Sitting side by side one of Melbourne’s greatest assets, the Yarra River is Southbank, and you can bank on the fact that this strip is full to the brim with restaurants and bars that will knock your socks - and your senses off. With food to entice and views to mesmerise, this buzzing riverside precinct is a foodie haunt to pop on your dining itinerary.
Get down to Rosetta for a night of tasty Italian fare amongst luxurious velvet banquettes and mahogany parquetry walls. With a beautiful dining room, bar seats and private dining space, the real winner here is eating out on the covered terrace - it’s alfresco at its best! No. 8 By John Lawson will provide an equally impressive, but different fine dining experience, dishing up sustainably produced, contemporary food in a fresh and unfussed fashion, while much loved favourites Sake, Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar and Grill will never disappoint.
For pre and post theatre goers, there are a whole host of restaurants to stop the tummy rumbles prior to intermission. Blondie Bar (yes they do accept brunettes) is the perfect den pre or post show, as is Script Bar, both conveniently located near the Arts Centre so you can make a swift transition to catch your show.
Whether you’re after a romantic dinner for two, a casual bite with friends or a drink with a view, Southbank restaurants will come through with the goods. Oh, and despite how pretty the river might look come twilight, don’t even contemplate a swim, the river is definitely not fit for a dip.
If Southbank doesn't satisfy, wander into the hustle and bustle of the CBD or along the river to Richmond, take a tram to Melbourne's playground by the sea, St Kilda, or check out foodie enclaves, South Yarra and Windsor. You're bound to find something that will tickle your fancy.
Author: Georgia Smail, Chief Food Writer
Image source: Rosetta