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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 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 128 reviewsTripAdvisor (128)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    585 La Trobe St (Spencer St entrance), Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #2
    Scopri
    #2 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 994 reviewsTripAdvisor (994)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    191 Nicholson St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #3
    David’s Spicy Pot
    #3 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 139 reviewsTripAdvisor (139)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Fast Food, Asian
    462 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #4
    Da Guido Melbourne la Pasta
    #4 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 853 reviewsTripAdvisor (853)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    130 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #5
    11 Inch Pizza Little Collins
    #5 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 274 reviewsTripAdvisor (274)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    Equitable Place 353-359 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #6
    Da Guido 365
    #6 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 332 reviewsTripAdvisor (332)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    365 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #7
    Hochi Mama
    #7 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1323 reviewsTripAdvisor (1323)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Street Food
    11-15 Liverpool St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #8
    Harley House Kitchen
    #8 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 195 reviewsTripAdvisor (195)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Latin
    108 Chapel St, Melbourne, Victoria 3181 Australia
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  • #9
    Dans le Noir?
    #9 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $$ | International, Australian
    701 Swanston St Corner of Lincoln Square and Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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  • #10
    Il Cantuccio
    #10 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 589 reviewsTripAdvisor (589)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
    209 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #11
    Straight Outta Saigon
    #11 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Vietnamese, Fusion, Street Food
    138 Russell Street Ground level, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #12
    Geppetto Trattoria
    #12 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 321 reviewsTripAdvisor (321)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    78A Wellington Pde, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
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  • #13
    Sud Food and Wine
    #13 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 205 reviewsTripAdvisor (205)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    219 King St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #14
    Roule Galette Melbourne
    #14 of 4,984 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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  • #15
    Pidapipo Gelateria
    #15 of 4,984 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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  • #16
    Kazuki's
    #16 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 491 reviewsTripAdvisor (491)
    $$ | Contemporary, Fusion
    121 Lygon St Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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  • #17
    Saporito Taquito
    #17 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $ - $$ | Mexican
    16 Kavanagh St Century Tower, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia
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  • #18
    Hopetoun Tea Rooms
    #18 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2294 reviewsTripAdvisor (2294)
    $ - $$ | Healthy
    282 Collins St Shops 1 and 2, Block Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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  • #19
    Amiconi
    #19 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 166 reviewsTripAdvisor (166)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, Mediterranean
    359 Victoria St Locality is West Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3003 Australia
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  • #20
    Rice Paper Scissors
    #20 of 4,984 Places to Eat in Melbourne
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2304 reviewsTripAdvisor (2304)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
    15 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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