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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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Middle Park Hotel, Middle Park, Victoria, Australia

Middle Park Hotel

Middle Park

Lick your lips at the prospect of meat with extra meat, with wonders created from retro cuts and an interior style to encourage carnivorous largesse.

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Shop Ramen, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Roberto Seba

Shop Ramen


Delve into delicious soups with handmade ramen, steamed buns with special sauce and sweet, sweet pie at this fully licensed casual Japanese eatery.

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Bomba, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba



Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.

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Little Creatures Dining Hall, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Little Creatures Dining Hall


Enjoy a little tipple from the brewery's fine selection of ales at this cavernous Fitzroy dining hall and bar. On the go? There's a bottle shop too.

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Mr Jennings, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mister Jennings


Sometimes the food speaks for itself and it veritably screams at you from Richmond's Mister Jennings, a welcome addition to the Bridge Road scene.

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China Red, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

China Red


Touch-screen ordering and marine-animal-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you into this HuTong off-shoot, the novelty value surely will.

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Kenzan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Thirty years on, Kenzan is still showing the new kids how it's done and picking up hats from The Age Good Food Guide in the process.

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Northern Light Bar & Eatery, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Northern Light Bar & Eatery


Remember what your mama told you and share Northern Light's moreish small plates with your friends – rules are off when it comes to the drinks list.

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The Table, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Table

St Kilda

Gather around the table and contemplate the endless possibilities of life, or just tuck into the presidential Latino platters and exotic tequilas.

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Da Noi, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Da Noi

South Yarra

Choose the Sardinian set menu, made with ingredients from the chef's farm and see what The Age Good Food Guide was raving about.

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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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