Food & wine touring route
Start the day with a fragrant coffee in one of the cafes hidden away in the city's bluestone laneways and historic arcades. Degraves Street (off Flinders Street, opposite Flinders Street Station) is wall-to-wall with cafes and restaurants serving tasty breakfasts. Head north through the network of laneways and arcades to find great spots for lunch and dinner, specialty shops including fine chocolate retailers, and bars and music venues.
Top food and wine is never far away in Melbourne. Federation Square, Southgate, Docklands and Chinatown are all popular gourmet precincts in the city centre. Chinatown is reminiscent of the great eat streets of Asia, Southgate and Docklands overlook the river and Federation Square has become one of the city's favourite meet-and-eat places.
If you want to explore a little further afield, take a short tram ride to Lygon Street, Carlton, an area known as Melbourne's 'Little Italy'. Or try Victoria Street, Richmond for Vietnamese and other Asian, or Brunswick, Johnston and Gertrude streets for a youthful, eclectic scene with everything from tapas to intimate enotecas.
Take an unexpected turn, duck into one of Melbourne's famed laneways, scamper up some stairs and take a tipple in a bar with a distinct personality.
Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.
Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Feast on a dizzying spread of the world's great cuisines.
Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.
Make getting out of bed worthwhile: rise and shine with connoisseur coffee and mouthwatering meals at Melbourne's favourite breakfast spots.