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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Il Bacaro

Il Bacaro's the kind of the place that could have opened last week or ten years ago, which it did.

+39

Dial +39 and let Italy know there are some special pies being hauled from the oven at +39 Pizzeria.

Café Di Stasio

Settle in for a night of classic Italian fare at this St Kilda institution, now in its third decade.

Bad Frankie

Fitzroy's Bad Frankie is a true blue bar offering Australian boutique spirits and gourmet jaffles.

Supper Inn

Soak up the atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu.

Rosetta Ristorante

Twist your fork around the handmade pasta and seasonal Italian fare at Neil Perry's Italian foray.

Donovans

Get the feeling you're at a cosy beachside home at Donovans – of someone who cooks to perfection.

Pascale Bar & Grill

Dress up to play dinner at this fine dining modern-European bistro at the oh-so-boutique QT hotel.

Tom Phat

Jostle the locals for a table at this long-time Brunswick favourite for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Red Spice Road

Red Spice Road on McKillop Street in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD brings you all the spice and...

Rockwell and Sons

Visit an upmarket US-style diner that matches fine dining pedigree with guilty fast food flavours.

Akachochin

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

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