If you like a city that stands out, stays up and sleeps in, you’ve come to the right place. Mix it with locals and visitors from across the world in back alleys and beer gardens, rooftop bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Take a detour through winding laneways, discover the city’s creative heart, and then resurface to brunch it with the best of them at breezy cafes from St Kilda to Brunswick. Melbourne is the perfect base for your grand Aussie adventure.
We’ve picked our top places to eat and drink in Melbourne… *packs bags and moves out*
Melbourne is a multicultural hot pot full of different cuisines and flavours; from Asian street food to fine-dining Greek dishes. Home to over 3,500 restaurants you’ll be sure to find something to tickle your taste buds! Here’s our pick to sink your teeth into…
Bow to the bao. You’ll find deliciousness wrapped in soft steamed buns. The prices are cheap and the service is speedy!
Where? Shop 4/19-37 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne
While you wait for your Xiao long bao meat and soup dumpling to cool tuck into the rest of the tasty menu.
Where? 14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne
It’s time to turn up the heat and feel the Latin vibes at Fonda Mexican! Their signature burritos, tacos and antojitos keep diners coming back for a flavour fiesta.
Where? 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
With a stripped back, rustic feel, Auction Rooms has a real charm about it. Fab coffee, great brunch (go for the banana bread) and eggs to die for, you’ll just keep on bidding!
Where? 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne
With a cosy European feel, enjoy traditional pastries, petite tapas and tantalizing sweet treats! Tucked away at the end of Hardware Street, it’s the perfect spot to while away the weekend.
Where? 120 Hardware St, Melbourne
For an Asian-infused taste explosion head to Sir Charles for brunch! Get the eggs benedict with a twist, the Sriracha hollandaise gives it a real kick. If you’re REALLY hungry order a KFC – Korean Fried Chicken.
Where? 121 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne is renowned for its buzzing bar scene and coffee culture, from sky-high views to hidden speakeasies. You’re sure to find something to suit your drinking mood.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Smack bang in the middle of the city, soak up Melbourne’s city sky-line, seven storeys up! Grab a jug of sangria and watch the sun go down. Also, keep a look out for the rooftop cinema at the weekends.
Where? 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
A fantastic spot in Melbourne’s quirky suburb of Fitzroy. Head up in the lift and take in the incredible panoramic views of nearby suburbs. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy the authentic Basque country food!
Where? 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Step back into a communist Berlin, find the hidden doorway, choose whether you’re East or West in this divided bar and enjoy a night of forbidden jazz.
Have your caffeine and drink it too in a café named after a legendary coffee smuggler, where chairs hang high and the beans are roasted with love.
Where? 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne