Restaurants & Cafés

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

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?

The best cheese shops in Melbourne
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The best cheese shops in Melbourne

Even if you're lactose intolerant, it's hard not to love cheese – think about how much better it makes just about every meal (nachos without cheese? No thanks). Check out our favourite places to pick up a wedge or a wheel or two. Then, head to one of Melbourne's best cafés and see of you can't pick yourself up a cheese toastie, or check out these pizza joints for some stringy-mozzarella delight en route to your home-cheese enjoyment.

BYO restaurants in Melbourne
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BYO restaurants in Melbourne

Got a nice bottle of wine you want to crack open at dinner? Skip the restaurant mark-up and settle on the many eateries around town that allow diners to bring their own bottle, whether you're feeling like vino or beer. If you're looking for a nightcap after dinner, check out our CBD bar crawl. Alternatively, if you want wine to be the star of the show next time you're out, head to one of the best wine bars in Melbourne.

20 must-eat Melbourne dishes
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20 must-eat Melbourne dishes

From pigeon to paccheri these are the dishes that define dining in Melbourne

The best steak in Melbourne
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The best steak in Melbourne

In the mood for a meat fix?

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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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Winter warmers at the Middle Park Hotel

The Middle Park Hotel is embracing its culinary roots and introducing a new menu devised by head chef Sangsub Ha. The gastropub will hone in on Victorian produce, showcase swish new dishes while also delivering some excellent pub classics. Entrees veer towards modern flavours, like the hiramasa kingfish with nori powder, squid ink rice puff and daikon radish remoulade; and veal carpaccio with apple, truffle soy, feta and curry oil. The menu is also geared towards groups, with share plates that include individual bites like lamb and chorizo sausage rolls and freshly shucked oysters; or larger share platters like the 1.5kg dry aged rib eye with cured meats, parmesan crisps, seasonal greens and red wine jus. Like any great pub, they will also grill you a prime steak. Choose from grass-fed porterhouse, eye fillet or rib eye bone cuts, which come served with smoked garlic butter, pepper or mushroom sauce. Vegetarians are well looked after too, with plant-focused dishes including salted beets with cheese blancmange, watercress and beetroot chips; and tagliatelle with creamed shimeji, champignon, oyster and porcini mushrooms.  With each dish on the menu, you'll also find a specially selected wine, be it a full-bodied Exception cabernet malbec or a fruity La Vieille Ferme rosé.  Whether it’s a special night out, a mid-week repast or a Sunday lunch, the Middle Park Hotel’s menu takes a step up to deliver beyond the usual pub fare. Find out more about the Middle Park Hotel's new m

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