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What to Eat in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city of cafes. You'll find them tucked within central Melbourne's alleyways and clustered together throughout trendy neighborhoods like South Yarra-Prahran, St Kilda and Fitzroy. Try a flat white, an Australian coffee specialty that's similar to a latte but with more espresso and less milk. Popular coffee shops include Brother Baba Budan and Café Andiamo in the central business district and Two Birds One Stone Cafe in South Yarra-Prahran.

Though most of the city's residents were born in Australia, Melbourne's sizable British, Indian, Chinese, Italian and Greek communities have greatly influenced the area's culinary offerings. (In fact, Melbourne is home to the largest Greek-speaking population outside of Europe.) Three neighborhoods – Chinatown, Lygon Street (also known as Little Italy) and the Greek Precinct – specialize in Chinese, Italian or Greek shops and restaurants. As a result, you'll find an array of top-notch ethnic fare throughout the city.

For some of Melbourne's best Asian bites, head to Chinatown to eat at Rice Paper Scissors or Longrain. If you're craving Italian, consider dining at Scopri or Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta, both of which sit on or near Lygon Street. Some of the Greek Precinct's best Greek specialties are offered at Stalactites, while modern Greek fare like crab souvlaki (a kabab-style dish traditionally made with lamb) and pork-stuffed spanakopita (a savory pastry with layers of spinach, feta cheese and phyllo) can be found at Gazi Restaurant and The Press Club in the CBD. Other ethnic favorites include the Armenian-focused Sezar, the Middle Eastern- and Mediterranean-influenced Maha and the British-inspired Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

But if you're looking for an Australian-style meal made with local ingredients like Wagyu beef, barramundi (a type of fish found throughout the country) and blue mussels, you're in luck: Melbourne offers a variety of Australian eateries. Most of the city's favorite Australian restaurants, including ezard and Eau De Vie, reside in the CBD.

Melbourne also makes some of Australia's best wine (for travelers who are 18 and older). Five wine regions – the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges – are located within 50 miles of the city. Hundreds of wineries can be found throughout these wine regions, all of which specialize in chardonnay, shiraz and pinot noir. Other wine varieties like pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon are produced at select wineries as well.

Find the Best Restaurants in Melbourne

  • #1
    Scopri
    #1 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 899 reviewsTripAdvisor (899)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    191 Nicholson St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #2
    Cucinetta
    #2 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 262 reviewsTripAdvisor (262)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    U 4 3 Murphy St South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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  • #3
    Pidapipo Gelateria
    #3 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripAdvisor (364)
    $ | Italian
    299 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #4
    Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
    #4 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 710 reviewsTripAdvisor (710)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    130 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #5
    Il Cantuccio
    #5 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 541 reviewsTripAdvisor (541)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    209 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #6
    The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
    #6 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1033 reviewsTripAdvisor (1033)
    $ - $$ | Australian
    Tramstop 125, Corner Normanby Road & Clarendon Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia
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  • #7
    Hochi Mama
    #7 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1064 reviewsTripAdvisor (1064)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Street Food
    11-15 Liverpool St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #8
    Kazuki's
    #8 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 469 reviewsTripAdvisor (469)
    $$ | European, Contemporary, Fusion, Australian
    121 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #9
    Longrain
    #9 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1085 reviewsTripAdvisor (1085)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #10
    Rice Paper Sister
    #10 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 104 reviewsTripAdvisor (104)
    $ - $$ | Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese, Asian
    15 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #11
    Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar
    #11 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 447 reviewsTripAdvisor (447)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    68-170 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #12
    11 Inch Pizza Little Collins
    #12 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 159 reviewsTripAdvisor (159)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    Equitable Place 353-359 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #13
    Patricias Coffee Brewers
    #13 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 165 reviewsTripAdvisor (165)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    Cnr Little Bourke & Little William St., Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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  • #14
    Geppetto Trattoria
    #14 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 207 reviewsTripAdvisor (207)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    78A Wellington Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
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  • #15
    Rice Paper Scissors
    #15 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2192 reviewsTripAdvisor (2192)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
    19 Liverpool Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #16
    Eau De Vie
    #16 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 760 reviewsTripAdvisor (760)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Australian
    1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #17
    Roule Galette
    #17 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 489 reviewsTripAdvisor (489)
    $ | French, Cafe, Healthy
    241 Flinders Lane Shop 2, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #18
    Sud Food and Wine
    #18 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 174 reviewsTripAdvisor (174)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    219 King St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #19
    Amiconi
    #19 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 150 reviewsTripAdvisor (150)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    359 Victoria St Locality is West Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3003 Australia
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  • #20
    El Rincon
    #20 of 5,351 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 254 reviewsTripAdvisor (254)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    69 Victoria Street Adjacent to the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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