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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The Press Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Press Club


Treat yourself to head chef Luke Croston's elegant degustation menu or go all out with the experimental Press Club Projects private dining experience.

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Sahara Nights

Brunswick East

Sahara Nights is located on the restaurant strip of Lygon Street, Brunswick East and offers Turkish and Mediterranean dishes with a side serving of...

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Va Tutto


Va Tutto, an asset to busy Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe, is a smart restaurant, catering for both bistro and grander dining. The food is...

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The Grace Darling, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

The Grace Darling Hotel


Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the staff are pleasing, the claypot chicken parma is reliably comforting, and the music is as loud as you like it.

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Flower Drum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Flower Drum


Invent a special occasion to get yourself to Flower Drum and dig into the novel Cantonese fare that garnered three more hats in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Mr Wolf, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Mr Wolf

St Kilda

Put your watch away 'cause it's always pizza time at Mr Wolf, Karen Martini's bastion of classic pizzas, rustic Italian dishes and regional wines.

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Cafe Lalibela


If Africa is on your list of top world destinations, then get an advance tour at Cafe Lalibela in Footscray, just five kilometres west of the CBD....

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East Empress

Glen Waverley

Having gained a fantastic reputation since the restaurant opened more than 20 years ago, East Empress serves fine Chinese cuisine in the heart of...

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Cellar Door

Shadowfax Wines


With a strong focus on design and quality, Shadowfax has quickly established an enviable reputation for premium wines and boutique style.

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Trunk Diner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Trunk Diner


The first bite of Trunk Diner's cheeseburger-and-apple-pie goodness brings back memories of diners from across the USA, right here in Melbourne.

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