Step through the grand red gates of Melbourne's Chinatown and enter a whole new world of Asian cuisine, karaoke, cocktail bars and hip fashion boutiques.

Explore the strip of nineteenth century buildings between Swanston and Spring streets on Little Bourke Street – Australia's oldest Chinatown.

Dumplings and chilli kicks

Fill your belly in the renowned Asian restaurants Shark Fin, Supper Inn, Dragon Boat and Westlake, where yum cha is the word for lunch, or try the fabulous Flower Drum for Cantonese fine dining at its best.

Bright lights, big nights

Choose the perfect spot for dinner, then follow the lanterns and neon lights down a laneway or up a flight of stairs for cocktail sorcery at the Croft Institute, New Gold Mountain or Fad Gallery.

Chinese Australia

Visit the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place and learn the story of Chinese Australia. Take a guided walk through Little Bourke Street's buildings and lanes to uncover more of Melbourne's hidden history.


Join the fun at yearly Chinatown festivals. Don't miss the Asian Food Festival in spring and traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.

Getting there

Take any tram along Swanston Street to Bourke or Lonsdale streets; or catch the free City Circle Tram to Parliament House on Spring Street, then walk to Little Bourke Street. Catch the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle and alight at stop 4. On foot, walk north for five minutes along Swanston Street from Federation Square.

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