meat, craft beer and bourbon.

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