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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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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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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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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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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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Indian restaurants

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

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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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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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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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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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Nieuw Amsterdam

New American cuisine ditches the dude food tag and gets sophisticated at this New York-style bar/eatery, with Michael Roszbach (ex Cookie) in charge.

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Trunk

Stow away food and wine to your heart's content at this spacious restaurant, diner and bar boasting one of the CBD's largest outdoor courtyards.

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Saint.Urban

Praise Saint.Urban, patron saint of winemakers and now the classy wine bar and dining room that attracts Richmond locals and gastro tourists alike.

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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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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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Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.

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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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Bhoj

Succumb to the rule of Bhoj and dine like royalty on fine, highly awarded and perfectly spiced Indian fare while boats bob on the NewQuay waterfront.

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Vegie Bar

A Fitzroy institution serving up vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes from around the world, with organic wine and beer to boot. Be ready to queue.

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Easey's

Take a ride on the nostalgic side with burgers and beers in commuter train carriages of yore and brekky in the Zone 1 cafe. Easey like Sunday morning.

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Misuzu's

Let the Japanese lanterns strung in trees lend ambience to your rustic, if not innovatively executed, Japanese fare paired with a tipple of rice wine.

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