Gingerboy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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.

Best restaurants
A table at Melbourne's most notable restaurants is well worth the wait. Consider critically acclaimed Melbourne dining institutions Attica, Flower Drum or Vue de Monde, or any of the many restaurants listed in The Age Good Food or Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Eat streets and cheap eats
Explore Melbourne one culinary precinct at a time. Go for Italian in Lygon Street, Carlton, Vietnamese in Victoria Street, Richmond, and Lebanese in Sydney Road, Brunswick. Weigh in on the best-dumpling debate in CBD's Chinatown, and find yourself spoilt for choice in Footscray, where Vietnamese and African restaurants sit side by side.

Join throngs of locals at cheap eats institutions across the city – try Richmond's Thy Thy, Flemington's Laksa King and the CBD's Camy Shanghai Dumpling – and hit up social media to follow Melbourne's army of mobile food vans.

Long lunches and late-night haunts 
Check out Sunday lunch specials at big-name restaurants or let your good intentions go in a beer garden with gourmet fare.

For late night bites, follow the hospitality crowd into famous Supper Inn, slide into a booth at Choo Choo's at the Toff, or stay up at Cumulus Up. Northside, city or south, wherever you are, you'll find somewhere to sate a late-night appetite. 


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Red Emperor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Red Emperor


Enjoy river views with yum cha, banquets or a la carte dining with provincial Chinese specialties, at this popular Southgate establishment. Book ahead.

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Wabi Sabi, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Wabi Sabi Salon


Graze over a few share plates of authentic and fusion-style dishes at what's probably Melbourne's favourite Japanese diner, a Smith Street stalwart.

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Estelle Bistro, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Estelle Bistro


Stop in for oysters, bistro snacks and charcuterie, delve into mains or go all out with the five-course chef's menu at this local hero.

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The Atlantic, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Atlantic


Feast on wild and sustainable fish and unique oyster varieties prepared with the gentlest touch at this esteemed ocean-to-plate restaurant.

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Baby Pizza, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Baby Pizza


Leave your ceramic wine jugs at the door and ditch the red-checked tablecloths, this Baby treats you to Italian food in decidedly stylish surrounds.

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Feast Of Merit, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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111 Spring Street Restaurant

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Windsor


The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne has been serving traditional afternoon tea since 1883. Their five star hotel in Melbourne serves its famous afternoon...

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Fukuryu Ramen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fukuryu Ramen


Make your way to Chinatown's hidden gem, Fukurya Ramen, and slurp up their authentic Ramen offerings, straight from the streets of Japan.

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Naked for Satan, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Naked for Satan


Fill a plate with pintxos (tapas-style morsels), order a house-infused vodka cocktail and tally your toothpicks at the end of the night for the bill.

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Mr Nice Guy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mr Nice Guy


Thai fusion eatery, Mr Nice Guy is making a lot of new friends downtown, with its coconut pancakes, fresh oysters and vege-rich lunchtime curries.

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Did you know?

Melbourne is home to the highest-ranking Australian restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked number 32.

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