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One thing Melbournians do really well is food. From the high-end restaurants of South Yarra to the great little eateries tumbling onto Acland Street in St. Kilda, the quality, variety, and affordability of Melbourne’s food and drink is second to none. What’s more, with thousands of restaurants and cafés serving every cuisine imaginable you’ll never be short of choices.

Top Restaurants in Melbourne

Cafe di Stasio

Great Italian food makes this Melbourne restaurant popular among in-the-know locals. Rich, delicious dishes (think tender, red venison carpaccio) and an extensive wine list ensure a fabulous night out.

31 Fitzroy St, VIC, 011-61-3-9525-3999
Tags: moderate | local favorite | italian


For a great budget breakfast and good value meals you can’t beat Galleon. Located off St Kilda’s main thoroughfare, it offers a homely atmosphere, reflected by its simple décor and poster covered walls, making it a great place to chill before hitting the beach.

9 Carlisle St, VIC, 011-61-3-9534-8934
Tags: budget | great value | vegetarian


Celebrated local Chef Teague Ezard’s exciting eatery is inspired by Southeast Asian food vendors and hawkers. Tucked away in the city’s network of alleyways, the restaurant’s tempting menu options range from eggs with chili-pepper jelly to stir-fried stingray in a dry green curry.

27-29 Crossley St., 011-61-3-9662-4200,
Tags: moderate | notable chef | malaysian

Mecca Bah

Set on the bay in Docklands this popular, casual, tasty and affordable eatery has distinctly Moorish leanings. Try a delicious mezze plate or Turkish pizza and round it off with a traditional Turkish coffee.

55a New Quay Promenade, 011-61-3-9642-1300,
Tags: family | budget | turkish

The Press Club

In a city with one of the world’s largest Greek populations, experimental chef George Calombaris is going back to his roots with this modern take on a Greek taverna in the city center. Alongside traditional dishes such as spit-roasted meat you’ll find adventurous offerings like kadefi of smoked oysters and caramelized onions with a Greek salad smoothie.

72 Flinders Street, 011-61-3-9677-9677
Tags: family | moderate | notable chef | greek

Three, One, Two

This fabulous eatery, presided over by eminent chef Andrew McConnell, offers some of Melbourne’s best Australian cooking. Prices are high, but its top-notch menu, featuring dishes such as Claire de Lune oyster mollusc dressed with a melon pellet, preserved lemon mousse and samphire, and complimentary wine list more than compensates.

312 Drummond St., 011-61-3-9347-3312,
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | australian

Vue De Monde

Experience the theatrical splendor of renowned chef Shannon Bennett as he whips up superb French cuisine in the glamorous setting of the historic Normanby Chambers, built in 1883 as a solicitors’ office. There is no set menu, just a flexible degustation of between five and 14 courses.

430 Little Collins St., 011-61-3-9691-3888,
Tags: expensive | notable chef | smart splurge | french

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