The down for delicious bit

This is the bit that sets our bellies to rumbling and our taste buds a’ tingling as the chillier weather sees us snuggling up at some of our fave food and drink spots. 

From hearty home-style cooking to the decidedly decadent, Melbourne is filled with the kind of places that get foodies frothing. So, don’t let the cooler weather stop you. Just rug up, head out and follow your stomach.

After all, what better way to while away a chilly winter’s day or night than tucked away in a cosy corner somewhere having a sip and tucking into a tasty treat or three?

1. Victoria by Farmer's Daughters

Take a culinary road trip around the state without leaving Melbourne at Victoria by Farmer's Daughters. Victoria was created by executive chef Alejandro Saravia to celebrate the produce, people and places of our state – from the paddocks of the Western Plains to the fruits of the Murray, the waters of the Great Ocean Road to the vineyards of the High Country.
Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Federation Square, Yarra Building, Ground Floor, Melbourne

2. Aru

Come in out of the rain and be warmed at Aru, where the cuisine centres on a wood-fired hearth, with dishes cooked or finished over the flame. Enjoy oysters, prawns or duck that's been given a hint of smoke and char, and match with cocktails that change with the seasons. The menu spans the ancient seafaring routes between China, Indonesia and northern Australia, and the setting is a beautifully designed space of brick, warm wood and marble.
268 Little Collins 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. Maha

Head underground to moody Maha for delicious Middle Eastern-inspired dining with a contemporary twist. Award-winning chef and restaurateur Shane Delia takes diners on a journey with carefully curated set menus featuring flavour-packed dishes like Lebanese dumplings and spanner crab bourek. Paired wines match each dish to perfection, and there's also a vegan set menu option for plant-based foodies.
21 Bond Street, Melbourne

5. Bar Margaux

Bar Margaux is a swanky brasserie from the team behind The Everleigh and Heartbreaker, and it’s perfect for a cosy (and slightly boozy) winter dinner. You’ll find it tucked away on Lonsdale Street, just near State Library Victoria. Settle into one of the booths and tuck into steak frites, a mammoth Côte de Boeuf, or a silky smooth Irish coffee. The ambience in here is just about as good as it gets.
111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

6. Marion

As it gets chillier outside, lazy afternoons in Melbourne are spent at warm and welcoming wine bars, getting cosy by the fire and sipping on fine wines. One of the city's best wine bars is Andrew McConnell’s Marion. With its exceptional seasonal menu and extensive wine list, it’s the perfect place to pause for a quick glass of something or settle in for an extended meal.
53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy


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