By Time Out in partnership with Google
Melbourne’s CBD contains the greatest density of businesses and residences of any area in Victoria. According to the 2016 Census, 80 per cent of the residents in the city were born outside of Australia, with most immigrants coming from Asia. There is a mix of young urban professionals and students who live in the CBD, which has lead to a significant rise of cheap, regional Chinese restaurants opening up in the vicinity of RMIT and Melbourne University. A vibrant, 24-hour city, Melbourne City is home to the Arts Centre, Forum Theatre, State Library of Victoria, the NGV, Flinders Street Station, the famed Queen Victoria Market as well as many late night bars and eateries – some of which occupy former brothels, electrical substations and even toilets.
Start your food journey with Sunda, where the Vegemite Curry Roti is the summation of its playful approach to Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese cuisine. Then move through legendary casual diner Cumulus Inc, free-ranging Gallic eatery French Saloon and benchmark-setting Spanish outpost MoVida. Wash it all down with a perfectly poured cocktail at one of the City's unique laneway bars such as the inimitable Bar Americano. From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Melbourne so special.
While you're here...
Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept