Eating Out in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is justifiably considered to be the number one city for eating out in Australia. Adelaide may be cheaper and Sydney more sophisticated but Melbourne has the widest choice and finest food available. The huge influx of immigrants has had a remarkable influence on the ethnic diversity of the restaurant sector in the city.

Lonsdale Street in the city centre is lined with a number of Greek establishments as is Richmonds Swan Street, while Little Bourke Street is home to Chinatown. In Fitzroy's Johnston Street youll find the Spanish strip and Lygon Street, Carlton is one of the many parts of the city where a healthy selection of Italian restaurants can be found. Victoria Street is full of Vietnamese places and St Kilda has a fine selection of bakeries and delis, as does Jewish Balaclava. Most Melbourne restaurants allow you to bring your own drink but a corkage fee ($1) is often charged.

Restaurants in Melbourne

  • Niagara Hotel

    385 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia

    Located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, the Niagara Hotel has one of the city's best deals. Here, for just $9.50, you can get yourself a pizza and a glass of wine or pot of beer. The deal, on all day Monday to Friday, has 17 pizzas to choose from so you're bound to find one that tickles your fancy.

    Open Mon-Sat 11am-close.

  • Grill'd

    83 Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

    Specialising in burgers, burgers, and burgers, this is one of ten Grill'd restaurants around Melbourne, yet doesn't have that 'franchise-feel' of other fast food restaurants. The varied menu has beef, chicken and lamb burgers, plus veggie ones too.

    Open Sun-Thurs 11.30am-10pm, Fri & Sat until 11pm.

  • Degraves Espresso

    23 Degraves St, Melbourne, Australia

    Tucked neatly between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, Degraves Street is one of Melbourne's coolest lanes for outdoor eating. If you like to nibble on your nosh, try the tapas in this café. For just $25 you can pick 4 dishes such as chorizo and Spanish potatoes. There's a particularly good vibe there on Friday evenings.

    Open Mon-Fri 8am-10.30pm, Sat 8am-6.30pm.

  • Spicy Fish Restaurant

    209 Little Bourke St, Chinatown, Melbourne, Australia

    Some people tend to like their food spicy, others don't. If you are one who does, this restaurant in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown is perfect for you. Specialising in traditional Shanghai and Szechuan style cuisine, prices are attractive and food is top notch.

    Open daily from 11.30am-10.30pm.

  • Mekong

    241 Swanston Walk, Melbourne, Australia

    Small specialist Vietnamese cafe. Their most popular dish is pho (beef or chicken noodle soup) and all their meals are excellent value (around $5). Always packed at lunchtime. Mon-Thurs & Sun 8am-11pm, Fri & Sat 8am-2pm.

  • Southgate Food Court

    Southgate Shopping Centre, Southgate, Melbourne, Australia

    Food courts were invented for those times when hunger strikes but you don't know what you want. When this happens go to this food court on the banks of River Yarra which will definitely have something to entice you.

    Open Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri & Sat to 10.30pm, Sun to 8pm.

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