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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vegetarian

Melbourne has your animal-free dining needs covered - choose from casual community eateries, inner-city dining halls and fine dining restaurants.

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Miss Katie's Crab Shack

Let the feast begin at Miss Katie's Crab Shack, where every meal of fresh crabs is a celebration.

Polē Polē

Take it easy, sip on African beers and order plenty of snacks at African-inspired bar Polé Polé.

Portello Rosso

Think big and order the excellent seafood paella or a variety of tapas from behind the red doorway.

Shop Ramen

Delve into delicious soups with handmade ramen, steamed buns with special sauce and sweet, sweet pie.

Bang Bang at the Rifle Club

Get more bang for your dining buck at this rifle-club turned Indochine-inspired cafe and bar.

Il Solito Posto

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this Italian inspired menu is worth returning for.

Chingón

Take it to the streets at Chingón, street for 'awesome' and serving up six street-food style tacos.

Atlas Dining

Travel your tastebuds with the ever-evolving menu at Atlas. The itinerary changes every four months.

MoVida Next Door

Fortify yourself on a cultural night out in Melbourne with Spanish wine and decadent bar snacks.

The Point Albert Park

Set aside plenty of time to experience the creative seasonal menu hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

Panama Dining Room

Uncover a cavernous space with a classy menu, grand views, a crammed bar and even a ping-pong comp.

Cumulus Up

Local and international wines paired with a soon-to-be-classic confit duck-filled waffle. Perfect!

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