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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Merrywell

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive gastro-pub, which also boasts an epic cocktail list.

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Renzo's Bar Cafe Italiano

Renzo’s Bar: The Italian heart of NewQuay Situated in the heart of Docklands, Renzo's Bar Cafe Italiano was the first restaurant to open at NewQuay...

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Bon Ap'

Take a walk down Brunswick Street and pop into breezy Bon Ap' to get your fix of traditional French favourites without the white tablecloths.

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Fatto

Park your Vespa by this bar and cantina for daily deliciousness: contemporary Italian cuisine and fabulous riverside views. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Easy Tiger

This Thai-inspired eatery, which won a hat from The Age Good Food Guide, continues to excite Smith Street day-trippers and locals alike.

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Izakaya Den

Watch the chefs behind the bar as they artfully slice up tasty morsels, while roaming waiters pour imported Japanese beers or cool, dry sakes.

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Vegie Bar

A Fitzroy institution serving up vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes from around the world, with organic wine and beer to boot. Be ready to queue.

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Boney

Loosen up to house, hip hop and disco classics in the bar, hit the club for live performances, or tuck into cheap and cheerful bites at Boney Yum Yum.

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Lentil as Anything

Food that's good for you, and the community. Line up for vegetarian and vegan dishes, and at the end of your meal, drop your money in the 'magic box'.

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Mercer's Restaurant

Venture off the beaten track and find yourself sitting on the balcony of an Eltham cottage dining on polished modern Aussie cuisine while birds chirp.

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The Gem Bar & Dining

Step into the wild west via your local pub and chow down on Texan-style barbecue and pub classics, prop up the front bar and catch a weekend gig.

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Pope Joan

Pope Joan's is the neighbourhood joint with more; a cosy cafe, bar, casual restaurant showcasing top local ingredients, and a produce store to boot.

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