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Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct

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Photograph: Jesse Spezza

Time Out says

Follow the crowds to this riverside complex that boasts bountiful bars, crowd-pleasing restaurants and eclectic boutiques

Southgate is a restaurant and shopping precinct located along Southbank Promenade. Along this riverside strip you’ll find street performers, river cruises and happy-go-lucky Melburnians out for a stroll. You’re also within skipping distance of major city landmarks like the Arts Centre, Crown, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Fed Square and Flinders Street Station.

Inside this prominent riverside complex, you’ll find an eclectic mix of fashion, homewares and gift boutiques including Kikki K, Mary Martin Bookshop and vintage store American Rag. You’ll also find restaurants, cafés and bars, each willing to knock you into a city-side stupor with their enviable views of Melbourne’s CBD skyline.

Grab a meal pre- or post-show at The Deck, a European-style dining hub located beside Hamer Hall and the Arts Centre. Located on Southgate’s upper level, it's where punters can revel in sunny outdoor deck dining with French-style charcuterie and a full wine display from Australian and international winemakers. A full-service menu is served from breakfast to dinner and highlights The Deck’s commitment to high quality produce.

For authentic teppanyaki, head to Miyako, a Japanese food house that’s been serving hungry Melburnians for close to 20 years. Try the theatrical experience provided by talented teppanyaki chefs as they juggle utensils and food while preparing your meal, or decide to go à la carte with fresh sushi and sashimi.

Bluetrain epitomises that laidback attitude Melburnians hold dear with a casual selection of grazing plates, pizza, pasta, burgers and dishes off the char-grill. Go here for your after-work drink and take your pick of quality spirits, wines, cocktails and 16 different beer taps.  

For a fancier affair, head to the drink-slinging Waterslide Bar. Here, you’ll find a well curated drinks menu that has dedicated two pages to signature cocktails and another nine just for American whiskeys. Food offerings are just as swell, with roast pork Cuban sandwiches, deep-fried gnocchi and soft-shell crab po’boys.

More foodie options come via seafood bar and grill Waterfront, Italian fine diner Tutto Bene, Bavarian beer house Hophaus, classic pub fare at PJ O’Brien’s and a host of options at Southgate’s licenced food court, which features Grill’d, Rolld, Salsa’s, Boost Juice and more.


Address: 2 Southgate Ave
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri, Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-6pm
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