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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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Cecconi's

Push the boat out with a modern Italian feast at Cecconi's, purveyors of style and service and winners of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Gazi

Namesake of a hip Athens precinct, Gazi dishes up shareable street-style bites and sensational souvlakia with a Mythos, ouzo or amazing cocktail.

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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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Taxi Kitchen

Taxi Kitchen transports you above the city to fun fine dining, surrounded by iconic Melbourne views. Executive Chef Tony Twitchett has crafted a...

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Renzo's Bar Cafe Italiano

Renzo’s Bar: The Italian heart of NewQuay Situated in the heart of Docklands, Renzo's Bar Cafe Italiano was the first restaurant to open at NewQuay...

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Tenpin

Put your hand up if South East Asian flavours, an eclectic wine list, amazing cocktails and bay views in Port Melbourne doesn't tickle your fancy.

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Feast of Merit

Take your pick of what's going to leave you feeling most warm and fuzzy about dining on the Middle Eastern influenced fare at Feast of Merit.

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Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.

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Garden State Hotel

Get a group together for drinks and snacks or a meal at Garden State, a verdant, spacious alternative to Flinders Lane's teeny drinking dens.

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Ladro

Book in advance to get a taste of the gastronomic magic that is a Ladro pizza at the perennially popular pizzeria's original Gertrude Street location.

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Welcome to Thornbury

Save yourself the trouble of tracking down Melbourne's food trucks and head to the Northcote/Thornbury border where a roster of food trucks gather.

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Lûmé

Lûmé‘s multisensory tasting menu is a journey into the flavours, textures and ingredients not so frequently travelled. Lume focus on creating a...

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