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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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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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Indian restaurants

Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

Osteria Ilaria

Joining the ranks of sibling Tipo 00 but casting the net even wider with sophisticated bistro fare.

Carlton Wine Room

Get a dose of old-school hospitality and progressive European flavours at this new Carlton hotspot.

BKK

Dubbed BKK in an ode to Bangkok Airport, step inside and enjoy some serious Thai cuisine.

Estelle Bistro

Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie or delve into delicious mains at Estelle Bistro.

Long Chim

Accept the invitation to 'come, try and taste' legendary David Thompson's take on Bangkok street food.

Misuzu's

Let the Japanese lanterns lend ambience to your rustic, if not innovatively executed, Japanese fare.

La Tortilleria

Bring your amigos to share platters of street food and taste the most authentic tortillas in town.

Souk

Souk serves up flavours of Arabia, North Africa and Anatolia in a slick venue down a hidden alley.

Middle Fish

Expect great southern Thai food here, with just a smattering of seafood, for brunch, lunch or dinner.

Le Bon Ton

Letting the good times roll is easy when all-night oysters, champagne and absinthe are involved.

Rice Queen

All hail the queen of rice, who serves up tasty Asian food and lures you into her karaoke room.

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