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Vegetables for Dinner

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All-you-can-eat dumplings at Oriental Teahouse

Oriental Teahouse is serving bottomless dumplings

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This masterclass lets you learn to cook with some of MasterChef’s best alumni

Dumpling Degustation
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Feast on dumplings in South Yarra

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Working With Children review

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Melbourne Fringe Festival
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Melbourne Fringe Festival

For two and a half weeks in September, Melbourne becomes a hub of independent theatre, comedy, live art, visual art and left-field events

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The tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere is being painted in Collingwood

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The tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere is being painted in Collingwood
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Melbourne is home to the best paella outside Spain
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Coburg Drive-In could be closing

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Coburg Drive-In could be closing
This Hamlet will lip-sync for his life (and death) at Melbourne Festival

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This Hamlet will lip-sync for his life (and death) at Melbourne Festival
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One lucky punter will score passes to three shows plus three dinners at top restaurants

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A top pastry chef has just opened a café in Prahran

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The best of Melbourne

50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
Things to do 50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

The best free things to do in Melbourne
Things to do The best free things to do in Melbourne

Expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions for zero dollars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Bars The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants The 50 best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to Melbourne's best restaurants, from fine dining to cheap eats

Where to find Melbourne's best street art
Art Where to find Melbourne's best street art

When you think Melbourne, some of the words that come to mind surely must be 'coffee', 'laneways' and 'street art'. Street art covers almost every nook and cranny of our creative, colourful city, but there are more highly concentrated clusters than others. These are the street art hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping: the city's ten best street mural hotspots, in all their spray-painted laneway glory. Continue your art journey through Melbourne at these free galleries, or purchase your very own piece of art at one of these weird and wonderful shops.

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
Things to do Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne.

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
Bars The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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Melbourne area guides

Melbourne CBD
Things to do Melbourne CBD

The heart of the city, home to Chinatown and some of Melbourne's best restaurants and arts institutions. 

Fitzroy
Things to do Fitzroy

Arty shops, funky restaurants and bars and hipsters galore.

St Kilda
Things to do St Kilda

Seaside retreat with plenty of cool bars and restaurants. 

Carlton
Things to do Carlton

Exceptional Italian food, gelato and coffee, plus an excellent museum and theatre.

Windsor
Things to do Windsor

Great vintage stores, and don't miss the famous Art Deco Astor Theatre.

Kensington
Things to do Kensington

Kensington has northwest charm in spades: there are wide, tree-lined streets, plenty of public transport and green spaces aplenty.

Collingwood
Things to do Collingwood

Inventive bars, geek girl boutiques and envelope-pushing eateries. Plus live music institutions. 

Footscray
Things to do Footscray

Multicultural hub, with dining options from all over the world and a thriving food scene.

Elsternwick
Things to do Elsternwick

Whether you are after great eats, a night out or a film at a Victorian-era cinema, Elsternwick is a great place to find yourself.

Prahran
Things to do Prahran

Good shopping and lots of inventive restaurants and watering holes.

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Our guide to casual dining in Melbourne with American Express

20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants 20 great Melbourne dishes for under $20

Melbourne’s vibrant food scene has no shortage of treats that won’t bust your weekly budget. From tasty Mediterranean and Asian classics to Middle Eastern and American dude food, these are all excellent dishes by chefs at the top of their game. All these venues take American Express. Would you like a complimentary side with your meal? Check out these Side with Amex venues.    

Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Authentic pasta dishes to try in Melbourne

Twirling spoons at the ready? We’ve scoured Melbourne’s many Italian restaurants to find these Nonna-approved pasta dishes, from pillowy soft gnocchi to tangy pesto just made to be sopped up with bread. The best part? You’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that these venues welcome American Express. Buon appetito!    

Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Restaurants Dim sum to try in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.

Bar snacks to accompany a drink in Melbourne
Restaurants Bar snacks to accompany a drink in Melbourne

You know how it is. You pop in for a quick drink when a glance at the snacks menu reminds you that something to do with your other hand would complete this picture of pre-dinner bliss. Maybe it’s a little cheese and cured meats to whet the appetite; some dips to sate the rumblings of a hungry stomach; or a bridging meal that could be a snack or could be dinner depending on how you’re feeling. And the best part is, whether you go on to make a meal out of it or leave it there, you can pay for all of these bar snacks using your American Express.    

More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20
Restaurants More 20 must-try Melbourne dishes for under $20

You can find something cheap and delicious on almost every street in Melbourne – the city has never had an issue in feeding the masses for less than a tenner. It's not all dims sims and jam doughnuts either: in the world's most liveable city, $20 will get you treats like goat's cheese churros, pillowy xiao long bao, and pear and black pudding tarte tatin. And when it comes to the bill you can pay with confidence, knowing these venues take American Express.     

Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Melbourne
Restaurants Antipasto plates perfect for aperitivo in Melbourne

A little bit of this, a little bit of that: antipasto is a dish loved by the grazers of the world. In what might just be the greatest Italian invention, apart from the espresso machine and Isabella Rossellini, the traditional spread consists of cheeses, cured meats, olives, seafood, pickled vegetables, and breads; and is usually served as the first course of a meal. Anti - pasto = Before - meal. But, down here on our Antipodean shores, an antipasto platter is a meal unto itself. Best served with a bottle of wine and friends who share your choice in cheese selection; antipasto is a fine art in the Melbourne restaurant scene. Whether it’s a grazing plate at your local bar, or more of a fancy feast, we hunted down some of the best antipasto plates in Melbourne. When it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne
Restaurants Sunny spots for alfresco dining in Melbourne

We love a good rooftop and a pub will always earn an extra special place in our heart if it’s got a great beer garden – so it’s agreed by almost everyone – dining in the sunshine is always a good idea. With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best terraces, balconies, rooftops and gardens, where you can enjoy an alfresco snack and a brew or two. Then, when it comes to getting the cheque, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

Curries that Melbourne spice fans need to try
Restaurants Curries that Melbourne spice fans need to try

A dish born in the Indian subcontinent, curry has been adopted and adapted by many cuisines, from Thailand to Malaysia and Japan-via-Britain, with each culture applying their own configuration of herbs, spices and fresh ingredients to create something entirely new. Next time you’re hankering for a serving of saag aloo, massaman or goan barramundi curry, hit up one of these restaurants around town. And after you’ve used your naan to mop up every last drop, you can pay in confidence knowing these venues welcome American Express.    

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