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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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Charlie Dumpling

Charlie gives traditional dumplings a modern makeover and delivers delicious Asian fusion morsels. Save room for dessert: chocolate dumplings, anyone?

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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Bring an appetite for excess at Perry's original, with the wines as fine as the pampered meats. Awarded two hats by The Age Good Food Guide.

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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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Ramblr

Expect Euro-bistro-inspired date-worthy fare and an expertly curated wine list at this casual fine-diner from the team behind Leonard's House of Love.

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Vue de monde

Climb to level 55 of Melbourne's Rialto tower and find out why Vue de monde consistently scores three hats from The Age Good Food Guide.

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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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Philippe

Become a regular at Philippe Mouchel's French bistro, which brings a touch of je ne sais quoi and rotisserie chook to the Paris End of Collins Street.

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400 Gradi

400 Gradi nails the classic margherita like no other pizzeria. Grab a slice and see why this Lygon St restaurant got the world's best pizza award.

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Kenzan

Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done. Pull up a chair in the sleek, dark wood interior and enjoy all the classics.

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Belle's Hot Chicken Fitzroy

Dig into Nashville-inspired spicy fried chicken with classic southern sides, beers and bourbons, and tap your foot to Belle's signature soundtrack.

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The Merrywell

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive gastro-pub, which also boasts an epic cocktail list.

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Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

Treat the bar of the laidback Fitzroy eatery like it's your local, then swan into the dining room to feast on perfectly executed European classics.

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