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The Lunar New Year banquet feast at the Melba Restaurant.
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The best Lunar New Year events in Melbourne

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Tiger with these festivities around Melbourne

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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This year, Lunar New Year falls on February 1 and rings in the Year of the Tiger. Unlike the celebration of New Year on January 1, which is based on the Gregorian calendar, this New Year's celebration is based on the lunar calendar and signifies the start of spring. For many, this is a time to get together with friends and family to wish for good luck and a prosperous year ahead. 

It's also a perfect excuse to eat your way through our list of Melbourne's best dumplings and explore the diverse range of Chinese cuisine at the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne

Chinese New Year events

  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

On the weekend of February 5-6, you can head to Fed Square to catch outdoor screenings of Asian films like Lost in Hong KongGo BrotherMonster Hunter 2 and Our Times. The films are a mix of family-friendly features and flicks aimed at a mature audience, perfect for either a family night out or a catch-up with friends. Head to the Fed Square website for information on showtimes. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Prahran

Book in for a delicious yum cha lunch or dinner at David's or sister restaurant Oriental Teahouse. On February 1, David's will offer a 6.30pm dinner eating featuring an all-inclusive five-course menu. Think pan-fried barbecue pork buns, chilli tiger prawns, a fiery steamed snapper, XO pipis with Chinese doughnuts, sticky pork belly and delicious dumpling baskets. You can book in for either restaurant through Seven Rooms website

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  • Melbourne
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Feel like splurging? Enjoy a special LNY banquet featuring dishes that pay reference to the Year of the Tiger. Expect dishes like stir-fried seafood with ginger, garlic chives and XO sauce, abalone served with faux shark fin sauce and jinhua ham custard and a 'Yee Sang' or prosperity salad. The banquet is priced at $220 per person and bookings can be made through the Lee Ho Fook website.

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  • Shopping
  • Jewellery
  • Cremorne

Local jewellery shop S-kin Studio is hosting a multicultural Lunar New Year celebration at its Cremorne store. Get your fortune read, visit the piercing station, spin the wheel of fortune, get red packets and enjoy Asian cuisine and boba. You'll also be able to shop the new limited edition LNY collection that features pieces with hand-drawn and etched Chinese zodiac animals and flowers. The event will take place on January 29 with an 11am to 1.30pm session and a 2pm to 4.30pm session available. Tickets are $30 per person and can be booked through the S-kin Studio website

Melbourne's best yum cha

Melbourne's best Chinese restaurants

The best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese

Remember the bad old days when Chinese food meant lemon chicken doused in an iridescent yellow sauce? We’ve come a long way since then. Here is a list of places to go to (both casual and fancy) if you don’t fancy wokking something up at home.

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