Melbourne: Where to Eat
Visit Melbourne and your quest for the perfect meal will be over. Offering a dizzying spread of the world’s great cuisines - from the simple to the truly exotic - the city serves up an unbeatable culinary experience in more than 3,000 restaurants, cafes and bistros. Bars stay open late. There are plenty of clubs and the city bursts with music venues catering for all tastes - from grunge rock to jazz and from blues to the avant-garde.
Melbourne has many arcades and laneways housing cosy cafes and bars. Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street, Bourke St and Little Bourke St (Chinatown), are just some of the places to find great coffee, food, wine and entertainment. Still in the city, Southbank offers all-night entertainment at Crown Entertainment Complex, including Crown Casino, dozens of cafes and restaurants, cinemas and live music venues.
Steadily becoming one of the hottest places to eat is the new Coda Bar and Restaurant. Culinary snobs are in for a treat as the man in the kitchen is chef Adam D’Sylva, named Young Chef of the Year by The Age Good Food Guide 2008. The menu offers a tempting fusion of European and Asian delights at prices to suit all budgets.
Coda Bar and Restaurant, Basement 141 Flinders Lane.
Just down the road is The Chophouse/Goose and Vinyl Bar. The Chophouse is another brand new establishment with a cosy atmosphere, perfect for getting away from the chill of the Melbourne winter. As its name suggests, the menu serves up an array of chopped salads, meat cuts and seasonal entrees. Upstairs is the Goose and Vinyl Bar, perfect for music lovers as it has a vast collection of vinyl LPs. You choose which one you want from a ‘vinyl menu’ and relax to the traditional quality of sound you only get from a vinyl record!
The Chophouse/Goose Vinyl Bar. 91-93 Flinders Lane.
Great Italian eateries bring food and classic Italian dining experience together on Lygon Street. Complement your Italian dining experience with some wonderful Victorian wines.
Across the Yarra River, Chapel Street is a hive of activity, especially at weekends. It is home to the stylish set as well as some great cafes and bars. Sit at one of the alfresco cafes, sip a latte and invest some time in some serious people watching.
The seaside suburb of St Kilda is awash with dining experiences, from fine dining to relaxed, casual eating and drinking spots around Fitzroy and Acland streets.
Just 2km north from the centre of Melbourne is the suburb of Carlton. Carlton is the traditional home of Melbourne’s Italian community, so you just know you’ll be served up a treat in one of the many authentic Italian restaurants.
If you’re after European flavour but don’t want to stick to Italian, then try Markov Place which has been described as “One of Carlton’s best kept secrets” by Tourism Victoria. Entering via the wine shop, you descend into a place that reminds you of Bourneville chocolate because of it’s dark, lush interior. Its menu is very Spanish influenced with seafood being the main fare. It caters for all budgets, so you can choose the 3 course meal or you can share some of the many smaller dishes such as zucchini flower and goats cheese fritters.
Markov Place, 350 Drummond St, Carlton.
Docklands is a unique waterfront development in the heart of Melbourne. Set on spectacular Victoria Harbour, this development has stunning views, unique urban art, historic wharves, marinas, parkland, and a great selection of restaurants, stylish bars and cafes to enjoy.
If you go down to the South Wharf you’ll find the newly opened Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Here Victoria shows off its culinary achievements to local and overseas visitors and is well worth a look, if only to taste their local food and wine offering which sources all its ingredients from local producers.
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