Restaurants & Cafés

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

Time Out Food Awards 2018: recap
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Time Out Food Awards 2018: recap

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Melbourne's best Russian delis
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Melbourne's best Russian delis

Melbourne has a thriving Eastern European community, thanks to the wave of migrants who arrived in the 1970s and '80s. As a result, we can find plenty of locals stocking up on familiar flavours at a variety of delis in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. Russian cuisine is typically hearty and comforting due to the long winters. The cooking tends to feature starch heavily, coupled with pickles, cured meats, beetroot and cabbage. So whether you're an experienced cook or like taking culinary adventures, these Russian delis will provide ingredients for a Russian feast. Shop on at the best markets in Melbourne and find more of Melbourne's best restaurants while you're at it. 

The best lunches in Melbourne
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The best lunches in Melbourne

Life is too short for droopy lettuce sandwiches and disappointing microwaved leftovers. When hunger strikes in the middle of the day, do yourself a favour and track down something special. From takeaway superfood salads to top-notch pub fare, we've got you covered.  If your lunch runs a bit longer than expected, why not roll into one of Melbourne's best bars, or liven things up at a bar with a dancefloor?

The best noodle soups in Melbourne
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The best noodle soups in Melbourne

What's better than soup? Noodle soup. We've scoured the city for the best noodles soups for you to warm yourselves up with while the chill sets in. Still looking for cheap eats? Check out our favourite lunches in the CBD. Still need a winter warmer? Why don't you head to one of these wine bars?

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

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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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos
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Eva Rothschild: Kosmos

This is the first survey Australian exhibition of the Irish-born artist who's set to represent Ireland at next year’s Venice Biennale. For her illustrious two decade career, she’s used just about every material imaginable – concrete, leather, jesmonite, fabric and plastic – to create striking but minimal sculptures. She draws her inspiration from the minimal art of the 1960s and '70s, as well as classical architecture and pop culture. The exhibition at ACCA brings together recent work from the past decade with brand new commissions.

Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party
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Try a fun roaming photobooth at your party

With Christmas creeping up, now's the time to lock in your festive celebration details. Organising food and drink is easy, but making your party slicker than the rest is the tricky part. Fotobox Australia is all about capturing parties and events in the most fun and dynamic way possible. Try one of their Mobstas to capture all the Christmas and holiday cheer. It's the next generation of roving photobooths for hire. With the Mobsta, you can snap a branded 3D animated GIF, Boomerang or stop-motion GIF on the spot.  The best thing about it? It's handheld and totally portable, meaning it can pop up anywhere at your event. After you've snapped your moment, you can have it sent to your email instantly. For events and brands that means heaps of great social interaction, and for you, it means red hot chrissie content. Fotobox is offering you one hour free if you book a Mobsta between November 26 and December 23. Exclusively for Time Out readers, this deal means you get the required three-hour minimum Mobsta time at your event with the final hour valued at $150 on the house – just remember to use the code TIMEOUT during your consultation.  Book your Mobsta roaming photobooth and find out more here. 

Summer events in South East Queensland
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Summer events in South East Queensland

During summer in Queensland it’s all systems go on fun and frivolities. The southeast corner in particular becomes a flurry of activity, including sporting tournaments, music festivals, art exhibitions and much more. As 2018 ticks over to 2019, you can watch all the tennis action in Brisbane, let your hair down at one of the country’s biggest folk festivals, and enjoy a spot of polo by the beach. Culture buffs can peruse international works of contemporary art, while sports nuts sit it out for three days at the Gabba with eyes fixed on a cricket ball. In between the formalities there are plenty of other places to chill/explore (depending on your energy levels), including Brisbane’s inner-city beach at South Bank, which makes even locals feel like they’re on holidays; the hill with a view, Mt Coot-tha; and wine trails through the Granite Belt. You can also head offshore to Stradbroke, Moreton and Fraser Islands, the latter being the world’s largest sand island, or get lost in the hinterlands behind the Gold or Sunshine Coasts. Of course, the coasts are also ripe for beachy stuff, so bring your towel and a surfboard.

Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog
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Prince Alfred is hosting a Sunday session for you and your dog

Dogs are welcome, nay, encouraged at the Prince Alfred’s new Sunday sessions. Hair of the Dog is the pub’s new Sunday sesh where the drinks are flowing, the specials are ample and your mutts are part of valued clientele. Every weekend Richmond’s Prince Alfred will help you shake off your Saturday night hangover better than your dog shakes off after a bath. Bring your Staffy, greyhound, Frenchie or poodle variation down to Prince Alfred from 11.30am every Sunday and nurse yourself back to a functioning human in the pub’s gloriously sunny beer garden. To ease your transition into the week, the Prince Alfred’s bar will be slinging Bloody Marys for $12. More of a wine drinker? The venue is also doing ‘Clicquot hour’ where punters can score glasses of the extra spesh Champagne for $19, or try a glass Veuve Clicquot rosé for $22. The best part is Clicquot hour is every hour at Prince Alfred and the friendly team will even serve you popcorn to enjoy while you sip. Prince Alfred has even come up with a way to avoid those big ol’ puppy eyes from making you feel guilty about eating and drinking in front of your pet. The Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions will also have puppy snacks, freely available so your favourite family member (it’s true, don’t deny it) won’t go hungry. The pub’s big, leafy beer garden is just asking to be sniffed and explored by your pooch, pupper or very good boy. Prince Alfred’s Hair of the Dog Sunday sessions are on every Sunday from 11.30am to 1.30pm.