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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Supernormal

There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.

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Paladarr

Take your tastebuds on a tour of north-eastern Thailand via Melbourne's suburbs, or opt for Thai standards plus a host of tantalising desserts.

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Fonda Flinders Lane

Take your tastebuds to Mexico at Fonda Mexican, where their signature burritos, tacos and antojitos keep diners coming back for a flavour fiesta.

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Green Park

Weekend dining, New Orleans jazz and kids' menus – the guys know the North Fitzroy demographic. Brekky, lunch or evening drinks, it's all you need.

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Smith Street Alimentari

Head down to Smith Street's friendly neighbourhood deli. Choose from ready-made meals, lunch specials and kitchen essentials to eat in or take away.

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Claypots

Dig deep into your claypot to discover whatever flavoursome delights the deep blue sea yielded that day, best enjoyed in the ivy-walled courtyard.

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Entrecôte

Steak out pasture-fed Black Angus beef from Hopkins River at this Parisian steakhouse, where indecision is easily fixed – you're having steak frites.

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Cutler & Co.

You can't argue with two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and two stars from the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

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Supermaxi

Beg the pardon of the entrenched Fitzroyalty and squeeze into a table to taste for yourself the acclaimed Ladro-style pizza and sublimely silky pasta.

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Sun Moth Canteen

Kick start your morning with fresh muesli for brekky and then hurry on back after work for dinner, complete with cheese board and local vino.

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Carlisle Wine Bar

Settle in for a long lunch or an even longer dinner as hearty serves of rustic Mediterranean cuisine and robust wine matches appear in front of you.

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The Wilde

Enjoy an inspired evening at The Wilde or 'bar le transformateur', an ever-evolving bar and restaurant full of art, pianos and projector screens.

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