There’s no denying that Melbourne is a food centric city, with new Melbourne restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes constantly popping up all over the city, adding to the littered landscape of dining locations. With some of the best Australian and International award winning chefs heading up many of the kitchens around town, Melbourne restaurants offer the crème de la crème in the culinary world, making dining experiences more than just a meal.
Melburnians take their culinary experiences very seriously, never settling for anything less than perfect which means Melbourne restaurants have no choice but to impress with fresh produce, interesting and innovative menus, exciting decor and impeccable service to keep customers coming back for more. And with such a diverse array of restaurants and cuisines on offer, there will always be a restaurant in Melbourne to suit individual palates, pockets, special occasions and everything in between.
Known for it’s multiculturalism, Melbourne’s food and wine scene is rich with unique and exciting culinary haunts across all areas of the city. Immerse yourself in one culinary precinct or spread yourself far and wide by travelling North to South for diversified dining experiences - but be careful who you voice your preference to, Melbourne's great Northside vs Southside rivalry is still very much apparent.
Melbourne’s CBD is oozing with rooftop bars and hidden dining gems, with many located down an alleyway, up a staircase or perched high on a rooftop terrace. Turn a corner and you’ll find more dining destinations just waiting to be discovered. Seek and you will find anything from Greek, Mexican, French, fine-dining, cheap eats, Japanese, Spanish and celebrity chef run restaurants...the options are endless! There's San Telmo, Hare & Grace, Portello Rosso, Taxi - plus so much more.
Located on the fringe of the city sits the affluent and buzzing Southbank Promenade with an impressive lineup of fine-dining restaurants such as Sake, Spice Temple, Rockpool and Rosetta, each with picturesque views of the city and Yarra River.
The Northside is home to a stellar lineup of eclectic restaurants, spread across a handful of popular food hubs, each with something different to offer for food and wine fanatics.
Carlton is home to some of Melbourne’s most authentic Italian cuisine, the Bohemian enclave of Fitzroy is filled with idiosyncratic bars and restaurants like Panama Dining Room, Moon Under Water, Cutler & Co and Smith & Daughters, while Richmond’s Victoria Street has a plentiful selection of Vietnamese restaurants for quick, cheap and tasty eats. Abbotsford, Brunswick, Northcote and Hawthorn are also filled with foodie haunts to die for.
Travel to the Southside and have fun exploring Melbourne’s playground by the sea, St Kilda which boasts hatted restaurants, beachfront dining and pubs and bars with outdoor beer gardens and decks that come to life under the summer sun. Cafe de Stasio, Newmarket Hotel and Wabi Sabi Garden are just a few of the top dining destinatins located in this bustling suburb.
Down the street from Melbourne’s Chapel Street shopping precinct lies the lively and effervescent suburb of Windsor, full of a variety of dining hot spots and bustling bars like Mr Miyagi, Saigon Sally, Kid Boston, Morris Jones and Orange, all geared towards those looking to combine fun and affordability.
Author: Georgia Smail, dimmi Chief Food Writer.