Restaurants and cafés in Melbourne • The best places to eat out

Time Out Melbourne’s editor offers her guide to the best restaurants and cafés in Melbourne – where to eat and drink on the perfect Aussie city break

Restaurants and cafés in Melbourne • The best places to eat out Hihou, Flinders Lane
By Jenny Valentish

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The best new drinking spot in town, Hihou is a sophisticated Japanese
cocktail bar offering the hot towel treatment, tuna tataki pastry
cigars, and a Negroni turned Japanese with plus-infused gin and
Umeshu. Or, hit the Standard Hotel if a classic rowdy pub and pots of
craft beer are more your scene.

Excelling on the specialist coffee front is new kid Industry Beans in
Fitzroy. They roast their beans on site, offer Aeropress and siphon
coffees and have multiple grinders so you can try different single
origins. They poach a good egg too.

Silo by Joost, Hardware St

Also making waves on the brunch front is Silo: eco warrior Joost
Bakker’s benchmark waste-free café making sustainability delicious.
Try the salted leeks with fudgy egg yolks and a mug of cascara – iced
tea made with the shell of the coffee berry.

If you’ve got the cash and time to book ahead, don’t miss Attica. The
fine diner, headed up by chef Ben Shewry, serves incredible freaky
wines and thought-provoking modern Australian dishes like a simple
potato, baked in the earth in which it was grown and garnished simply
with saltbush and goat’s curd. The venue just landed the number 21
spot in the world’s best restaurants list.

You can’t leave without a Huxtaburger – the fast food bun reinvented
with wagyu beef patties, minimal salad and soft buttery brioche.
Prepare to queue for yours.

Restaurant and cafés details

Hihou Lvl 1, 1 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000.
+613 9654 5465.

The Standard Hotel
293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy 3065.
+613 9419 4793.

Industry Beans
Unit 3, Cnr Fitzroy & Rose St, Fitzroy 3065. 
+613 9417 1034.

Silo By Joost 123 Hardware St, Melbourne 3000.
+613 9600 0588.

74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea 3185.
+613 9530 0111.

106 Smith St, Collingwood 3066.
+613 9417 6328.
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