Restaurants & Cafés

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

The best cakes in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best cakes in Melbourne

Whether you need an elaborate dessert or a morale-boosting office treat, these are our favourite party cakes in Melbourne right now

Round-the-world dining at Atlas
Restaurants

Round-the-world dining at Atlas

This brilliant new restaurant shifts to the cuisine of a different country every four months

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The best places for cheese and wine in Melbourne
Bars

The best places for cheese and wine in Melbourne

Vin et fromage. Vino e formaggio. No matter what language you’re speaking, everyone knows that cheese and wine is the ultimate combo

The best fish and chips in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Melbourne

Nothing tastes more resolutely of summer than the humble box of fish and chips, so join us as we voyage around Melbourne’s fish and chipperies

Where to eat right now

The best new openings in Melbourne
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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 patisseries in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best patisseries in Melbourne

Melbourne's best bakeries and patisseries have made an art out of baked goods. Here are the best

See our latest restaurant reviews

The best Melbourne cafés

The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne
Restaurants

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

The best milkshakes in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best milkshakes in Melbourne

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

The best hot chocolates in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

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

The best smoothies in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best smoothies in Melbourne

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

See our latest Melbourne café reviews

The best places to eat in Melbourne

The best fish and chips in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best fish and chips in Melbourne

Nothing tastes more resolutely of summer than the humble box of fish and chip

The best burgers in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best burgers in Melbourne

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

The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best Korean barbecue in Melbourne

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

The best pizzas in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best pizzas in Melbourne

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

The best dumplings in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best dumplings in Melbourne

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

The best restaurants for vegetarians
Restaurants

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

See more of Melbourne's best restaurants

Melbourne by cuisine

The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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.  

The best restaurants in Southbank
Restaurants

The best restaurants in Southbank

From cheap eats to world-class fine dining destinations

The best Lygon Street restaurants
Restaurants

The best Lygon Street restaurants

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

For the sweet tooth

The best doughnuts in Melbourne
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

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
Restaurants

The best high teas in Melbourne

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

The best pancakes in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best pancakes in Melbourne

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

You might also like...

Blanc de Blanc
Clubs

Blanc de Blanc

After sizzling hot runs in Sydney, London and Adelaide, Blanc de Blanc is finally making its way to Melbourne for a season of Champagne-fuelled cabaret. The evening of adults-only circus, dance, acrobatics and other antics will be heating up the Spiegeltent at Map 57, a brand new arts precinct in St Kilda. This winter cast of quirky performers – comedians, models, show girls, singers, contortionists and aerial artists – will turn the night into a mad romp that begins in a sophisticated Parisian cabaret venue and slowly transforms into a crazed nightclub party. Expect bubbles, burlesque, balloons, sequins and tops off, for a hands down good time.  "If Baz Luhrmann made a nightclub it'd be like this" – Time Out Sydney Find out more about Blanc de Blanc.

Alluvial Restaurant
Restaurants Book online

Alluvial Restaurant

At Alluvial Restaurant the past never feels far away. You’ll find the dining room located between Collins Street’s Rialto and Winfield buildings, both of which were built in the 1890s during the twilight years of Melbourne’s gold rush; the former is designed in Venetian neo-gothic style. Once a laneway, Alluvial Restaurant is now a soaring glass atrium, running all the way from Collins Street to Flinders Lane. Look up, and you’ll notice floors of five-star hotel rooms that once served as wool and wheat stores. Look down, and you might miss another of Alluvial Restaurant’s secrets: beneath the floorboards is the original bluestone cobbled laneway. While Alluvial Restaurant embraces its history, there is nothing passé about chef Tijn Bremmers’ menu, which takes inspiration from Melbourne’s many diverse cultures and brings them to life using local produce, fresh herbs from the hotel’s rooftop garden and honey harvested from their rooftop beehives. Start with finely sliced kingfish ceviche, topped with thin ribbons of cucumber and flanked by button-sized dollops of zingy lemon gel. Seafood lovers will also jump on the squid ink linguine – heirloom tomatoes and crayfish butter providing a rich sauce to the fat tiger prawns. Moreton Bay bugs come adorned with flavoursome crisp chicken skin, along with mild, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin ravioli. And those crunchy, smoked paprika fries with garlic aioli? Follow your instinct and order them. When it comes to choosing a wine from the 1

Book online
Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time
Theatre

Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time

Opera is one of our most revered forms of culture. But with great reputation comes a high intimidation-factor. At Time Out, we’re lucky enough to have seen plenty of operas, so we know it’s not all valkyries in horned helmets and heavy breast armour. But we also know not everyone has been so lucky. Like Shakespeare, The Iliad and The Odyssey or Jane Austen, opera has worked itself so deeply into our pop-cultural imaginations that most of us can probably recognise Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ aria, or the twisty plotting of Cosi Fan Tutte without necessarily knowing where it came from. Given this sense of familiarity, we figured that for most people, seeing a famous opera for the first time will feel more like reconnecting with an old friend than meeting someone new. To test the theory, we gathered together four young creative types, with very different backgrounds, from three different cities, with one thing in common: they’d never been to the opera as an adult. We brought them all to Sydney for Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and filmed the results.   Melburnian Ali Barter may make grungy guitar pop now, but the Girlie Bits singer is also a classically trained soprano. As a kid, she’d actually appeared on stage in an opera, but she’d never seen one performed before. “I imagine I’m going to be blown away by their technical ability,” she told us before the show. True to her word, she came out impressed. “Just their breathing ability… it was incredible. Now I kn