Your visit to Melbourne isn't complete without a solid tour of the culinary pleasures that await within this diverse and culture-filled city. Date night through bubbles with the girls - we have you covered.
125 Flinders Lane, City. Open daily from 11 am
p. 03 8663 2000
A vibe-heavy, dimly lit South-Eastern restaurant serving up hawker-style share plates adorned with handpicked herbs. Chin Chin lives up to the relentless hype that has surrounded it since opening in 2011. There are no bookings, so expect a hefty waitlist any night of the week. Avoid this by heading over at lunchtime or by ordering in from the Go Go Bar below (enter via Higson Lane). Upbeat playlists, all-Australian wine list and fast service... once you make it through the door.
141 Flinders Lane (enter via Oliver Lane), City. Open noon-3pm / 6pm-10:30pm
p. 03 9650 3155
This minimalist warehouse conversion with attitude sets the scene for innovative South Eastern Asian creations by Chef Adam D’Sylva (ex-Pearl and Longrain). Mouth-watering share plates, an energetic atmosphere and an array of old-world wines curated by award-winning sommelier Travis Howe.
2 Exhibition Street, City Open from 11:30 am
p. 03 9207 7444
Greek street-style eatery with a nod to the buzzing ouzerias in Athens. Grab yourself a spot in a wooden booth for an irresistible 7-10 course ‘Doing It Greek Style’ degustation or choose from the expansive, authentic menu. Reservations recommended.
169 Domain Road, South Yarra
Open Mon-Thurs 11am-1am / Fri-Sat 8am-1am / Sun 8am-11pm
p. 03 9820 7888
‘The Bot’, as it’s known to locals, is a sophisticated, bustling bistro sitting on the edge of Melbourne’s picturesque Botanic Gardens. Hosting everything from post-walk lattes to long, lazy lunches, four-course dinners and late-night cocktails. A drawcard for visitors is the extensive wine list and Mod Oz brunch.
Vue de Monde
55/F, Rialto, 525 Collins St, City
Open daily 6pm-9pm / Thurs noon-3pm
p. 03 9691 3888
With a 360-degree view over the Melbourne CBD and beyond, this dramatic avant-garde restaurant is perched on level 55 of the iconic Rialto Building. Described as more of an experience rather than simply a meal, Vu de Monde offers tasting menus and wine experiences amidst the $10 million fit out. Headed up by celebrity chef Shannon Bennett who doesn’t disappoint.
130 Acland St, St Kilda
Open Mon-Sat noon-1am / Sun noon-11pm
This cosy, dimly-lit Melbourne institution is loved for its rustic, seasonal, Italian menu. Perch yourself, cocktail in hand, in a leather booth in the Cicciolina Back Bar as you wait for your table. It may be a while – no bookings.
45 flinders Ln, City. Open weekdays 7am-11pm / Weekends 8am-11pm.
p. 03 9650 1445
A bright all-day eatery in the heart of the city that boasts interesting interiors that nod towards industrialism, coupled with award-winning cuisine. Every meal is on offer, from a full English breakfast to an ever-changing dining experience for dinner. Start or finish with a nightcap at Cumulus Up Bar.
74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea. Open Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm.
p. 03 9530 0111
This relaxed, multi award-winning restaurant, headed up by Chef Ben Shewry, is heralded as one of the best worldwide. Modern Australia cuisine offered in an eight-course tasting menu that is nothing short of inspiring. Utilising produce from the Attica garden facilitates the creation of many aspects of the menu, such as their own Dijon mustard that is created from scratch. For a cheaper and more experimental taste of Attica, visit on a Tuesday for a five-course Chef’s Table degustation.
80 Bourke Street, City. Open weekdays noon-3:30pm / Mon-Sat from 5:30pm.
p. 03 9662 1811
Taking lunching to the next level. Old-school Tuscan dining set in the heart of the city. Grossi is a local favourite that draws a busy crowd.
30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda. Open daily from noon.
p. 03 9525 5555
This Australian landmark has risen from the ashes and is set to please for generations to come. Enjoy beachside cocktails and beats on the lower level or sit amidst elegant décor and fine dining, with breath-taking views of the St Kilda beach, on the level above.