Restaurants & Cafés

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

The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne
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The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne

Hot? Here's all the delicious icy treats you'll need to keep it cool

The best doughnuts in Melbourne
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The best doughnuts in Melbourne

Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?

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 sushi trains in Melbourne
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The best sushi trains in Melbourne

Stopping all stations to your mouth

The best coffee in Melbourne CBD
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The best coffee in Melbourne CBD

We road-tested the best coffee in the CBD to determine who is making the perfect cups

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 breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne
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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 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

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 milkshakes in Melbourne
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The best milkshakes in Melbourne

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

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The best places to eat in Melbourne

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 fish and chips in Melbourne
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The best fish and chips in Melbourne

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

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 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 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

The best restaurants for vegetarians
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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

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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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Amex Eats: Salt and pepper squid in Melbourne
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Amex Eats: Salt and pepper squid in Melbourne

Deep fried squid, calamari, salt and pepper squid – whatever you want to call it and whichever way you want to fry it – it comes up on every other menu in Melbourne. From pubs to fine diners, Italian institutions to the local fish and chip shop, we scooted around the city to see who's frying up the cephalopods in the most interesting of ways, and letting you pay for your salty fried treat using your American Express.    

Head to the Duke of Wellington for happy hour tasting platters
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Head to the Duke of Wellington for happy hour tasting platters

Every day (so that includes weekends) Melbourne's oldest licensed pub the Duke of Wellington is putting on $18 Happy Hour Tasting Plates from 4 to 6pm. Punters can order up $7.50 wine, beer or basics or imbibe with $10 cocktails. Now, this CBD pub is also offering up share plates to complement your bargain drinks. You can snack on crisp salt and pepper calamari; dips with sourdough; lasagne croquettes with mushroom ketchup; and charcoal fried prawn sliders packed with wasabi slaw, pickled seaweed and kewpie mayo, all for just $18.  Probably the biggest clincher is the Duke's stellar location, minutes from Fed Square and all the action on Flinders Street. Their minimalist public bar is ringed by comfortable green banquettes, so you can kick back with mates, enjoy happy hour drinks and catch up on any night of the week.  Find out more about the Duke of Wellington.

Enjoy boozy ice cream at the Exchange
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Enjoy boozy ice cream at the Exchange

To see out that last of the long summer days, Port Melbourne's Exchange Hotel is doing adults-only ice creams and sorbets, with house made wine and spirits infused frosty treats available every day of the week. The flavours change weekly so you may get a scoop of gin and cucumber sorbet, Aperol sorbet with blood orange or an espresso martini ice cream served in a house-made chocolate bowl.  On Saturdays, head chef Fraser Stark is flipping mini burgers, so you can also snap up a cider and slider special, with $20 jugs of cider and four sliders for just $15 (from noon until 5pm). Also on any given day you can order up a rosé spritz for just $6 from 4-7pm.  There's only a few weeks left of balmy days, so head into the Port Melbourne pub to send off the summer in style.  Find out more about the Exchange Hotel.

8 hilarious acts to check out this comedy season
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8 hilarious acts to check out this comedy season

An A-list line-up of comedy talent is about to hit a stage near you. Here's the rundown of what to see and where and when to see it.