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Cafés and restaurants open on New Year's Day in Melbourne

Feeling a little foggy after the New Year's Eve celebrations? Hit these cafés and restaurants on January 1 to pep you up

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Rushani Epa
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Lacey-Jade Christie
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Follow the celebrations of the night before with a carb and caffeine hit. Whether you're hankering for a hearty brunch or something a little lighter (New Year's resolutions and all), you'll need a good feed on New Year's Day. We've done the research so you don't have to: here is our list of Melbourne restaurants and cafés open on New Year's Day. 

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The best places to eat at on New Year's Day

CBD

The following CBD restaurants are open on New Year's Day.


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HuTong
  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne
  • price 1 of 4

Say hello to the nine-course set menu that might see you falling asleep before the day’s end. We think it’s worth it starting the New Year with a full belly though. The menu comes with a glass of wine too and you can expect the likes of silky chilli wontons, bursting xiao long bao and scallops tossed in salt and pepper. And the pièce de résistance? A golden, deep-fried banana with ice cream. It’s only $68 per person with sittings occurring from 11.30am to 3pm and 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Email eliza.lane@goldenagegroup.com.au to book.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Melbourne

Vegans rejoice for it’s your time to shine thanks to Rice Paper Scissors. While there’s a dedicated menu for our herbivorous friends, there’s also a menu for the omnivores with both menus offering south-east Asian-inspired courses to share as well as sparkling wine and beer. Reserve via the website

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North

The following northside restaurants are open on New Year's Day.

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400 Gradi
  • Restaurants
  • Brunswick
  • price 1 of 4

400 Gradi has won an award for its Margherita pizza, so if you’re looking for a saucy pie look no further than here. It’s open from noon until 11pm and you can book via its site

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Blue Chillies

Blue Chillies

Long-serving Malaysian venue Blue Chillies can dish up flaky rotis, light and tangy assam fish in a tamarind curry and sambal okra with eggplant and beans - all taken off its extensive à la carte menu. Dine in from noon to 3pm or 5pm to 10pm and reserve via the Fork.

The Empress Hotel
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy North

Based in Fitzroy North is the old-school pub, the Empress. Check it out anytime between noon to 11pm and reserve your spot via the website.

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Fitz Curry Café
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Fitz Curry Café

Treat yourself to a creamy spinach kofta curry or bite-sized samosas at Fitz Curry Café in Fitzroy North. It’s open for dinner from 4pm to 9pm and you can reserve online.

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  • Restaurants
  • Flemington
  • price 1 of 4

Restore your energy from the night before in between slurps of some of Melbourne’s best laksa at Laksa King. The Malaysian diner will open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 10pm. Reserve by phoning 9372 6383.

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Zafeera's Fine Malaysian Indian Cuisine
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Zafeera's Fine Malaysian Indian Cuisine

Malaysian Indian cuisine is a fine thing, and Zafeera's knows how to dish it up perfectly every time. Think rich, tender pieces of beef cooked until it's tender in a beef fareezi, or deep-fried, boneless nuggets of chicken tossed with spices in a chicken 65. It’s open from 6pm onwards and you can book via the Fork.

East

The following restaurants in Melbourne's east are open on New Year's Day.

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Hunter & Barrel - Eastland
  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • Ringwood
  • price 3 of 4

Ringwood natives can head to Eastland and dine at steakhouse, Hunter and Barrel. Think smoky flavours owing to its coal and spit rotisserie and barrel-aged cocktails. It’s open from noon to 10pm and reservations can be made via its website.

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Kitchen Republik
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Kitchen Republik

Dig into Taiwanese street food-style eats at Kitchen Republik. Think deep-fried pork cutlets laced with five-spice or juicy pan-fried pork dumplings. It’s open from 8.30am to 9pm and you can call 9898 6669 to book your spot.

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Bentleigh

Crisp, juicy Amritsari fish pakodas await you at Lala's Kitchen in Boronia. That and every other dish on its sprawling à la carte Indian-inspired menu. It’s open for dinner from 5pm to 10pm and you can book via the website.

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Pho Huong Viet
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Pho Huong Viet

Sit down to a delicious, piping hot bowl of pho on New Year’s Day and sweat out any toxins from the night before. Based in Box Hill, Pho Huong Viet will open from 9am to 10pm. Call 9890 1688 to reserve.

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South

The following southside restaurants are open on New Year's Day.

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Blossom Thai
  • Restaurants
  • Asian
  • South Yarra
  • price 1 of 4

Blossom Thai will open its doors for you to sit back with zingy larb gai or a comforting bowl of green curry. It’s open from 4pm to 10pm and bookings can be made online.

  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • South Yarra

Don your finest sunnies and make a beeline to the Botanical. It’s open from 7am to midnight and will offer its à la carte menu including its luxe chilled seafood platter or charcuterie board. Reserve online.

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The Clare Castle
  • Bars
  • Port Melbourne

This old-timey pub located in Port Melbourne will grant you beers by the growler and classic pub meals. Think Melbourne's most iconic dish: the chicken parma. It’s open from noon to 10pm and you can book via its website.

Entrecôte
  • Restaurants
  • Prahran
  • price 2 of 4

French diner Entrecôte is putting on a sophisticated New Year’s Day lunch for you to enjoy. Think spicy prawn brioche rolls, followed by French-Moroccan barbecue with couscous and spiced harissa soup, and to finish, an orange blossom parfait with fresh orange and cinnamon salad. Not to mention free-flowing sparkling rosé, beer and rosé, all for just $115.90. Sitting will take place from noon to 4.30pm. Reserve by phoning 9804 5468. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • Edithvale

Edithvale General Store is situated close enough to the beach and offers plenty of vegan-friendly foods like its plant-based burger or burrito bowls. There are options for omnivores as well like a huevos rancheros and eggs benedict hybrid and fried calamari. It’s open from noon to 5pm and bookings can be made via the website.

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Waves on the Beach
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Waves on the Beach

Waves on the Beach will offer stellar views of the bay on Frankston's foreshore and its contemporary Australian à la carte menu from 11am onwards. Reserve online

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West

The following restaurants in Melbourne's west are open on New Year's Day.

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Addis Abeba Restaurant
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Addis Abeba Restaurant

For more colourful and flavoursome platter goodness head to Addis Abeba Restaurant in Footscray. Try the bozena shero with its ground beef and yellow split peas cooked in a mild chilli sauce, or Ethiopia's answer to steak tartare: gored gored. Open from noon to 9pm, you can phone 0468 926 173 to reserve.

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Café Lalibela
  • Restaurants
  • Footscray

Share a giant platter of fresh, spongy injera with spice-laden, Ethiopian curries like doro wot that falls off the bone and juicy and tender pieces of beef in the tibs. Café Lalibela will give you just that and will open from noon to 10pm. Phone 9687 0300 to reserve.

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Ms Kim
  • Restaurants
  • Asian
  • Williamstown
  • price 1 of 4

Modern Vietnamese restaurant and bar, Ms Kim, will open its doors in Williamstown from 5pm to 10pm so you can sit down to a fresh meal and head to take in views of Port Phillip Bay after. Phone 0498 999 867 to reserve.

Pho Hung Vuong Saigon Restaurant
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Pho Hung Vuong Saigon Restaurant

Wrap some lettuce around crisp pork spring rolls or stimulate your senses with a hearty bowl of grilled chicken pho at Footscray’s favourite pho haunt, Pho Hung Vuong Saigon. It’s open from 9am to 8.30pm. Phone 9689 6002 to reserve or walk-in.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Footscray

For fresh cơm tấm like no other, you have to pay a visit to Vietnamese diner Tan Thanh Loi. Its menu reads like an encyclopedia and promises high-quality dishes with amazing flavour. It will open from 9am to 7pm on New Year’s Day and generally accepts walk-ins.

Looking for someplace to eat on Christmas Day?

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés

This year's Christmas on December 25 will mark a time for us to share our joy with loved ones after spending a chunk of the year in isolation. In this case that can also include cosying up to a roast turkey or steamed xiao long bao at one of our favourite restaurants. These city restaurants, bars and cafés are opening their doors to share in the Christmas spirit, and we've included information on how you can join them. 

Still need to get a gift or two? These are some great last-minute Christmas present ideas. Need something to do this silly season? Melbourne has plenty of festive events to yule-tide you over. 

 

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