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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bluebonnet Barbecue

Hit front bar Loretta for a whisky to go with your ribs, slaw and brisket chilli cheese fries.

Pascale Bar & Grill

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

Gingerboy

The clever interior replicates the night sky, while the fare is quick, fresh and a bit flashy.

Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos and snacks.

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Tuck into burgers, spiked shakes and waffles in your own private caravan or at the picnic tables.

Ludlow Bar and Dining Room

Set on the banks of the Yarra River between Southbank and the casino district, Ludlow Bar and...

Pezzo

Savour all the flavours of your favourite Italian meals tucked into an extra special pita pocket.

Bhoj

Succumb to the rule of Bhoj and dine royally on perfectly spiced Indian fare by the waterfront.

Shop Ramen

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

Rupert on Rupert

Visit Rupert for unpretentious drinks with friends and moreish pizza in an oh-so-Collingwood space.

Entrecôte

Steak out pasture-fed Black Angus beef from Hopkins River at this Parisian steakhouse and cafe.

Chingón

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

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