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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.
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.
Expect barbecued and smoked meats and seafood coupled with Asian sides from this Japanese-Korean barbecue restaurant from the team behind Chin Chin.
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Uncover the provincial life at the top of Swan Street in Richmond, whether it's a cosy Sunday lunch or celebratory drinks on the rooftop terrace.
There are few places more aptly named than Andrew McConnell's Asian eating sensation and its mouthwatering Chinese, Japanese and Korean morsels.
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.
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.
Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.
This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.
Start with a brunch burrito and see out the day in the St Kilda courtyard, channelling Cancun with a Corona and fish tacos, or blue corn enchiladas.
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Since it's inception in 2003, Aangan has been tantalising taste buds all over Melbourne with freshly prepared, authentic Indian cuisine. All dishes...
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You can't ask for much more from a dining experience than the aromas of prime beef cooking over coals and the views of and around Federation Square.
Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide, Guy Grossi has created a menu that is quintessentially Italian but incredibly innovative.
Explore this two-storey drinking and dining palace and its sprawling rear courtyard when you're jonesing for after-work eats or kick-off cocktails.
Climb the stairs, grab a table and tuck into slow-braised pork shoulder tostaditas, BBQ'd corn and spicy prawn tacos. And tequila, of course.
Share in the secret of The Deanery, with its understated, cool, sophisticated vibe, fulfilling food, and wines so good they need to be caged.
A date at Woodland House is an event to be taken seriously. Dress up, don the jewels and play the part while fine dining in the grand Prahran mansion.
Succumb to the rule of Bhoj and dine like royalty on fine, highly awarded and perfectly spiced Indian fare while boats bob on the NewQuay waterfront.
Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.
Charlie gives traditional dumplings a modern makeover and delivers delicious Asian fusion morsels. Save room for dessert: chocolate dumplings, anyone?
Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.
¡Ay, caramba! Fresh off the tortilla press comes a steady stream of Mexican restaurants that sing in summer and offer escape from the depths of winter.
Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.
You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of the city's many affordable restaurants.
Craving a curry? Melbourne has many authentic, contemporary and surprising Indian restaurants and grocery shops.
Halal food is available all over Melbourne, with many halal restaurants and shops on Sydney Road, Brunswick.
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.
Look out for food trucks across Melbourne.
Find the White Guy Cooks Thai food truck and enjoy Asian hawker food the way it's supposed to be eaten - with friends amid urban hustle and bustle.
Bite into a Beatbox burger, wipe Stereo Sauce off your chin and appreciate the fact that burgers taste better when eaten by an inner city roadside.
Get your fill of Mr Burger's simple yet delicious meat - or felafel - between buns in Melbourne's north, south, east and west most days of the week.
Follow that truck! Track down Melbourne's roaming purveyor of fine soft tortillas and dig into meat, fish or vego tacos with a big old pile of guac.
Indulge in fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce at some of the best places to eat in regional Victoria.
From pinot on the Mornington Peninsula to sparkling in the Macedon Ranges, discover five distinct wine regions within an hour and a half of the city.
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