Restaurants & Cafés

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

Melbourne’s best off-menu items
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Melbourne’s best off-menu items

Not all menus are the be-all and end-all of a service. Sometimes, it takes a little familiarity, inquisitiveness and knowing how to work the system to get a dish that isn’t on the menu. Strap in – we’ll tell you how.

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 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?

5 stars for Laura
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5 stars for Laura

Head to the Mornington Peninsula for Pt Leo Estate's stunning new restaurant

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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.

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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Win a Real Madrid World of Football Experience Prize Pack

Melbourne football fans have been attending the Real Madrid World of Football Experience at Melbourne Museum Plaza in their droves. Fans have been praising the interactive ‘Come Play!’ Zone, loaded with physical, digital and playable technology. In the Skills Arena, visitors have been testing their kicking power, speed and accuracy, and battling it out in the Fuzbol Battle Zone on the gigantic 16-person Fuzbol table. Such is the fans’ fervour that the organisers have extended the exhibition’s world premiere season in Melbourne until Sunday September 30. And they are offering a special prize pack to one lucky reader consisting of: 4 adult flexi tickets to Real Madrid World of Football Experience 4 Real Madrid T-shirts 2 soccer balls Photo package including photo holder, 7 images in total (in different sizes), keyring and digital copies of the photos. Flexi passes are valid any day and time, subject to availability, and must be redeemed by September 30, 2018. To win this prize, valued at $459.95, simply sign up to Time Out’s weekly newsletter, your guide to the best of Melbourne each week. Already a subscriber? You can still enter the competition (and we won’t kick an own goal by sending you multiple newsletters). Fill out my online form. // var z1c60c0l0g0org3;(function(d, t) { var s = d.createElement(t), options = { 'userName':'timeoutlondon', 'formHash':'z1c60c0l0g0org3', 'autoResize':true, 'height':'1118', 'async':true, 'host':'wuf

Australia’s first massage yoga retreat is happening this August
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Australia’s first massage yoga retreat is happening this August

Modern life can be pretty hectic sometimes, especially when you live in a big city. If your usual yoga session (or let’s be honest, 3am ice cream and Netflix binge) just isn’t relaxing you anymore, it might be time to roll out the big guns. Luckily Australia’s first Massoga Massage Yoga retreat is happening in Victoria this August. Lead by Massoga founder Wallis Murphy and three other facilitators, the Massoga Massage Yoga retreat is four-days of blissful relaxation. Located in the wilderness just outside Hepburn Springs, the retreat isn’t your ordinary yoga getaway. Over the course of the retreat guests will be guided through Massoga Massage Yoga – a yin yoga and massage hybrid developed by Murphy over two years ago. The combination of gentle movement and human touch is designed to let participants enter a deeper state of relaxation than in a traditional yoga class. In addition to the Massoga Massage Yoga sessions, guests at the retreat will take part in Turkish baths, meditation, silent nature walks, private massages, slow flow yoga and an essential oils workshops (where you’ll learn how to concoct your own relaxation blend). Meals and snacks are included, with the nourishing vegetarian menu designed by Spade and Blade. The Massoga Massage Yoga retreat will feature downtime as well so you can explore the beautiful Hepburn Springs surrounds and let go of all the tension in your body. The retreat is designed for novice, intermediate and advanced yogis – because everyon

A gin-infused high tea is happening at the Cliveden
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A gin-infused high tea is happening at the Cliveden

The Cliveden is throwing a gin-infused high tea to celebrate their first birthday. On Saturday, September 1 the Cliveden Bar and Dining is hosting a one-off high tea inspired by the widely loved spirit, gin. G&T lovers, your prayers have been answered. On the Cliveden’s gin high tea menu you’ll find a host of edible delights that have been infused with the herbaceous spirit. Try the cured salmon, scones with Negroni jam or picture-perfect gin-infused lemon tarts (which really should be a standard addition to all lemon tarts). The Cliveden have their own bespoke gin, which has been made by the bar’s mixologists and handcrafted at Bass and Flinders Distillery – so it’s only fitting that they celebrate their big day with a healthy dose of quality gin. Naturally, you’ll be able to sip on the Cliveden’s own gin at the high tea, with several gin cocktails available on the day. Like some sparkling to switch things up? For an additional $12 you can get free-flowing sparkling wine to accompany your meal. Even though it’s their birthday, the Cliveden will be the one handing out gifts on the day with lots of prizes up for grabs. This is the perfect opportunity to see how versatile gin can be in cooking, or even your chance to try the Cliveden’s signature, bespoke gin for the first time. The Cliveden Bar and Dining’s one-time-only gin-infused high tea is on from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 1. Tickets start at $50 and can be booked online.

Side with Amex in Melbourne's east
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Side with Amex in Melbourne's east

The eating is good in Melbourne's east, but it's even better at these leading restaurants. Pay with your American Express® Card and you'll be rewarded with a complimentary side for your first main meal ordered. Want to know more? Check out our Side with Amex FAQ. For more great offerings, return to the American Express casual dining guide.