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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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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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Le Bon Ton

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

Carlton Wine Room

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

Tulum

Get a taste of contemporary Turkish cuisine with chef Coskun Uysal's modern take on Anatolian recipes.

Cantina St Kilda

Swing by for a classic margarita and stay a little longer for a Tex-Mex feast and late-night beats.

Shoya

Have your fill of the Japanese BBQ before belting out a karaoke classic in the private rooms.

Cumulus Up

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

Cicciolina

Dig the retro fittings and modern Mediterranean cuisine of this St Kilda institution.

Runya's Room

Take your indulgent day out shopping to the next level at this champagne bar and high tea salon.

Akachochin

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

Estelle Bistro

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

Saint Crispin

Make an ordinary night special with Saint Crispin's seasonal menu and fine attention to detail.

Maha

Try chef Shane Delia's exotic menu and treat yourself to top-shelf Middle Eastern dining.

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