Restaurants & Cafés

Your guide to breakfast and brunch, fine dining and cheap eats in Melbourne

A swanky new rooftop bar for Carlton
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A swanky new rooftop bar for Carlton

Welcome to Johnny’s Green Room, featuring unparalleled views over Melbourne

The best Indian restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Indian restaurants in Melbourne

There's an Indian restaurant primed to sort your spice cravings in Melbourne

Here are the 2018 Time Out Food Awards winners
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Here are the 2018 Time Out Food Awards winners

The absolute best places to eat in Melbourne right now

The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne

Say "konnichiwa" to the city's finest places to enjoy sushi, sashimi, sake and so much more

You can now get boozy bottomless punch in Melbourne
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You can now get boozy bottomless punch in Melbourne

You’ve heard of boozy bottomless brunch, but what about boozy bottomless punch?

Where to eat right now

The best new restaurants in Melbourne right now
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The best new restaurants in Melbourne right now

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new restaurants and cafés

The best restaurants in Melbourne
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The best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list: a guide to absolutely everywhere you should be eating in Melbourne

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Dine out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

The best burgers in Melbourne
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The best burgers in Melbourne

The definitive guide to the best things you'll find between two buns

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The best Melbourne cafés

The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD
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The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD

We road-tested the best coffee in the CBD to find Melbourne's best cups

The best cafés in Melbourne
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The best cafés in Melbourne

We scoured Melbourne to find the best cafés for brunch, coffee or a cheeky morning snack

The best porridges in Melbourne
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The best porridges in Melbourne

Forget the humble bowl of oats: these designer porridges are haute comfort foods worth waking up to

The best smoothies in Melbourne
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The best smoothies in Melbourne

Keep it clean with these drinkable treats that are all about the tasty, with none of the guilt

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The best places to eat in Melbourne

The best restaurants for spicy food lovers
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The best restaurants for spicy food lovers

The (literally) hottest places in town, for those of you who like to have your spicy food and eat it too

The best soups in Melbourne
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The best soups in Melbourne

Ward off the cold with these comforting bowls of soup

The best pastas in Melbourne
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The best pastas in Melbourne

Because there are situations in life where only a big bowl of carbs will do

The best pizzas in Melbourne
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The best pizzas in Melbourne

Mamma mia! We've eaten our way around Melbourne to find the best slices

The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne
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The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne

Forget the deep south, turns out Korea is the king of the grill

The best dumplings in Melbourne
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The best dumplings in Melbourne

This city does a fine line in dim sum: here are the best dumpling houses in Melbourne

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Melbourne by cuisine

The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne

Say "konnichiwa" to Melbourne's finest places to enjoy sushi, sashimi, sake and so much more

The best Italian restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Italian restaurants in Melbourne

Mangia, mangia! Sample the flavours of Tuscany to Sicily at Melbourne's finest Italian eateries

The best French restaurants in Melbourne
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The best French restaurants in Melbourne

From soufflés to steak frites, there's plenty of top-notch Gallic cuisine to be found

The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne

Our guide to Melbourne's best Mexican eats, from the traditional to the unabashedly inauthentic

The best Korean restaurants in Melbourne
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The best Korean restaurants in Melbourne

Our top spots for bibambap, barbecue and mouth-watering Korean fried chicken

The best restaurants for spicy food lovers

Melbourne's foodie hotspots

The best restaurants in St Kilda
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The best restaurants in St Kilda

Here are some of the best restaurants in Melbourne's beachside suburb

The best Lygon Street restaurants
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The best Lygon Street restaurants

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

The best restaurants in Docklands
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The best restaurants in Docklands

Find amazing food, from Spanish tapas to great Indian fare, in windy Docklands

For the sweet tooth

The best doughnuts in Melbourne
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The best doughnuts in Melbourne

Whether you like 'em sprinkled, stuffed or glazed, here's where to get your mitts on Melbourne's finest

The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne
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The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne

We've licked and scooped our way across the city in search of Melbourne's best cone artists

The best high teas in Melbourne
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The best high teas in Melbourne

Afternoon tea, high tea, high coffee, crafty tea... all fashions are catered for in our guide

The best patisseries in Melbourne
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The best patisseries in Melbourne

The best croissants in the world, to old-school cakes you want to take home to your grandmother

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Red Stripe Shout
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Red Stripe Shout

There’s only one thing better than a tall, frosty beer in summer: a tall, frosty, free beer. This summer, Red Stripe beer is teaming up with Time Out to shout you a beer. At Windsor's very cool hidden bar Jungle Boy, Red Stripe will throw a killer sesh that won’t cost you a dime – after all, your wallet deserves a break after Christmas and New Year’s. Walk through the fridge and into Jungle Boy on Monday, January 21 from 5pm to 6pm to enjoy an hour of free Red Stripe brews and finger food in the very hip establishment. Busy on January 21? Red Stripe will also be popping up at pintxos bar Lona St Kilda on Thursday January 24. Head into Lona from 4pm for free-flowing Red Stripe beer and a selection of canapés. Entry to both events is free (as is the beer and food), but you do need to register here (for Jungle Boy) or here (for Lona). Be quick – numbers are strictly limited to 15 doubles at Jungle Boy and 50 doubles at Lona. Red Stripe is a smooth, full bodied beer from the sandy beaches of Jamaica where it was first brewed over 90 years ago. Named after the red stripe that used to run down Jamaican police uniforms, Red Stripe is an unpretentious drop, perfect on a hot summer’s day. Why not let them shout you a beer this summer?

Unleash your creativity with a NIDA Open summer course
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Unleash your creativity with a NIDA Open summer course

NIDA – Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art – is recognised as one of the world’s leading training grounds in the performing arts. That’s no idle boast: The Hollywood Reporter actually ranked it as tenth in its list of top drama schools in the world in 2018. For 60 years NIDA has been educating actors, directors, designers and more, many of whom have gone on to major international careers. The list of its alumni reads like the credits of a blockbuster film: Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Judy Davis, Miranda Otto, Sarah Snook, Yael Stone, Mel Gibson, Luke Hemsworth, Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington. Based in Kensington, Sydney, NIDA now has a permanent Victorian branch, NIDA Melbourne, at the Guild in Southbank. It’s here (and at Wesley College) that members of the public who’ve been bitten by the bug can attend short courses over the summer under the guidance of some of Australia’s best performing arts professionals. Open to all ages, these courses cover acting, accents, auditioning, design, directing, musical theatre, screen acting and writing. Got a talented kid, or want to expose your children to the world of the performing arts? Are you keen to kickstart your own entertainment journey? Or do you have some amateur or industry experience that you are keen to build upon? Then you are bound to find a course to suit you taking place this January 7-20. Courses range from an intensive one day to a full week, with fees ranging from $157.

Midsumma Extravaganza
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Midsumma Extravaganza

Some of the hottest stars in showbiz are going to be performing at Midsumma's night of nights, the Extravaganza. The night is hosted by comedy superstar Rhys Nicholson, and it promises to be an absolute riot.  Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor, I’m Every Woman) is producing and performing in the show, and he says it's going to be an absolute hoot.  "Last year it was just comedians, but this year, of course, they’ve got a fabulous nine-piece band on stage, fabulous singers getting up on stage and singing songs, drag queens, burlesque, as well as comedy. It's got a bit of everything." As well as Nicholson and Trevor, the show will include Barry Award winner Zoe Coombs Marr, Take Me Out host and household name Joel Creasey, cabaret superstar Carlotta, GLOBE Artist of the Year Mama Alto, The Voice star Sheldon Riley, 3RRR Breakfasters host Geraldine Hickey, Black Comedy writer Steven Oliver, ten-time Golden Guitars Winner Beccy Cole, singer Libby O'Donovan and cabaret/circus/burlesque YUMMY.   And it's not over when the house lights go on. "It will be a great night out, the Arts Centre are keeping the bar open after the show so everyone should stick around after the show and have a drink," says Ashley. "There will be a DJ. It will be really fun to have so much campness in one grande dame of a hall."

The Hawthorn Hotel is now doing boozy punch brunch
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The Hawthorn Hotel is now doing boozy punch brunch

Who doesn’t love a good bottomless brunch to get their weekend going? Lucky for us, Hawthorn Hotel is now hosting bottomless brunches every weekend from 11am-1pm. The best part? It's just $45 per person. Drink bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine, beers, and Chambord punch as you nibble on a complimentary grazing breakfast filled with savoury and sweet options to suit all tastes. There are three punch bowls to choose from: there's French Martini (with Chambord, vodka and pineapple juice), Mango Mania (Chambord, mango liqueur, soda and fresh fruit), and a Blackberry Mojito (Chambord, white rum, mint, lime and berries). The menu looks just as scrumptious, boasting toasted crumpets with toppings including smoked salmon, goat’s cheese and capers; sliced avo, fetta and chilli; caramelised onion, Manchego and olives; as well as maple-bacon, banana and salted caramel waffles; Nutella and fresh strawberry waffles; vanilla mascarpone and berry tarts; and more. Hawthorn Hotel welcomes groups of all sizes and packages start at 11am sharp, so don't be late. Planning a hens party? Book in your group and the bride can eat and drink for free.  Bookings are essential, so place yours at the Hawthorn Hotel website here.