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

All the action from our night of nights at Palermo

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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Lost your bank card? No need to cancel it
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Lost your bank card? No need to cancel it

Left your Bank of Melbourne card behind the bar by mistake? Dropped your wallet? No need to stress, the Bank of Melbourne has your back. Their mobile banking app enables customers to get cash out from your Complete Freedom account at any Bank of Melbourne ATM, and you can also temporarily lock your card, so there will no funny business while it’s out of your sight. Because it might find its way back to you – it might magically reappear behind the couch or in your other pants. In fact, research conducted in 2016* showed three out of ten people had a false alarm regarding a lost card that ended up being safe and sound after all.  But what to do while you wait for your missing card to show up? We suggest you kick back and relax in one of these cash-only or cash-preferred venues in Melbourne...  What's more, the Bank of Melbourne is giving $75 cash back to new customers that open a Complete Freedom everyday account online by September 28, 2018 and deposit $500 ($250 for Students/Under 21s) within 45 days of opening the account**. *2016 Lost Cards Report; the research was commissioned by Westpac and powered by Lonergan Research. **New Complete Freedom customers only. Offer period is Sep 3, 2018 to Sep 28, 2018. Read the terms and conditions at bankofmelbourne.com.au before making a decision and consider if the product is right for you.

Beer Deluxe Hawthorn is now serving craft beer brunch
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Beer Deluxe Hawthorn is now serving craft beer brunch

The Hop Sessions has landed at Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn and it's all about showcasing the best local craft brews. To do so, they'll be hosting a craft beer brunch every Sunday from 11am. For $50 per person, you'll enjoy a two-hour package of craft beer where you can sample brews from the likes of Abbotsford's Moon Dog and Sydney’s Northern Beaches Modus Operandi, alongside Holgate Brewhouse, 3 Ravens and Hawthorn Brewing beers. The beer list changes weekly so you'll always find something new to try. Along with your schooners, you'll get to choose a meal from Beer Deluxe's brunch menu, which takes breakfast classics into pub meal mode. Choose between a breakfast burger with a milk bun, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomato relish and a fried egg; pulled barbecue pork burger with fried egg and hollandaise sauce; or a pulled chicken and corn omelette. If you're after a lighter option, opt for the mixed mushroom bruschetta with feta, lemon and parsley salsa; or crushed avo with pickled jalapeños and poached eggs. You can reserve a table anytime from 11am, so get a bunch of mates together and book in for the beer-focused brunch.  Find out more about the Hop Sessions – Craft Beer Brunch at Beer Deluxe.

The 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival is coming
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The 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival is coming

Melbourne is known for its dynamic arts and culture scene year-round, but from October 3-21 it goes into overdrive when the Melbourne International Arts Festival takes over some of the city's most important public spaces, cultural institutions, galleries and theatres.  If you're looking for a fiery public spectacle, French artists Compagnie Carabosse will be taking over the Royal Botanic Gardens with Fire Gardens, a series of huge, flaming installations that will light up the gardens for three nights only. The Royal Botanic Gardens will also play home to Lexicon, a new work (and the only Australian performance) by immersive circus arts troupe NoFit State. To follow on from last year's House of Mirrors, the trippy 1000 Doors will take over Arts Centre Melbourne's forecourt. It's a maze of doors, some locked, some open, some leading to corridors and rooms, and some leading to cupboards and dead ends. Visitors will be able to walk through the installation, opening whatever doors they fancy and discovering new and interesting pathways through the maze. Melburnian music lovers will want to nab tickets to 16 Lovers Lane, a one-night-only supergroup performance of the classic album with the original members of the Go-Betweens, Paul and Dan Kelly, Romy Vager, Laura Jean and Jen Cloher. Contemporary dance will also take centre stage with the Australian premiere of modern ballet A Quiet Evening of Dance, and a large-scale production of operatic dance piece Layla and Majnun.  Check

Amex Eats: Dim sum to try in Melbourne
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Amex Eats: 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.