48-hour itinerary: Food
Find foodie hotspots in Australia's culinary capital
Start your weekend at a quintessentially Melbourne-style drinking spot: Loop Roof. Decked out with an exotic garden, this laneway rooftop bar is perfect for soaking up the city views over a spritz before dinner.
From there you're not far from a string of top-notch restaurants on and around Flinders Lane. Choose between the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin or Supernormal. Or combine your dinner and drinks experience with old-world glamour at Gimlet on Russell Street.
Rise early if you can to enjoy Queen Victoria Market at its bustling best. Join locals hunting 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. Pick up culinary know-how at specialist store Books for Cooks.
Satisfy your lunchtime cravings at one of Melbourne's famous eat streets. Refuel at the Vietnamese eateries on Victoria Street, Richmond. Get a taste of la dolce vita along Italian-influenced Lygon Street, Carlton. Or find a seat for mouthwatering flavour in Chinatown, along Little Bourke Street.
Stroll to Fitzroy and Collingwood to discover the inner north's epicentre of noteworthy dining. Graze on a lunch of sensational meat-free dishes from Shannon Martinez at Smith & Daughters – carnivores too will be won over by the fresh flavours and laid-back vibe.
Work off lunch as you browse the boutiques and galleries on Smith and Gertrude Streets or amble through nearby Carlton Gardens.
Stay northside for dinner tonight. Sit back and savour a degustation menu at Cutler & Co., IDES or intimate Gaea. Top it all off with an exquisitely mixed cocktail from award-winning bartenders at The Everleigh or Black Pearl, or head upstairs for a brew with a view at Naked Upstairs.
Ease into Sunday morning with next-level coffee and delicious brunch at Proud Mary. Make time for browsing artisanal grocery goodies at Gertrude Street's Morning Market, and hop on the 86 tram to pick up cheese and gelato at Spring Street Grocer back in the city.
Make your way over to Federation Square to explore the Australian art collection at the Ian Potter Centre, meander along the Yarra River or join a foodie walking tour, for an insider's guide to Melbourne's culinary secrets.
Stop for coffee and snacks at places you discover along the way – perhaps a drink and a bite at Arbory or Ponyfish Island – but leave room for dinner.
End your weekend of foodie adventures with another memorable dining experience. Book well ahead for Vue de Monde and Attica, or for a spot at Crown's Rosetta or The Atlantic.
Linger over a delicious meal while you plan your return trip. (So many menus, so little time…)
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