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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Cheap eats have long been part of the city's dining scene and there are plenty of places to treat your tastebuds without stretching the credit.

Discover the local favourites keeping students and cheap dates alive.

For cheap and tasty Asian food, try restaurants and supermarkets on Victoria Street, Richmond. Go west for affordable pho, budget-friendly African food and great produce in Footscray.

Choose a cheap eatery on Little Bourke Street, Chinatown, or scout surrounding Russell, Swanston and Bourke streets for student haunts dishing up Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese and more.

Sniff out affordable lunch specials at Melbourne's top restaurants or pull up a bar stool for pub grub deals. Further out, tuck into excellent yum cha and other affordable Chinese feasts in Box Hill.

Feast for next to nothing with a trip to the deli halls of Melbourne's favourite produce markets. Join the locals queuing for kranskys at Queen Victoria Market and dim sims at South Melbourne Market, or get budget bites from food trucks at a hipster hangout near you.

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Supper Inn

Soak up the bustling atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu, featuring favourites like suckling pig.

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8bit

Unlock the next level of indulgence and put the 8bit team's claim to make Melbourne's best burgers, milkshakes, fries and hotdogs to the test.

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HuTong Dumpling Bar

Demand is deservedly high here for an alluring menu of homemade dim sum, especially the exquisite xiao long bao, and other provincial delights.

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Banoi

Settle into Banoi for a dose of modern Vietnamese street stall goodness. Classic flavours and sleek fitout, it's no wonder the locals are loving it.

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China Red

Touch-screen ordering and marine-animal-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you into this HuTong off-shoot, the novelty value surely will.

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Mamak

From roti to nasi lemak, Mamak's got your Malaysian street food cravings sorted. And their cheap and cheerful menu will save you a few pennies too.

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Jimmy Grants

George Calomabaris pays homage to his heritage at his licensed souvlaki bar with souvas, salads and snacks punters can eat in, in style, or take away.

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I Love Pho 264

You're not really supposed to eat pho beyond breakfast o'clock, but the aromatic broth fits the bill just as well at lunch and dinner, too.

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Huxtaburger

If you reckon less is more in the burger kingdom, look no further than Huxtaburger, where five tasty burgers, crinkle cut chips and cans of beer rule.

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Rockwell and Sons

Visit an upmarket diner that matches fine dining with the best of American fast food goodness. Book ahead for the weekly fried chicken dinner.

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Meatmother

Meat lovers unite at Meatmother – a celebration of all things carnivorous and the smokin' joint that kicked off the American BBQ craze in Melbourne.

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Naked for Satan

Fill a plate with pintxos (tapas-style morsels), order a house-infused vodka cocktail and tally your toothpicks at the end of the night for the bill.

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Colonel Tan's

Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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Fonda Windsor

Start your evening upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy reimagined Mexican faves while you watch Chapel Street go by from behind the picket fence.

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Radio Mexico

Turn up your radio, 'cause you're gonna like what you're about to hear. Fresh. Healthy. Tasty. Democratic. Goes great with beer. It's Radio Mexico!

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Dainty Sichuan

Search high and low for a hotspot (or hotpot) fierier than Dainty Sichuan, a two-level, sweetly decorated space serving a menu of 60-plus specialties.

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Cantina St Kilda

Swing by for a classic margarita and stay on for a Tex-Mex feast of tacos, nachos and the like and late-night beats into the wee hours.

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Tokyo Tina

Check out Hanoi Hannah's youngest sibling for contemporary Japanese cuisine with added Korean flavour and a whole host of accompanying tipples.

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