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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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Estelle by Scott Pickett

Extra-sensory perception, or Estelle by Scott Pickett. Either way, chef Scott Pickett's fine diner's name is spot on and the meal entirely indulgent.

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Fitzrovia

Try to decide what's more impressive out of the elevated city skyline views or the mod-Oz meal and cocktails at this spectacular St Kilda bistro.

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Donovans

Relax into the beachside homeliness of Donovans then be dazzled by the Mediterranean menu – winner of a hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Seamstress

Get stitched up with modern Cantonese food for dinner after aperitifs in the Indochine-style cocktail bar, finished with a nightcap in the basement.

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+39

Dial +39 and let Italy know there are some special pizzas being hauled out of the pizza oven on Little Bourke Street, at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Belle's Hot Chicken Windsor

With an outlet on Chapel Street, between Union and High streets, the southside crowd are finally getting their dose of crispy fried goodness.

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Bad Frankie

Bad Frankie reimagines Australian bar culture with a left-of-centre pairing of boutique, locally made spirits and gourmet jaffles. Try the lamington!

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Flower Drum

Create a special occasion so you can head to Flower Drum for novel Cantonese fare that garnered two more hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Carlton Wine Room

Get a dose of old-school hospitality, progressive European flavours and fine Italian wines at this up-to-the-minute Melbourne hotspot.

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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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Camus

Transport your tastebuds to Algeria's medinas with chef Pierre Khodja's combination of fragrant North African flavours and classic French cuisine.

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Noir

An appealing antidote to the influx of the hipster hoards into Swan Street, Noir stands out. The Age Good Food Guide likes what it sees too.

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