Jetty at Port Melbourne
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Port Melbourne area guide

The best restaurants, bars, shops and events in Port Melbourne

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This suburb's so steeped in history that you might swear you saw a salty sailor lurching out of one of the ancient pubs – but that's just a typical Friday night. Towering alongside Sandridge Beach you'll often see the Spirit of Tasmania, which departs for Tassie daily.

The best restaurants in Port Melbourne

The Cricketers
Restaurants

The Cricketers

The Cricketers pub doubles as a neighbourhood eatery and is a little gem in the heart of Port Melbourne

The Hack
Bars

The Hack

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A revamped old pub is doing beers, barbecue and summery cocktails in the heart of Port Melbourne

Mr Lawrence
Restaurants

Mr Lawrence

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Middle Eastern fare comes garnished with a sea breeze in Port Melbourne

Nonna's Cucina
Restaurants

Nonna's Cucina

Nonna’s Cucina offers Abruzzese cooking, expect wholesome and rustic dishes with an emphasis on simple and traditional food which makes the most out...

The best bars in Port Melbourne

Starward Distillery
Bars

Starward Distillery

Starward whisky has become a Melbourne mainstay, and we should count ourselves lucky for it

The Exchange Hotel
Bars

The Exchange Hotel

This joint is a rather minimalist affair with decor so white and clean you could mistake if for a surgery – were you not sitting amongst a crowd of...

The Hack
Bars

The Hack

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A revamped old pub is doing beers, barbecue and summery cocktails in the heart of Port Melbourne

More great venues in Port Melbourne

Blackstone Bespoke
Shopping

Blackstone Bespoke

Shop raw, rustic and earthy designs by this Melbourne-based jeweller

Metartworld
Attractions

Metartworld

Scrap metal has been fashioned into colourful statues at a Port Melbourne gallery that has mazes, workshops, exhibitions, parties and more

Westgate Park
Things to do

Westgate Park

You might have spotted this peaceful wetland under the West Gate while you were stuck in traffic on the bridge above. Those will seem like the bad old days...

Vinnies: Port Melbourne
Shopping

Vinnies: Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne isn’t the first place that comes to mind when most people think of op shops in Melbourne, but the Vinnies on Bay Street is here to prove...