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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.

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  • #1
    Foglia di Fico
    #1 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 135 reviewsTripadvisor (135)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    585 La Trobe St (Spencer St entrance), Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #2
    Scopri
    #2 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1002 reviewsTripadvisor (1002)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    191 Nicholson St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #3
    Da Guido 365
    #3 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 336 reviewsTripadvisor (336)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    365 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #4
    Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
    #4 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 867 reviewsTripadvisor (867)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    130 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #5
    11 Inch Pizza
    #5 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 275 reviewsTripadvisor (275)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    Equitable Place 353-359 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #6
    Hochi Mama
    #6 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1327 reviewsTripadvisor (1327)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Healthy, Street Food
    11-15 Liverpool St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #7
    Harley House Kitchen
    #7 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 195 reviewsTripadvisor (195)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin
    108 Chapel St, Melbourne, Victoria 3181 Australia
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  • #8
    Geppetto Trattoria
    #8 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    78A Wellington Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
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  • #9
    Il Cantuccio
    #9 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 592 reviewsTripadvisor (592)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    209 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #10
    Roule Galette Melbourne
    #10 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 558 reviewsTripadvisor (558)
    $ | French, Cafe, European, Healthy
    241 Flinders Lane Shop 2, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #11
    Sud Food and Wine
    #11 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 207 reviewsTripadvisor (207)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    219 King St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #12
    Straight Outta Saigon
    #12 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 283 reviewsTripadvisor (283)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Street Food
    138 Russell Street Ground level, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #13
    Pidapipo Gelateria
    #13 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 412 reviewsTripadvisor (412)
    $ | Italian
    299 Lygon St, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #14
    Kazuki's
    #14 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripadvisor (491)
    $$ | Contemporary, Fusion
    121 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #15
    Hopetoun Tea Rooms
    #15 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2295 reviewsTripadvisor (2295)
    $ - $$ |
    282 Collins St Shops 1 and 2, Block Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #16
    Rice Paper Scissors
    #16 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2305 reviewsTripadvisor (2305)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Healthy
    15 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #17
    Red Spice Road
    #17 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1704 reviewsTripadvisor (1704)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    141 Queen St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #18
    Cucinetta
    #18 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 380 reviewsTripadvisor (380)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    U 4 3 Murphy St South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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  • #19
    Eau De Vie
    #19 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 798 reviewsTripadvisor (798)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Australian
    1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #20
    Patricias Coffee Brewers
    #20 of 4,967 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 202 reviewsTripadvisor (202)
    $ | Cafe, Australian
    Cnr Little Bourke & Little William St., Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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