1. Grossi Florentino's Cellar Bar

Bourke Street stalwart the Cellar Bar is classic Melbourne at its best: outstanding hand-rolled pasta, a warming wine list, strong espresso and perfectly crafted cannoli. Come for comforting Italian food and old-time atmosphere when the rain comes down.
80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

2. City Wine Shop

City Wine Shop brings in the crowds for, naturally, its brilliant selection of wines, amply supported by a nourishing menu of soups, risotto, schnitzel and steak. Gather your friends together beneath the heaters at an outdoor table, defying the elements. Perfect for a pre- or post-theatre refuel.
159 Spring Street, Melbourne

3. Tipo 00

Pasta is the name of the game over winter, so you'll be winning with a sought-after table at Tipo 00. Come out of the cold for superlative squid ink taglione, braised rabbit parpadelle, and the playfully named Tipomisu – Tipo's modern revamp of Italy's classic tiramisu.
361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

4. Dragon Hot Pot

Prefer something a little spicy to get the blood going? Build your own Chinese-style hotpot at new arrival Dragon Hot Pot. Load up with veggies, meat or seafood and select your desired level of heat. Pay by weight and enjoy at pace when the chill hits town.
213 Russell Street, Melbourne

5. HuTong Dumpling Bar

Who said dumplings? Head to Melbourne's favourite multi-storey laneway hideaway HuTong for our hot pick: xiao long bao filled with soup and devine little pork parcels served steaming at your table.
14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

6. Gerald's Bar

Longstanding yet understated Gerald's Bar brings in cheery locals and discerning foodies alike with its cosy neighbourhood vibe. Start with an aperitif and a cheese platter and move on to a bistro dish of the day. Wine by glass or bottle and plenty of heart-rending charm.
386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

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