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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Fitzrovia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


St Kilda

Try to decide what's more impressive out of the elevated city skyline views or the mod-Oz meal and cocktails at this spectacular St Kilda bistro.

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Circa, the Prince, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Circa, the Prince

St Kilda

Chef Ashly Hicks creates innovative, seasonal dishes with the best of Victoria's produce, complemented by Circa's contemporary spaces.

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Ludlow Bar & Dining Room

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room


Set on the banks of the Yarra River between Southbank and the casino district, Ludlow Bar & Dining Room boasts one of Melbourne's best positions for...

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Massive Wieners, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Massive Wieners


Get yourself on the, ahem, wieners board by chowing down 25 inches of hotdog, or just pop in and grab a snag of smaller stature to sate your appetite.

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Shifty Chevre, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Shifty Chevre


Stock up on cheese and all imaginable accoutrements, or stop in for coffee and brekky or lunch. Think cheese boards, croque monsieur and baguettes.

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Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bluebonnet Barbecue at The Curtin


Choose a gig and a whisky to go with your ribs and brisket chilli cheese fries during Bluebonnet's smoking hot residency at The Curtin Hotel.

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Carlisle Wine Bar, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia

Carlisle Wine Bar


Settle in for a long lunch or an even longer dinner as hearty serves of rustic Mediterranean cuisine and robust wine matches appear in front of you.

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Madame Sousou, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Madame Sousou


Savour contemporary and classic French fare at any time of day. You'll feel all the more Frenchy chic for the chandeliers and eclectic art work.

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Saint Urban, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia



Praise Saint.Urban, patron saint of winemakers and now the classy wine bar and dining room that attracts Richmond locals and gastro tourists alike.

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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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