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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

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Melbourne

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is putting on a special Lunar New Year performance that blends together the traditions of western opera and Chinese masterworks. This year, the event will take place at Hamer Hall on February 5 and the program will feature Li-Wei Qin on the cello, conductor Joshua Tan, soprano Sharon Zhai and tenor Kang Wang. They will perform pieces from Mendelssohn, Zhao Jiping, Puccini and more. Grab your tickets here.

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  • Restaurants
  • 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

  • Restaurants
  • 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
  • Melbourne

On Tuesday, February 1, Queen Vic Market will be celebrating the Year of the Tiger with a traditional lion dance. Watch as the lion makes its way through the market and take in the traditional decorations including lanterns and dragon displays near the Meat and Fish Hall. The festivities will kick off at 10am and afterwards you can explore the market and grab a late breakfast or early lunch. 

 

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Crown restaurant Spice Temple is putting on a series of banquets to celebrate Lunar New Year from February 2 through to February 13. The menu has been designed with Chinese food symbolism at the fore: think eggs that signify fertility, red ingredients that stand for prosperity and fish to symbolise life and abundance. The menu is $139 per person with an optional $85 per person wine matching, and you can make a booking through the Spice Temple website

 

  • 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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