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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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Hellenic Republic, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

Hellenic Republic

Brunswick East

Do your best to save room for George Calombaris' famed loukoumades after blitzing the very meaty banquet at the celebrity chef's northern outpost.

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Pizza Meine Leibe, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

Pizza Meine Liebe

Northcote

Declare your love for pizza along with Northcote locals in the know and pizza aficionados from far and wide who know that fresh and simple are best.

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Bamboo House

Melbourne

If you fancy feasting on the distinct flavours of northern China in a discreetly relaxed setting, then Bamboo House restaurant, a Melbourne...

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Casa Ciuccio, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Casa Ciuccio

Fitzroy

You're no donkey for dining at Casa Ciuccio, named for the Neapolitan term for the noble beast and serving sumptuous slow-cooked meat from a coal pit.

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The Brunswick Mess Hall

The Brunswick Mess Hall

Brunswick

The Brunswick Mess Hall takes all the elements of an amazing venue and smashes them together, creating a concoction that's to everyone's taste. The...

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Los Amates, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Los Amates

Fitzroy

Accept responsibility for piling warm tortillas high with a range of well-executed taco fillings, and delight in yummy mole and smoky chipotle prawns.

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Smith & Daughters, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Photo: Michael Danischewski

Smith & Daughters

Fitzroy

It's only at the end of a meal at Brunswick Street's Latino eatery Smith & Daughters that you remember that not a scrap of meat has passed your lips.

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Bar Santo Trattoria

St Kilda

Daytime finds Bar Santo Trattoria laid back and casual, but after 6pm the linen comes out, the lights are dimmed and the mood is set to impress. But...

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Easy Tiger, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Easy Tiger

Collingwood

This Thai-inspired eatery won a chef’s hat from The Age Good Food Guide and continues to excite Smith Street day-trippers and locals alike.

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Ambrosia Cafe

Berwick

A haven for foodies, Ambrosia functions as a cafe, bar and food store in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Having established itself in the area as a...

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Moroccan Soup Bar, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Moroccan Soup Bar

Fitzroy North

Relax in the well-cushioned interior, let the staff bring you the right amount of food, and embark on a gastronomical trip to the Middle East.

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The Moat, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Moat

Melbourne

Burrow beneath the Wheeler Centre, Literary Melbourne's literary heart, to Moat, for morning coffee and post-literary event vinous ruminations.

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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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Seven am

Port Melbourne

Ever since its opening in 2010, Port Melbourne locals have become addicted to Seven:am's rich coffee, tasty all day breakfast and cool atmosphere....

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Isthmus of Kra

South Melbourne

Sister restaurant to Carlton's Shakahari, Isthmus of Kra serves a creative repetoire of Nonya Thai fare from its home in South Melbourne. Taking...

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Little King Cafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Little King

Melbourne

Hide away from bustling Flinders Street and Federation Square in the Lilliputian haven that is Little King and tuck into home-baked goodies 'n coffee.

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BangPop restaurant, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

BangPop

South Wharf

Concede the busy-ness of the Chao Praya River for the Yarra but make no compromise on the authenticity of Thai street food at BangPop on South Wharf.

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La Contadina

Carlton

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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Casavini Ristorante

Doncaster East

Casavini Ristorante is a family-run Italian restaurant in the heart of Doncaster. Casavini has been serving its Mediterranean fare since 1988 and has...

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