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

The ten best dishes we ate in 2016
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The ten best dishes we ate in 2016

Twelve months of deliciousness, condensed into 10 standout dishes

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Where to eat right now

The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

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

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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

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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

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The best things to order from Uber Eats
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The best things to order from Uber Eats

Now that you can get ace eats from around Melbourne delivered to your door, choosing is the hard part

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The best Melbourne cafés

The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne
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The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne

Melbourne is the ultimate breakfast city. Here are ten good reasons to be a morning person this weekend

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The best milkshakes in Melbourne
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The best milkshakes in Melbourne

Because there’s nothing as mind-freezingly delicious as a giant cup of sweet, flavoured dairy

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The best hot chocolates in Melbourne
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The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a mug of rich, gooey melted chocolate?

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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 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

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The best places to eat in Melbourne

The best burgers in Melbourne
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The best burgers in Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to summon your stretchy pants

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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. A champion of communal dining, the Korean barbecue is all about gathering around a flaming hot grill and passing smoky cuts of barbecued beef between friends. As with most Korean cuisines, the sides are part of the main event, and the best barbecue restaurants are the ones dishing out the best banchan dishes.  If you're all about dining by cuisine, check out our round-up of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne and the city's best Italian restaurants. 

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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

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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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The best restaurants for vegetarians
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The best restaurants for vegetarians

Vegetarian? You're in the right city. Here's where to go if you don't like food with faces

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Where to eat lunch in the CBD
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Where to eat lunch in the CBD

Make your midday meal a winner every day of the week with our guide to the CBD's best eats

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Whether you're after a post-swim meal or dinner with sunset views of St Kilda beach, here are some of the best restaurants in Melbourne's beachside suburb.  

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The best restaurants in Southbank
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The best restaurants in Southbank

From cheap eats to world-class fine dining destinations

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The best pancakes in Melbourne
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The best pancakes in Melbourne

Dessert for breakfast, anyone? Here's where to go when you need a sweet treat before noon

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Drink to spring at Loretta's
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Drink to spring at Loretta's

Loretta's has shaken off the Melbourne chill and welcomed spring with a new cocktail menu to accompany the warmer(ish) month. Ex-Eau de Vie head bartender Oscar Eastman, who now heads Loretta's in Fitzroy North, has devised a beautiful cocktail menu inspired by the concept 'Tabloid Nightmare' – the demise of print media.  Taste test cocktails like Pulque-mon Go: a fragrant mix of Calle 23 Tequila, horchata, chamomile, honey and Sierra Nevada Cactus and grapefruit Gose beer that uses the tart beer to balance the cocktail. There are plenty more interesting flavour combinations in the rest of the menu, and many more to come when the summer cocktail menu comes out in a few months for post-Edinburgh Gardens sessions. If cocktails aren't for you, the Loretta's team also know a great whisky (or whiskey) when they see one, with plenty of American options alongside classics from the Scottish isles. Hungry? Bluebonnet Barbecue is serving up smoky meats cooked low-and-slow from Loretta's neighbouring kitchen, so you won't have to go far for some sustenance.   

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Coburg Night Market
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Coburg Night Market

Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010.  Every Friday night from November 25 to December 16, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. Run by Moreland City Council, over 30 food vendors including Cypriot Kitchen, Bun Cornidios and Perla Tacos, Indigenous Street Feast and Babaji’s Kitchen will be dishing up delicious street food at the weekly night market. There will be vegan, vegetarian and halal-friendly options available too.  Much like the food available, music and entertainment have also been sourced from Melbourne's global communities. Each Friday, the night market will present a different style and sound, from 1950s harmonies by local band Bobby and the Pins, Latin beats from Mariachi Los Romanticos, and roaming bands like Uptown Brown and The Whoopee Project, and Cyclo Illuminato.  The market has been scheduled before Christmas, giving shoppers a great chance to pick up some artisanal gifts. 

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Open up your night with the Night Network
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Open up your night with the Night Network

Melbourne is fast becoming a 24-hour city: you can eat out at great restaurants at 1am, see late-night shows, and dance until 4am, then catch public transport home on the weekend. Whether you're burning the midnight oil at work, celebrating a special occasion in the city, or simply experiencing everything Melbourne has to offer until the wee hours, you can now stay out late without having to worry about finding your way home with the Night Network. The Night Network trial provides train, tram, bus and coach services to Melbourne and regional Victoria all night on Fridays and Saturdays. You can open up your night with services including the Night Trains, which run direct to and from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse. If you're heading in or out of the inner-city areas, Night Trams run every 30 minutes on routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96, and 109. Night Buses operate on 21 routes covering other parts of the city, some departing every 30 minutes from the CBD, and others connecting with trains at suburban stations.  Live further out from Melbourne's city centre? Leave the car at home and trust the Night Network to get you home safely with Night Coaches, departing at 2am from Southern Cross Station's Coach Terminal to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon. With public transport running around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, late night dwellers and night workers clocking off in the early hours can depend o

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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel
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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel

Head out west this Christmas where The Station hotel will be serving a three-course feast. Open throughout the festive season, the Station Hotel's Christmas Day feast will feature the pub's famous steaks (available in scotch, rostbiff and porterhouse), traditional ham and turkey with all the trimmings, and roast pork loin with your favourite Christmas sides like chat potatoes, gravy and apple sauce.  Save room for the Christmas pudding and brandy anglaise sauce at the end, or a fresh summer berry parfait is you prefer something tangy. Lunch seatings are available from 11.30am and 2pm. Bookings are essential, $110pp adults and $35pp kids. 

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