48-hour itinerary: Food
Find foodie hotspots in Australia's culinary capital
Start your weekend with classic Melbourne: in an unmarked, upstairs laneway bar. Soak up the sophistication at Japanese-influenced den of decadence Hihou before dinner. Just a short stroll away is a delicious concentration of excellent restaurants, on and around Flinders Lane. Try the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin or Supernormal. Keep it Melbourne with a cheeky nightcap at Cumulus Up.
Get up as early as you can to see the Queen Victoria Market at its bustling best. Join locals jostling for the best fresh produce in the aisles and queuing for brekky bratwurst and baked goods in the deli hall. Stock up on treats to take home, grab a brew from Market Lane Coffee and perch outside to enjoy the theatre of it all. On Therry Street, opposite the market, pick up culinary know-how in bound form at Books for Cooks.
Take a lunchtime tour of one of Melbourne's famous eat streets. Explore the Vietnamese eateries and grocers on Victoria Street, Richmond, get a taste of la dolce vita in Lygon Street, Carlton, or take in the sights, sounds and aromas of Chinatown, along Little Bourke Street.
Or, take yourself to Fitzroy and Collingwood, the north's epicentre of fabulous dining, and in indulge in a long lunch at Saint Crispin.
Work it off strolling the boutiques and galleries on Smith and Gertrude streets, recharge with coffee at De Clieu or an amble through nearby Carlton Gardens.
The culinary capital of the north is the place for dinner tonight. Treat yourself to the degustation menu at Cutler & Co. or savour the six-course IDES experience. Cap it all off with a cocktail from the award-winning bartenders at The Everleigh or The Black Pearl, or head upstairs for a brew with a view at Naked in the Sky.
Ease into Sunday morning with a late breakfast at The European on Spring Street. Follow your civilized start to the day with by some browsing at the Spring Street Grocer and Cheese Cellar, proof that not all grocers are made equal.
Stroll across to Federation Square and watch the passers-by, explore the Australian artwork at the Ian Potter Centre, or meander along the Yarra River.
Stop for coffee and snacks at places you discover along the way – but leave room for dinner.
End your weekend of culinary indulgence with a big-ticket dinner. Book well ahead for celebrated Vue de monde, Attica or Flower Drum, or for dinner at Crown's Rosetta or The Atlantic.
Wherever you end up, linger over a delicious meal while you plan your return trip. (So many menus, so little time…)
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