A cultural and food centric Docklands may have sounded like an oxymoron some years ago, but the influx of local designers, writers, artists and restaurateurs suggests a change in its chemistry. For foodies looking for a feed, Docklands restaurants can sort you out. No longer the ghost town that it once was, Melbourne’s Harbour Town is a foodies enclave that’s very much alive and well. Just on the fringe of Melbourne’s busy CBD, the Docklands is a stone’s throw away from the big smoke of the city, making it the perfect waterfront getaway for those after a dining experience with a little less hustle and bustle.
No matter what cuisine you’re in search of, the diverse mix of restaurants in the Docklands will ensure you leave the harbourside truly satisfied. For tasty thai head to Nine Elephants or Ginger Leaf, or to satisfy Cantonese cravings hit up Gold Leaf Restaurant and get stuck into their perfectly pleated prawn dumplings.
For your own ‘Lady in The Tramp’ spaghetti moment, Italian eateries such as Renzo’s Bar Cafe or Non Solo Pasta should be your go-to, while Little Nyonya Australia will make your hearts (and mouths) melt with their tantilising Malaysian hawker style meals.
Berth Restaurant is well suited for romanticism, with views of the bay and the bright lights of the city, but this bustling eatery can also cater to those 'sleep until noon party people' or jet lagged travellers who need breakfast at 3pm.
With so much on offer, a trip down to the docks for waterfront dining will never disapoint. But if the Docklands doesn't do it for you, perhaps check out some of the other nearby dining meccas. The CBD, South Melbourne, Southbank and Albert Park are all close by and full of foodie haunts!
Author: Georgia Smail, Chief Food Writer.
Image Source: Berth Restaurant