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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Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lucy Liu


Give your tastebuds a flying kickstart with this pan-Asian culinary angel from chef Michael Lambie and the MAde Establishment. It's all action at this neon-lit laneway kitchen and bar.

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Spice Temple, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spice Temple


Once you've tried Neil Perry's two-hatted take on Chinese food in the seductive surrounds at Crown you'll find it hard to go back to lemon chicken.

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La Contadina


Experience authentic Italian food La Contadina, found in the heart of Melbourne's Little Italy in Carlton. The menu changes regularaly here,...

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Shark Fin Keysborough


Shark Fin Keysborough is the largest restaurant in the Shark Fin Group's chain of Chinese eateries. It's a big, bustling place serving excellent...

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Fatto, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Park your Vespa by this bar and cantina for daily deliciousness: contemporary Italian cuisine and fabulous riverside views. Open for lunch and dinner.

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The Fleece

South Melbourne

The Fleece Hotel, in South Melbourne, offers patrons the opportunity to drink and dine in a relaxed atmosphere. The food is a cut above your regular...

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Ants Bistro


Amid the plethora of Melbourne’s Chinatown restaurants on Little Bourke Street lies Ants Bistro – a simple, hidden-away diner specialising in the...

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MoVida Aqui, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

MoVida Aqui


Journey to the literal fire at the heart of MoVida and sample the Spanish love of cooking over coals, or a la plancha. Bring your mates for a banquet.

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The Wolf and I, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Wolf and I


Settle in for some truly delectable reinventions of classic pub fare amidst the rustic interiors and kitsch features of this Chapel Street favourite.

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Hoi’s Kitchen


Serving up some of Melbourne's best dim sum, Hoi's Kitchen offers value for money Asian cuisine from its comfortable, family-friendly dining room....

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