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DINING PRECINCTS IN MELBOURNE
Little Bourke Street - Chinatown
Little Bourke Street in the city is the heart of Chinatown, and has a wide selection of Asian restaurants, Asian groceries shops and stalls. Between Spring Street and Swanston Streets.
Lonsdale Street, CBD - Greek Precinct
Sumptuous seafood and chargrilled meat, dips, olives and fetta with wonderful coffee and Greek pastries are to be found in this Greek precinct of the CBD. For fabulous Greek restaurants try Swan Street, Richmond (east of Church Street).
Lygon Street, Carlton - Lttle Italy
Melbourne's Little Italy, offering a wide choice of Italian dining. There's pizza, gelato, good coffee, past and restaurants spilling out onto the pavement. The atmosphere is very cosmopolitan. Close to CBD and Carlton Gardens.
Johnston Street Fitzroy - Spanish Quarter
Salsa down to Johnston Street for Spanish cuisine, Latin music and tapas!
Smith Street, Fitzroy - Vegetarian & Middle Eastern
Even more alternative than Brunswick Street, Smith Street Fitzroy is known for its vegetarian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern and budget eateries. And the streetscape is a fantastic cultural mix.
Victoria Street, Richmond - Vietnamese
Victoria Street is famous for its Vietnamese cuisine.
Southgate and Southbank
Southgate with the Casino and Southbank promenade are two of the most popular eating precincts in Melbourne. The riverside dining areas at Southbank offer wonderful views of the city for both lunch and dinner.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy & New Quay, Docklands - Trendy
Brunswick Street is a lively street with cafes, casual restaurants and outrageous pubs and bars.
Fitzroy Street & Acland Street, St Kilda
Acland Street is famous for cakes and is just the spot for a bit of indulgence. Fitzroy Street features grand restored buildings, many of them now trading as cafés. Dine with a bay view at one of these restaurants.
South Yarra - Stylish & Upmarket
The Toorak Road and Chapel Street areas of South Yarra feature numerous restaurants and cafés and a wide range of cuisines.
Empress of China - 120 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Da Hu Peking Duck Restaurant - 171 Lt Bourke Street, Melbourne
Flower Drum - 17 Market Lane Melbourne
Fortuna Village - 235 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Lingnan Restaurant - 204 Lt Bourke Street, Melbourne
Oriental Tea House - 322 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Pepper Chilli Chinese Restaurant - 85 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS, LYGON STREET
Alphino - 262 Lygon Street, Carlton
Ayda Fast Food - 237 Lygon Street Carlton
Boccelle Ristorante - 189 Lygon Street Carlton
Borsari - 201 Lygon Street Carlton
Cafe Corretto - 225-227 Lygon Street Carlton
Cafe Fiamma - 254 Lygon Street Carlton
Cafe Firenze - 252 Lygon Street Carlton
Cafe Notturno - 177-179 Lygon Street Carlton
Il Gusto - 256 Lygon St Carlton
Jimmys The Original - 130 Lygon Street Carlton
Pasta Rustica - 148-150 Lygon Street Carlton
Piccolo Mondo - 240 Lygon Street Carlton
Stuzzichino Caffe Bar Spuntini - 169 Lygon Street, Carlton
Tiamo 303 (Tiamo2 - 305) Lygon St, Carlton
Villa Romana - 252 Lygon Street Carlton
BRUNSWICK STREET RESTAURANTS
Aegean Restaurant - 19 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Afghan Gallery Restaurant - 327 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Akari Japanese Restaurant - 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Babka Bakery Cafe - 358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Bangla Sweet & Curry Cafe - 199 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
bar open - 317 brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Bimbo Deluxe - 376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Bistro Inferno - 302 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Blue Chillies - 182 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Breizoz French Creperie - corner gertrude and bruswick Street, Fitzroy
Brunswick Street Alimentari - 251 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Cape Cafe & Cape Live - 298 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Joe's Garage - 366 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Perseverance Hotel - 196 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Provincial Hotel - 299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Restaurant Interlude - 211 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Retro Cafe - 413 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Rize Chinese Restaurant - 262 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
MELBOURNE CBD RESTAURANTS
1884 Wine & Steak Bar 03 9639 1884: 1/24 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - The latest contender at Gordon Place at the top end of Little Bourke is a steak house.
Aix Cafe Creperie 03 9662 2667: 24 Centre Pl Melbourne vic - A favourite place to have lunch, it's cute,cosy and warm. The place is always busy and the service is personal and speedy.
Allegro 03 9635 2222: Westin Hotel Melbourne 205 Collins St Melbourne vic - Hotel dining with a difference. A lovely view over the tree tops to the Melbourne Town Hall, a simple menu, a wood fired oven and a sense of casual elegance.
Aloi Na! 03 9670 8889: 61 Hardware La Melbourne vic
Amber Lounge on Lonsdale 03 9600 4185: The Basement 388 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - There is something very cool about basement bars and this one with its amber coloured lights everywhere give the place a "dreamy" feel.
Ants Bistro 03 9639 2908: 7 Corrs La Melbourne vic - There is a wonderful sense of fun that prevails throughout the dining experience at Ants Bistro. Dishes are predominantly Northern Chinese.
The Apartment 03 9670 4020: 401 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Cafe at lunch tapas and drinks later - pleasant 'corporate' scene with live music at weekends
Arintji 03 9663 9900: Federation Square Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic - Arintji has Federation Square's prime spot, and on Jacques Reymond it certainly isn't squandered. This is a very professional set up.
Arrivederci Aroma 03 9606 0530: 408 Queens St Melbourne vic - Near the Queen Victoria Market serving Italian food and coffee. Can be noisy with its rather industrial design.
Arthur's 03 9654 9744: Corporation La Melbourne vic
The Atrium 03 9653 0000: Hotel Sofitel 45 Collins St Melbourne vic
Bamboo House 03 9662 1565: 47 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A restrained and elegant experience is what dining at Bamboo House is all about.
Bambu 03 9654 3616: Basement 107 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Bar Deco 03 9657 1234: Grand Hyatt Hotel 123 Collins St Melbourne vic - On a Friday night, it's probably the only bar in Melbourne where you can get a seat, be waited on and don't need to scream at your friend
Bar Humbug 03 9642 0115: 586 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Barista Espress 03 9650 1855: Shop 17 Centre Pl 258 Flinders St Melbourne vic - Barista Espresso serves city workers on the run pizza by the slice and coffee they keep coming back for.
Bar Lourinha 03 9663 7890: 37 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
The Basement Cafe 03 9329 4554: 350 La Trobe Melbourne vic
Basso 03 9650 0077: Georges Building 195 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Cafe a taglio has come to the city. This canteen style eatery is set over two levels of the Georges complex in Little Collins Street.
BBQ King Restaurant 03 9663 3788: 159 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Becco 03 9663 3000: 11 Crossley St Melbourne vic - Very popular, well pitched, inner city Italian - very Melbourne. Good litttle bar attached. $30 mains.
Beetroot 03 9600 0695: 123 Hardware St Melbourne vic - A newish cheery Hardware Lane cafe with well priced snacky food, fast, for city workers.
Bellavista Social Club 03 9663 3000: 25 Crossley St Melbourne vic - An extension of Becc, the Bellavista Social Club is a bar and function centre.
Benito's 03 9670 5347: 445 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Benito's feels like an old friend. The menu at breakfast and lunch is Italian, and in the early evenings it's antipasto and wine.
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club 03 9663 2856: 25 Bennetts la Melbourne vic - This black box with a bar, simple stage and reasonable cover charges remains the place to listen to contemporary jazz.
Bergerac 03 9629 2868: 131 King St Melbourne vic - A popular long-lunch spot for local suits, Bergerac is an archetypal French brasserie.
Bisq 03 9650 6966: 107 Flinders la Melbourne vic - Bisq is the classiest of the office cafeteria that adorn this section of Flinders La. Comfort, but not too much is the aim here.
Bistro 1 03 9654 3343: 126 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - The large room is discreetly and elegantly shuttered from the street. The style suits a business clientele who use the adjoining bar after work too.
Bistrot D'Orsay 03 9654 6498: 184 Collins St Melbourne vic - Bistrot d'Orsay is refreshingly Gallic. it is dimly lit throughout the day, lending to its intimate and cosy ambience.
Bluestone 03 9620 4060: 349 Flinders la Melbourne vic - Down stairs an informal bar for snacks, and great drinks, upstairs it's more refined.
Blufish 03 9614 1476: 16 Centre Pl Melbourne vic - Along a chic alleyway of pizza slices and filled pide, Blufish is a small hole in the wall out of which comes some of the city's best fish and chips.
Blufish 03 9614 1476: G23 620 Collins St Melbourne vic
Bokchoy Tang 03 9650 8666: 3rd Floor, Federation Square Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic - A hidden treasure. Great staff and service. The menu offers Chinese food with a difference. Outside terrace for warm weather.
Bond Lounge Bar 03 9629 9844: 24 Bond St Melbourne vic - Very fancy and expensive decor. Lots of different spaces. In house DJ spins tunes on Friday and Saturday
Bottega 03 9654 2252: 74 Bourke St Melbourne vic - The room is pleasant, the dishes are simple but well done, and are complimented by a thoughtful wine selection.
Box on Collins Restaurant 03 9663 0411: 189 Collins St Melbourne vic - Very London or New York, this minimalist, super suave restaurant, designed by Sydney's Ian Halliday, is splendid.
Breadtop 03 9654 1628: QV 210 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Breadwell 03 9650 8544: 135 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Bridie O'Reilly's (City) 03 9650 0840: 62 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - The notion that you can transport an old Irish pub across the world seems to have taken off and Bridie O'Reilly's is the result, in all its imitation Celtic glory.
Bug Bar 03 9642 0115: 568 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Cafe 55 03 9629 2461: Level 55 525 Collins St Melbourne vic - 253 metres above the Melbourne skyline is our tallest cafe, nestled right there on the panoramic Rialto observation deck.
Cafe Bakpak 03 9329 7525: Hotel Bakpak 167 Franklin St Melbourne vic
Caffe Cento Venti 03 9650 5621: 120 Collins St Melbourne vic - Caffe Cento Venti has it all; a bar, a cafe, an upmarket restaurant and an outdoor area under the plane trees at the Paris end of Collins Street.
Cafe Chinotto 03 9650 8666: Federation Square 2 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Cafe Cibo 03 9640 0694: 535 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Funky little Italian cafe - good coffee, Italian snacks and more substantial dishes. Reasonably priced.
Caffe Cortile 03 9650 1564: 30 Block Pl Melbourne vic - Part of the amazing Block Place cafe scene. This little bar cafe is a bit of a hide away with its dark interior.
Cafe Doppio 03 9650 9086: 1st Floor 260 Collins St Melbourne vic - A favourite for coffee, or a quick lunch. Excellent staff who, with the good value food and drink, attract a regular clientele.
Caffe Duomo Ristorante & Bar 03 9650 5041: Shop 9 & 10 The Block Arcade 282 Collins St Melbourne vic - Set at the corner of the beautiful Block Place Arcade and just near it's dome, Caffe Duomo is an open and elegant room.
Caffe e Biscotti 03 9650 1080: 41-43 Block Pl Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Once a little hole in the wall, Caffe e Biscotti has expanded to include two rooms with tables and chairs out in Block Place.
Caffe E Torta 03 9650 1915: 314 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Sit at the little ledge of this warm Italian bar and look out onto Little Collins St. This position let's you know what's going on in this busy little block.
Cafe Intimo 03 9606 0130: 439 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Cafe La 03 9653 7744: Sofitel Hotel, 35th Floor 25 Collins St Melbourne vic - For city lunching with a view, this is the place. Whilst an a la carte menu is offered the best option is the extensive and often replenished buffet.
Cafe L'Incontro 03 9650 9603: Swanston St cnr Little Collins St Melbourne vic - A standard cafe but the position nestled next to the Town Hall makes it all worthwhile on a fine day.
Cafe Maltitude 03 9663 2744: 305 Exhibition St Melbourne vic
Cafe Max 03 9600 1697: 56-58 Hardware St Melbourne vic - People like the buffet food at lunch here. There's usually a big display of salads available or you can order from a menu of pastas and grills.
Caffe Mediterraneum 03 9654 1929: Shop 10 220 Collins St Melbourne vic - Fresh juices, good (Genovese) coffee and friendly service in the grandeur of the Manchester Unity foyer.
Cafe Mezz 03 9643 2591: David Jones Melbourne-mezzanine Level 299 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A modern comfortable space despite a rather stark quality. Enlivened by friendly staff.
Cafe Miro 03 9606 0684: 66 Hardware St Melbourne vic - Hardware Lane is vibrant, busy and chic, and this establishment fits in perfectly. Miro is contemporary but not pretentious.
Cafe Segovia 03 9650 2373: 33 Block Pl Melbourne vic - The first cafe in Block Place before the latte-craze hit Melbourne; Cafe Segovia set the standard for cafe food and good coffee.
Cafe Serendipity 03 9600 3160: 50 Hardware St Melbourne vic - A tiny place that looks like you average sandwhich bar but the menu offers healthy and interesting alternatives to the norm.
Cafe Vue 03 9691 3888: Normanby Chambers 430 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Cafe Y 03 9329 5188: 489 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic
Campari Bistro & Restaurant 03 9600 1574: 23-25 Hardware St Melbourne - Serving good coffee, and homemade Italian pasta dishes Campari is a haven for well-dressed, inner city business-people. Campari House
Camy Shanghai Dumpling & Noodle Restauran 03 9663 8555: 25 Tatterstalls la Melbourne vic - For dumpling addicts this is a wonderland. Camy Shanghai serves steamed or deep fried dumplings and other Shanghainese dishes.
Canary Club 03 9663 1983: 6 Melbourne Pl Melbourne vic - An offshoot of the Hairy Canary, this is a cool and compelling space in which to relax
Caterina's Cucina e Bar 03 9670 8488: Basement 221 Queen St Melbourne vic - Caterina's is only open lunches, it is primarily a businessman's dining room. Service is very good.
Cecconi's Cantina 03 9663 0222: 612 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Ceylon Curry Corner 03 9663 4040: Shop 2 188 Russell St Melbourne vic
Chaise Lounge 03 9670 6120: Basement 105 Queen St Melbourne vic - Nice to be able to escape the corporate rat-race and have a drink in this funky little grotto.
Champagne Lounge 03 9654 0554: 41 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Charles Dickens Tavern 03 9654 1821: 290 Collins St Melbourne vic
Chatterbox 03 9663 2588: Shop 18 235 Bourke St Tivoli Arcade Melbourne vic
Cherry 03 9639 8122: Entry Via Corporation Lane 103-105 Flinders la Melbourne vic - New York basement style. Large and busy. Good music. Popular for industry launches.
Chilli Cafe 03 9654 4040: 168 Russell St Melbourne vic
Chilli Padi 03 9663 5688: Menzis Alley Shop OE7 Menzies Alley cnr Elizabeth St & Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Open for breakfast and until very late (5am Thurs-Sat) this Chilli Padi serves good modern Malaysian food
China Bar (City) 03 9639 1633: 235 Russell St Melbourne vic - The whole front is glass and you can see who's eating and what's cooking before walking in. Open until the wee hours.
Chine on Paramount 03 9663 6556: Shop 9 & 10 Paramount Centre 101 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Opposite the lions guarding the Chinese museum this restaurant attracts a largely business clientele.
Chocolate Buddha 03 9654 5688: Federation Square 2 Swanston St Melbourne vic - Casual, Australian/Japanese dining at a frantic pace. Set at the top of the slope at Federation Square.
Choix Creperie Cafe 03 9629 1883: Shop G22 620 Collins St Melbourne vic - A tiny creperie hidden in a passageway at the cafe starved west end of Collins St.
Citi Espresso 03 9639 8600: 389 Swanston St Melbourne vic - This cafe is as tiny as an espresso cup on the inside, but there are plenty more seats out on the pavement close to RMIT.
City BBQ Restaurant 03 9663 2311: 178 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Succulent roast meats and poultry hang in the window. Available all day til the early hours of the morning, they provide terrific, well priced meals.
City Wine Shop 03 9654 6657: 159 Spring St Melbourne vic - The wine shop is a fabulous addition to the city - part bottle shop, part cafe and part wine bar in a warm 'period' atmosphere.
Classic Curry Company 03 9329 4040: 597 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic
Coffea 03 9326 7388: 521 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - Visit any time during market hours and this place is packed to the rafters with coffee-a-holics in this coffee roaster.
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant 03 9696 4000: P.O Box 372, South Melbourne 3205 Spencer St Melbourne vic
Comme 03 9631 4010: 7 Alfred Pl Melbourne vic
Cookie 03 9663 7660: Shop 1 252 Swanston St Melbourne vic - A beer-focused bar is an unlikely place to find some of Melbourne's most accessible and affordable Thai food.
Corporate Cafe 03 9662 2559: 60 Collins St Melbourne vic
Croft Institute 03 9671 4399: 21 Croft Alley Melbourne vic - There are two levels to this sterile laboratory themed alleyway bar; downstairs is a bar for quite drinks, upstairs it's Astroturf, a DJ and dancing.
Crossways Food For Life 03 9650 2939: 1st & 2nd Floors 123 Swanston St Melbourne vic - The Hare Krishna provide low budget spiritual vegetarian food in very modest surrounds - all you can for $6.
Curry Bowl 03 9639 0868: Shop 41/Myer House 250 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - Staff are all Sri Lankan, it's friendly and clean. The food is freshly cooked in batches.
Dahu Peking Duck Restaurant 03 9663 3868: 171 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A first floor Northern Chinese restaurant overlooking the intersection of Russell and Little Bourke Streets.
Daishou Teppanyaki 03 9670 8998: Shop 9 343 Little Collins St off Equitable place Melbourne vic
The Dark Side of 604 03 8530 1850: 604 St Kilda Rd Melbourne vic
David Jones Foodhall 03 9643 2222: Basement David Jones 290 Bourke St Melbourne vic
D & C Noodle Restaurant 03 9663 0133: 265 Corrs La Melbourne vic
The Deanery 03 9629 5599: 13 Bligh Pl Melbourne vic - An ultra-plush wine bar cum lounge, cum restaurant hidden down one of the city's cobbled lanes. Very extensive wine selection.
Degraves Espresso Bar 03 9654 1245: 23 Degraves St Melbourne vic - This mostly outside cafe that takes over a lane is long time favourite of city work workers and residents. Always busy for coffee, lunch and snacks.
De Lacy 03 9670 9099: 29 Niagara la Melbourne vic - Clubby atmosphere in the centre of the city. Reasonable wine list, conservative menu, nicely cooked and served professionally.
Delifrance Cafe & Bakery 03 9663 0255: 5, 6 & 10 247 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A very open and straightforward place. It's a high standard sandwich bar where you order and pay at the counter.
Deli Manjoo 03 9671 4544: QV 210 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Ding Dong Lounge 03 9662 1020: 18 Market La Melbourne vic
Dion Restaurant & Bar 03 9650 4050: 205-207 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - A large restaurant in the Greek precinct with a menu that lists Greece's 'best of's' at reasonable prices.
Don Don 03 9662 3377: 321 Swanston St Melbourne vic - Super fast, super cheap busy little Japanese eat-in or take-away in two city locations. Good fast food.
Don Don 03 9670 7113: 330 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Double Happiness 03 9650 4488: 21 Liverpool St Melbourne vic - An Asian themed bar it's small, has low ceilings and minimal lighting, the feeling is intimate and seductive.
Double O 03 9654 8000: Basement 9 Drewery La Melbourne vic - A basement bar hidden away in a laneway. No sign just an 'O' within an 'O' projected on a wall. Cool and groovy.
Dragon Boat On The Yarra 03 9629 8388: Holiday Inn Flinders St cnr Spencer St Melbourne vic - Part of the Dragon Boat group near the Casino. Cantonese cuisine.
Dragon Boat Palace 03 9639 0888: 149 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - This Dragon Boat Palace is known for functions, a lot of weddings and also special entertainment evenings.
Dragon Boat Restaurant 03 9662 2733: 203 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A large city Chinese restaurant which is open for suppers till 2am. It also does a daily yum cha.
Dragstar Cafe 03 9600 0645: 390 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Dr Martin's Tavern 03 9650 8500: 86A Collins St Melbourne vic
Duckboard House 03 9654 5576: 91 Flinders Lane Melbourne vic
Eat Drink Bento 03 9642 1136: 115 Hardware St Melbourne vic
e c Pot Cafe Bar 03 9663 8319: Level 1 Shop 7 QV Urban Market Melbourne vic
e:fiftyfive 03 9620 3899: 55 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - Backpackers and travellers of all ages find this Internet cafe a comfortable way to contact the world they have left.
El Dorado 03 9629 1202: 566 Flinders St Melbourne vic
Elizabeth Street Espresso Bar 03 9663 4422: 28 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - This one-time cigarette kiosk has become Melbourne's tiniest cafe. Good coffee and bread based snacks.
Empress of China 03 9663 1883: 120 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - The Empress is the grand old lady of Chinatown. It is famous for incredibly attentive service and consistently good, traditional food.
Energy 03 9642 3160: 422 Collins St Melbourne vic
European 03 9654 0811: 161 Spring St Melbourne vic - Stylish restaurant, which takes olde worlde European cafes as its model, serving various incarnations of mostly French and Italian dishes.
European Bier Cafe 03 9663 1222: 120 Exhibition St Melbourne vic
Exchange Hotel 03 9620 7577: 120 King St Melbourne vic
Exford Hotel 03 9663 2697: 199 Russell St Melbourne vic
ezard at adelphi 03 9639 6811: 187 Flinders la Melbourne vic - Teague Ezard is one of Australia's most creative chefs. His restaurant has softened over time making it a suitable place to enjoy his food.
FAD Gallery 03 9639 2700: 14 Corrs La Melbourne vic
Fare Exchange 03 9629 1500: 1/ 530 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Feeling Fruity 03 9643 2519: David Jones 310 Bourke St Melbourne vic - The first of the Feeling Fruity juice chain, this juice bar is in David Jones. Offering a variety of fruit salad combinations
FFour 03 9650 4494: Level 2 322 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Flora 03 9663 1212: 238A Flinders St Melbourne vic - Flora's a bustling Indian canteen like operation with brimming baine maries. it's fast and cheap which suits the student/office worker clientele.
Florentino Cellar Bar 03 9662 1811: 80 Bourke St Melbourne vic - The tiny tables support large plates of pasta, and the bar, the elbows of the drinkers. Dark wood lined and clubby.
Florentino Grill Room 03 9662 1811: 80 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A classic grill-room, good ingredients simply but correctly cooked, served by professional waiters
Flower Drum 03 9662 3655: 17 Market la Melbourne vic - A magnificent production that has now to be saved for a special treat. It's so hard to get a seat at Flower Drum. So plan ahead to enjoy impeccable service, food and Cantonese style.
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery 03 9642 2388: 141 Queen St Melbourne vic
Fortuna Village 03 9663 3044: 235 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A part of China Town's scenery for many years now. Owner Jimmy Khong is a very attentive host. Good wine list and many Northern style dishes.
Fresh Express Cafe Juice Bar Soup Kitchen 03 9670 7766: 37 Hardware St Melbourne vic - You can buy fresh fruit as well as the world's biggest muffins here. There's also soupanatural soup.
Funkfish Cafe 03 9650 7011: Federation Square 2 Swanston St Melbourne vic - On the Yarra River side of Federation Square, Funkfish is a funky restaurant that serves fish. The staff are pretty and helpful.
Garden Plaza Cafe 03 9654 2456: 120 Collins St Melbourne vic - Looking out onto a manicured garden surrounded by the BHP Building, The Garden Plaza sits like an oasis in the middle of the city.
The Garden Restaurant 03 8620 2444: NGV International 180 St Kilda Rd Melbourne vic
Gaylord 03 9663 3980: 4 Tattersalls La Melbourne vic - Popular Indian restaurant with a dedicated clientele. Generous portions of carefully cooked and richly flavoured food
George's Longroom 03 9663 7226: 162 Collins St Melbourne vic
Gigi 03 9639 2233: 237 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Gin Palace 03 9654 0533: (Entry Via Russell Pl) 10 Russel Place Melbourne vic - High quality, but expensive cocktails are front and centre at this late night basement bar.
Golden Fork 03 9663 9123: Ong Food Court 265 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - The Golden Fork is one of the stalls in the Ong Food Court. It specialises in South Indian and Malasian food. Lots of clatter when busy.
Golden Orchids Malayasian Restaurant 03 9663 1101: 126 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Gopals 03 9650 1578: 1st & 2nd Floors 139 Swanston St Melbourne vic - Gopals has a view overlooking Swanston St as does its sister restaurant, Crossways. Here the emphasis is less on religion.
Grossi Florentino 03 9662 1811: 80 Bourke St Melbourne vic - This really is a wonderful dining room. High decorated plaster ceilings, wood panelling, the famous murals, black clad waiters - it's a classic dining situation.
Guggenheim 03 9662 1655: 55 Flinders la Melbourne vic - For those of us who understand that a bagel is more than a bun with a hole in it, Guggenheim adds significantly to the amenities of the inner-city.
Gust Cofetarie 03 9602 4846: 174 Queens St Melbourne vic - A bright, sometimes noisy place with a fresh interesting flavour to its style and its dishes.
Hairy Canary 03 9654 2471: 212 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - This popular cafe/bar is a classic that's busy at both ends of the day - beaut breakfasts, great for lunch, excellent for a drink after work, cool late
Hako 03 9650 0207: 7/250 Flinders St Melbourne vic
Hanabishi 03 9670 1167: 187 King St Melbourne vic - A mixture of classical and minimalist Japanese design, this is one of Melbourne's finest Japanese restaurants.
Hard Rock Cafe 03 9650 4755: 1 Bourke St cnr Spring St Melbourne vic - Another of this 90s chain. This time it sits a little incongrously in the Bourke St section of the Windsor
Hawker's Cafe 03 9662 1867: 213 Russell St Melbourne vic
Hell's Kitchen 03 9654 5755: Level 1 20a Centre Place Melbourne vic - There's food available in this fun little bar one level up over Centre Place. Populsr for after-work drinks.
Hi-Fi Bar & Ballroom 03 9654 7617: 125 Swanston St Melbourne vic - A basement music venue with a good scale, almost cosy bar. But downstairs it has the unmistakeable smell and feel of a rock and roll pub venue.
Hollywood Karaoke Bar 03 9663 889: 186 Bourke St Melbourne vic
Honkytonks 03 9662 4555: Duckboard Pl Melbourne vic - Over the years, Honkytonks has consolidated its place as the bar with the mostest. Lots of different spaces that allows for any mood.
Hopetoun Tea Rooms 03 9650 2777: 282 Collins St Melbourne vic - The Hopetoun Tea Rooms can be summed up in one word- decadence. The luscious scones, the iced chcolates with whippings of cream.
Horoki 03 9663 2227: 19 Liverpool St Melbourne vic
Idea Fine Food & Wine 03 9663 8829: 146 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A Chinese restaurant with Japanese (and Cantonese) food with a huge bargain priced wine list.
Il Bacaro 03 9654 6778: Shops 4 & 5 168-170 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - The epitome of Italian style and flavour. A gem of a place, cosily chic or crowded, depending on your girth.
Illia 03 9640 0422: 180 William St Melbourne vic - This is a popular al fresco spot for nearby office workers and Melbourne's legal fraternity.Good cafe fare and service.
Il Solito Posto 03 9654 4466: BasementShop 4, Basement 113 Collins St Melbourne vic - You step down into the bistro at Il Solito Posto and perch either at the bar, under the head height windows or go down a couple more steps into the restaurant proper.
Invita Living Food 03 9329 1267: 76 Therry St Melbourne vic
Isseki 03 9639 8111: Shop 2A 206 Bourke St Melbourne vic - Strategically positioned near the entrance to Village Cinemas, Isseki is ideal for sitting down to a quick lunch-break or a pre-movie snack.
The Italian 03 9654 9499: 2 Malthouse La Melbourne vic
Italy 1 03 9654 4430: 27 George Pde Melbourne vic - In a narrow laneway, off the Paris end of Collins Street, is Italy 1, a small and intimate restaurant
Ito Japanese Noodle Cafe 03 9663 2788: 122 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A Japanese diner that is Chinese owned and run, in the middle of the city's cinema district. It's good for a quick bowl of ramen or plate of sushi.
Izakaya Chuji 03 9663 8118: 165 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Unpretentious space serving impressive Japanese food at very reasonable prices. Wonderfully eclectic mix in the clientele.
James Squire Brewhouse 03 9654 5000: 127 Russell St Melbourne vic
Japanese Teppanyaki Inn 03 9650 9431: 182 Collins St Melbourne vic - A long established and well-respected business providing good, discreet service and excellent cooking on the teppanyaki plate.
Jolly J's 03 9650 9989: Shop 8 232 Flinders St Melbourne vic
The Journal 03 9650 4399: Shop 1 Level 1 253 Flinders la Melbourne vic - The new venture by Con Christopoulos (Degraves, European, Supper Club) is a smart modern cafe decorated as a reading room.
Kaleido Restaurant & Bar 03 9650 0833: Melbourne Central Shp 8 342 Elizabeth St cnr Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - A very smart modern interior, smart modern food, excellent wine list in an unexpected part of town.
Kaneda 03 9663 8802: Shop 6, Mid City Arcade 200 Bourke St Melbourne vic - In the dimly-lit inner reaches of the Mid-City Arcade there is a small sushi restaurant that boasts a beautiful tsunami wave and a steady stream of satisfied customers.
Kava 03 9645 9880: 113 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Kenzan 03 9654 8933: Collins Place 45 Collins St Melbourne vic - Watch a real master prepare your sushi at the bar or sit back and enjoy excellent table service or the seclusion of one of the private rooms.
Kenzan at GPO 03 9663 7767: Shop G28, Postal Lane, GPO 350 Bourke St Melbourne vic
Khokolat Bar 03 9642 1142: The Basement 43 Hardware la Melbourne vic - Funky lighting, clever design and some startling aspects but, design aside, there's no attitude. The crowd are a slightly older hip crew.
Kimchi House 03 9663 5919: 70-72 Little LaTrobe St Melbourne vic - Tucked away in Little LaTrobe St this Korean restaurant offers a good range of traditional dishes.
Kim Sing 03 9654 7889: Shop 10-12 232 Flinders St Melbourne vic
King Bo 03 9639 3388: 222 Russell St Melbourne vic - Yum cha lunch is good here and can be as quick and as cheap as your appetite dictates.
King of Kings 03 9663 2895: 209 Russell St Melbourne vic - Simple Chinese cafe open till 2.30am. Cheap prices, reasonable quality and laminex atmosphere.
King's No. 1 Cafe 03 9663 5472: Shop 3-5, Mid City Arcade 200 Bourke St Melbourne vic - This cafe sums up Hong Kong cafestyle - a mish mash of fast food, Cantonese and some weird throwbacks to the '60's. Cheap and fun.
Koko Black 03 9639 8911: Shop 4 Royal Arcade Melbourne vic
Korea Seoul House 03 9663 8883: 234 Russell St Melbourne vic - Korean food as good as you are likely to get in Melbourne. But, there aren't too many challengers.
Kri Kri Mezethopoleion 03 9639 3444: 39-41 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A modern large restaurant that serves an authentic Greek menu based around mezze style dining.
Kum Den 03 9663 6508: 3-5 Waratah Pl Melbourne vic - A very popular Cantonese well priced restaurant which appeals to a mix of Asia and Anglo regulars.
Kuni's 03 9663 7243: 56 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Kuni's is a favourite of many. You can enjoy a quick lunch, or a more relaxed meal in the light pine-furnished dining room.
Kun Ming 03 9663 1851: 212 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - One of the oldest cafes in Chinatown still under the same ownership, Kun Ming was started in 1958.
La La Land City 03 9670 5011: Cnr Hardware & Little Lonsdale Sts Melbourne vic
Lanna Thai 03 9662 1250: 287 Exhibition St Melbourne vic - The captivating grace and charm of the staff greet visitors at the door. Lanna Thai specialises in cuisine mainly from the northern provinces.
Laurent (City) 03 9654 1011: 306 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - The corner position with the elegant tall windows lets in plenty of light. As with the other Laurent shops, the patisserie is very impressive.
Lebanese House 03 9662 2230: 264 Russell St Melbourne vic - Lebanese House is as it has been for decades. It's seldom crowded and is unpretentious and friendly to its regulars.
Le Croissant Des Halles 03 9328 4752: Queen Victoria Market 507 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - At the Queen Victoria Market this bakery stall serves the ultimate Franco-Aussie culinary combination - hot dog in a croissant.
Level 1 03 9663 8580: Lvl 1 GPO 352 Bourke St Melbourne vic
Ling Nan Restaurant 03 9663 2347: 204 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Seafood is the speciality in this Cantonese cafe that's open until 3am. Big Chinese clientele.
Longrain Restaurant 03 9671 3151: 40-444 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Longrain was far hotter than its curries when it lit up the top end of Little Bourke St in late 2005.
Loop 03 9654 0500: 23 Meyers Pl Melbourne vic - Late in the evening Loop glows green like kryptonite. With the super forces of good suitably deterred, the path is clear to get down and dirty.
Lounge 03 9663 2916: Level 1 243 Swanston St Melbourne vic - A place for drinking, smoking and checking out the DJs choices. During the day it is quite different - lot sof students reading, playing pool, and eating large good value meals.
Lucia's Place 03 9642 0943: 433 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Lustre Lounge 03 9499 5013: Level One 252 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Macchiato on Collins 03 9650 9387: 446 Collins Melbourne vic
Manchester Lane 03 9663 0630: 234 Flinders la Melbourne vic - A splendid setting for an eclectic mix of quality music and the venue for lots of meetings and interesting events.
Martini Bar 03 9635 2222: Westin Hotel Melbourne 205 Collins St Melbourne vic - Large windows allow a silent view of Swanston Street. Sit back in black leather chairs, sip on a martini and watch life roll on by.
Mary Martin Bookshop Cafe 03 9663 9633: Melbourne Paramount Centre Shop 8 108 Bourke St Melbourne vic - With expanded seating and kitchen facilities, you can now get real food for the stomach as well sustenance for the soul at Mary Martin's.
Mask of China 03 9662 2116: 115 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Melbourne's only, and one of few in Australia, Chiu Chow restaurant is presided over bythe very professional Albert Chan.
Max Brenner The Chocolate Bar 03 9663 6000: QV Square QV,25 - 27 210 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Medallion Cafe & Cakes 03 9663 4228: 209 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - If anyone doubts the statistics about the size of Melbourne's Greek population they need to spend some time sitting outside Medallion Cakes on Lonsdale St.
Melbourne Supper Club 03 9654 6300: Upstairs 161 Spring St Melbourne vic - This bar feels as though it has been around for ages. A perfect spot in Melbourne for those who 'live the night'.
The Mess Hall 03 9654 6800: 51 Bourke St Melbourne vic
Metropolitan Hotel 03 9670 1385: 263 William St cnr Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Meyers Place 03 9650 8609: 20 Meyers Pl Melbourne vic - One of the first of the new Melbourne bars amd still one of the best. VB longnecks and other good value drinks.
Mezzanine Cafe 03 8620 2222: National Gallery Of Victoria Internsati St Kilda Rd Melbourne vic
Mini Restaurant & Wine Bar 03 9650 8830: 1/141 Flinders La Melbourne vic
The Mint Bar And Bistro 03 9602 5622: William St cnr Latrobe St Melbourne vic
Misty Place 03 9663 9202: 3-5 Hosier la Melbourne vic - Down a bluestone alleyway, misty is a space unto itself. Friendly bar staff and a relaxed crowd make this a nice place for a drink.
Moo Wine Bar Restaurant 03 9639 3020: Basement 318 Little Bourke St off Driver Lane Melbourne vic - The situation is fabulous - a basement filled with antiques and fantasy.
MoVida Bar De Tapas 03 9663 3038: 1 Hosier La Melbourne vic - At Movida, chef Frank Camorra, brings the tastes of his homeland to his adopted country. Great tapas, Spanish wines and sherries.
Mr Tulk 03 8660 5700: State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Murasaki 03 9654 5437: 24 Russell St Melbourne vic - Founded in 1986 and redecorated a couple of years ago, this tried and true Japanese restaurant knows what it is doing.
Murmur 03 9640 0395: 17 Warburton Lane Melbourne vic
Nam Loong 03 9663 4089: 223 Russell St Melbourne vic - Long established restaurant continues to serves good value Chinese (Cantonese) meals.
Nelayan Indonesian Restaurant 03 9663 5886: 265 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Nick's Bar 207 03 9670 4506: 207 Queen St Melbourne vic - Nick's is not new. It's an old-style trattoria with traditional Italian food served by friendly staff.
Nick's Spaghetti Bar 03 9606 0557: 556 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Nick's feeds a lot of lawyers and other business folk nearby. There's a number of different rooms and a courtyard area.
Nihonbashi Zen 03 9639 7050: 87 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A fine Japanese restaurant buried in a Little Bourke St basement. Good sashimi and kushiyaki.
Nirankar 03 9629 2683: 7 Queen St Melbourne vic - Niranka lives up to its promise of eternal bliss which is what the name proclaims in Farsi.
Nostro Baretto 03 9654 5838: Shop 25g 350 Bourke St Melbourne vic
Nudel Bar 03 9662 9100: 76 Bourke St Melbourne vic - Convenient, quick, the menu comprises pasta and Asian style noodles to macaroni cheese. Serves are large, flavoursome and a cheap option at this end of the city.
Nudo Cafe 03 9639 8988: 181 Russell St Melbourne vic - A Malaysian cafe in the pin-ball parlour part of Russell St. Reasonable food, good price and service.
Num Fong Restaurant 03 9663 1477: 271 Swanston St Melbourne vic
One Eleven Spring Street 03 9633 6004: Windsor Hotel 111 Spring St Melbourne vic - No longer the Lounge but a 'modern European' restaurant with cocktail bar. It serves breakfast and the traditional Windsor afternoon teas.
Ortigia 03 9670 0774: Shop 1 443 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Mostly take-away this very popular pizza lunch spot at the legal end of town
Oyster 03 9650 0988: 35 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Pavilion At Fitzroy Gardens 03 9417 2544: Fitzroy Gardens Wellington Pde Melbourne vic - The Fitzroy Garden Pavillion is a much loved venue set in Melbourne's green heart.
Pellegrini's 03 9662 1885: 66 Bourke St Melbourne vic - This classic Italian espresso bar is a joy and a treasure. Unchanged in decades and still serving large, honest dishes.
Pepper Chilli 03 9662 9662: 1st Floor 85 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Good Northern Chinese and Cantonese cuisine an a well run femine dining room. The restaurant is on the first floor.
Pho Ba Ga Mekong 03 9663 3288: 241 Swanston St Melbourne vic - Asian students fill this place pretty much all day for Vietnamese noodle soups (Pho).
Pho Dzung City Noodle Shop 03 9663 8885: 234 Russell St Melbourne vic - A big bowl of Pho Vietnamese noodle soup is available here every day, all day. It's quick, clean and cheap.
Phoenix Bar 03 9650 4976: 82 Flinders St Melbourne vic - The facade is unassuming, but when inside this place is a safari of levels, booze and animal prints.
Piazza Vittoria 03 9662 9900: 510-512 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - A lovely oasis across the road from the bustle of the Queen Vic Market. Dine indoors, at pavement tables or in a glass-screened midway section.
Plane Tree Cafe 03 9653 4882: Hyatt Hotel 123 Collins St Melbourne vic - A grand setting in the foyer of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, open from breakfast till supper. Buffet.
The Pony 03 9662 1026: 68 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Postal Hall 03 9663 0998: 116 Russell St Melbourne vic - At the ground level of the Hero Apartment Buildings, Postal Hall brings to inner city workers and residents, reliable, good quality coffee, food and friendly service
Post Deng Cafe 03 9663 9866: 214 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Stripped bluestone walls is not the norm in Little Bourke St, nor are Post Deng's Sezchuan dishes.
Post-Mao Cafe 03 9663 6003: 113 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Punch Lane Wine Bar 03 9639 4944: 43 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Classy bar with an excellent wine list and a great selection of Australian and international cheeses.
Purple Emerald 03 9650 7753: 189-191 Flinders la Melbourne vic - A funky little joint with heaps of attitude. The look isn't very designer, but it's comfortable and relaxed. Bands play from almost within the crowd.
Queen Vic Gallery Cafe 03 9663 8799: QV 210 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Radii 03 9224 1211: Park Hyatt Melbourne (Off Parliament Pl) 1 Parliament Sq Melbourne vic - Sydneysider, Anthony Musarra, has taken over at Radii, which is one of Melbourne's glitziest destination restaurants.
Regina Pizzeria 03 9662 1888: QV Square Swanston St cnr Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Robot Sushi Bar 03 9620 3646: 12 Bligh St Melbourne vic
Ruby Orange 03 9663 7312: 313 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Rue Bebelons 03 9663 1700: 267 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Founded in 1995 Rue Bebelons was one of the first arrivals on the new Melbourne bar scene. Still a great scene.
Sahara Restaurant 03 9663 8477: 301 Swanston St Melbourne vic - A student haven with retro found-object furnishings amid a mixture of lounge room and kitchen table setups.
Saigon Inn Restaurant 03 9639 0693: 11-15 Liverpool St Melbourne vic - This may be an unassuming Vietnamese restaurant, but boy does the chilli run free here!
Salon Rouge 03 9620 3999: Basement 313 Flinders la Melbourne vic
Salto 03 9629 1500: 530 Little Collins St Melbourne vic
Sam And Sons 0414 911 625: Shop 45 Royal Arcade Melbourne vic
Sama Sama 03 9620 1900: 310 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Sarti 03 9639 7822: 6 Russell Pl Melbourne vic - A lovely rooftop space with courtyard serving simple but well executed dishes. There's also a cheaper bar menu.
Sataybar 03 9629 1466: 26 Customs House La cnr Flinders La Melbourne vic - As the name suggests this place serves satays which are excellent. Quick cheap option for lunch, seated or on-the-run.
Sawasdee 03 9663 4300: 1st Floor 139 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Sawasdee is bright, breezy and colourful. The cuisine is a mix of Thai with distinct Chinese influence.
Scubar 03 9670 2105: 224-228 Queen St Melbourne vic
Seoul Garden 03 9662 2588: 275 Exhibition St Melbourne vic
Seoul Restaurant 03 9670 5500: 369 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - Deep in the heart of Chinatown is Seoul, a Korean BBQ restaurant complete with table burners and pine panelling.
Shamiana 03 9670 6800: 420 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Shang Hai Noodle House 03 9662 9380: Rear Tattersalls Lane 2/ 242 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A bright welcoming place with friendly staff. Lunchtimes are very busy but you can wait for a table to come free, they turn over pretty quickly here.
Shanghai Village 03 9663 1878: 112-114 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Shark Fin House 03 9663 1555: 131 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A busy place for Yum Cha, queues, at the door and around the lift to get to one of the three levels of dining. The quality and variety of the yum cha selection is excellent.
Shark Fin Inn 03 9662 2681: 50 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A long-standing favourite of the industry for supper. Most regulars do not consult the menu but ask Vanessa what are the best dishes.
Sheni's Curries 03 9654 3535: Shop 16 161 Collins St Melbourne vic - Lunchtimes are very busy, mainly with takeaway for a good range of curries at reasonable prices.
Shoya Japanese Restaurant 03 9650 0848: 25 Market Lane Melbourne vic - A Japanese eating and drinking complex with a bewildering array of options. You'll have to find something you like in this good value establishment.
Sillitto, the Italian Touch Cafe 03 9662 9062: 275 Exhibition St Melbourne vic - The gravel pathway with its trees and careless barrels and the mad mix of furniture, candles and bottles, add to the Tuscan-style menu.
Simply Indian 03 9663 1887: QV 210 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
SMXL 03 9629 631: Shop 5 15 Customs House La Melbourne vic
SMXL Little Bourke 03 9642 8611: 542-544 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic
Snakepit 03 9600 0900: 95 Queen St Melbourne vic
Sofi's 03 9653 7744: Hotel Sofitel, Reception Lvl 25 Collins St Melbourne vic
Sos 03 9654 0808: Level 3, Melbourne Central 211 Latrobe St Melbourne vic
Soupanatural 03 8604 5097: 32 Hardware St Melbourne vic
Sous Sol 03 9642 1733: 25 Bank Pl Melbourne vic
Spiga Bar 03 8676 7515: Menzies Alley, Melboune Central 360 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - Pizza by the slice is the go here, they and really fabulous service make this place a must if you're in the area.
Spleen Central 03 9650 2400: 41 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A comfortable, and unpretentious bar, with a friendly feel and even friendlier prices.
Sprout The Creative Salad Company 03 9602 1063: 382 Collins St cnr McKillop St Melbourne vic
Stalactites 03 9663 3316: 177-183 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - This long-established business has served most of Melbourne, drunk or sober, at its laminex tables since 1972. Open 24 hours.
Stax 03 9663 3008: 16 Little LaTrobe St Melbourne vic - A crisply coloured interior, functional high gloss wooden benches, quietly humorous understated art works on walls. Good cafe food.
St Jerome's 03 00 : 7 Caledonian La Melbourne vic
Stork Hotel 03 9663 6237: 504 Elizabeth St Melbourne vic - The Stork is a bit daggy, and has the feel of a country pub, serving basic pub meals in the front bar and with a cafe, The Pantry, out the back.
Strangers Corridor 03 9651 8944: Parliament House Spring St Melbourne vic
Strozzi 03 9629 4844: 333 Collins St Melbourne vic
Sud Food & Wine Bar 03 9670 8451: 219 King St Melbourne vic - Tablecloths and a quality setting give this deep room, with its banquette seating, a sense of formality.
Summer Cafe 03 9281 8000: Arts Centre St Kilda Rd Melbourne vic
Supper Inn 03 9663 4759: 15 Celestial Ave Melbourne vic - Supper Inn feed everyone - Chinese restaurateurs, their children, rock stars, actors and the rest of us until 3am. It's a Melbourne institution and with good reason.
Sushi Masa 03 9662 1322: 10 Bourke St Melbourne vic - The food is traditional Japanese, offering Hako-sushi (boxed sushi) and even better jo-sushi (fancy sushi selection).
Sushi Ten 03 9639 6296: Shop 14-15 Port Phillip Arcade 228 Flinders St Melbourne vic - Sushi Ten's black board menu of Japanese soups and rice dishes supplements its offering. All cheap, served happily and quickly, with the sushi and sashimi being the best bet.
Sweet Mama's Cafe 03 9663 3944: 225 Bourke St Melbourne vic - A cute place tucked into what was the disabled access to the bank. Friendly guys serving who are fast.
Switch Board 03 : 11 & 12 Manchester Unity Arcade 220 Collins St Melbourne vic - A pair of tiny holes-in-the-wall tucked away at the back of the Manchester Unity - coffee and goodies.
Syracuse 03 9670 1777: 23 Bank Pl Melbourne vic - This is a wine 'lounge' with good food. The room is beautiful, high ceilings, Greek columns and an eclectic mix of Victorian furniture and marble. The focus is on the enormous wine list.
Taste Of Borneo 03 9629 1982: 2/26 King St Melbourne vic
Taxi Dining-Room 03 9654 8808: Level 1, Transport, Federation Square Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic - Top end dining with Michael Lambie at the stoves and an architectural statement to match. A welcome addition to the thinning ranks of fine diners in Melbourne.
Tazio Birraria And Pizzeria 03 9654 9119: 66 Flinders La Melbourne vic
Teahouse At Chinatown 03 9639 2526: 11 Cohen Pl Melbourne vic - Another of Lawrence Tse's excellent Tea Houses. Good Food, fine service and an excellent wine list.
The Establishment 03 9670 6380: 192 King St Melbourne vic
The Press Club 03 9677 9677: 72 Flinders St Melbourne vic
Three Degrees Bar Brewery Brasserie 03 9639 6766: QV Square Swanston St cnr Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Time Out 03 9671 3855: St Paul's Court 2 Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic
Toasted On Collins Place 03 9654 4445: Shop 51 Collins Pl 45 Collins St Melbourne vic
Tokio Japanese Take-away 03 9650 4144: Shop 16-17 The Causeway Melbourne vic
Tony Starr's Kitten Club 03 9650 2448: Level 1 267 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Funky upstairs bar with a lively, clubby feel. Alongside the expected liquid refreshments is Asian influenced food.
Torimatsu 03 9670 9683: 179 King St Melbourne vic - Lunchtime here is filled with local business-people who enjoy good service from the owner, Takashi Mitsunaga.
The Trader Bar 03 9663 4678: 71 Collins St Melbourne vic
Transit Lounge Garden 03 9654 8808: Level 2, Transport Hotel Federation Sq Melbourne vic
Transport 03 9654 8808: Federation Square Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic - A grand architectural space of soaring concrete houses a large amount of beer.
Travellers Cafe 03 9654 7690: 2nd Floor 169 Swanston St Melbourne vic
Treasury Restaurant 03 9211 6699: 394 Collins Melbourne vic - The Treasury, is situated on one side of a large open space that used to be the lobby. It's open for breakfast & dinner daily, lunch Mon-Fri.
Treviso 03 9670 8833: 4 Bank Pl Melbourne vic
Troika Bar 03 9663 0221: 106 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - Very much a bar for drinking and talking, a mostly older and unconventional crowd.
The Trust 03 9629 9300: 405 Flinders La Melbourne vic - Most of this grand space is dedicated to suited drinkers. There is also a dining area where elaborate 'Italian' food is the order of the day.
Tsindos 03 9663 3194: 197 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic - A long running Grekk restaurant in the Greek section of Lonsdale St. Traditional food and service.
Turf Bar & Restaurant 03 9670 1271: 131 Queens St Melbourne vic - Racing paraphenalia strewn around polished timber panelling (Irish pub feel) and 90% blue suited, red tied corporates.
Two Floors Up 03 9639 0966: lv 1&2 185 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Upper House 03 9663 3134: Federation Square Swanston St cnr Flinders St Melbourne vic - Downstairs a wine bar and above an upmarket brasserie with a smart but restful French influenced fit-out
Velour Bar 03 9663 5589: 121 Flinders la Melbourne vic - A slick little bar, with a film set look. The music pumps out from the downstairs bar and upstairs lounge at weekends.
Verge 03 9639 9500: 1 Flinders La Melbourne vic - This is a place to enjoy. There's a fabulous view over the Treasury gardens, the service is particularly well judged
Verve 03 9639 5886: 177 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - A cafe wrapped in a clothing shop. So tiny is this space that you could probably do both things at once.
Vivaldi 03 9650 3630: Collins Place (Hotel Sofitel Complex) 48/ 45 Collins St Melbourne vic - Traditional Italian dishes served here. Simple and bustling setting within the Great Space beside the Sofitel.
Vue De Monde 03 9691 3888: Normanby Chambers 430 Little Collins St Melbourne vic - Professionally trained chef, Shannon Bennett and his young team serve up French food, in the finest tradition.
Wagamama Melbourne 03 9639 0955: 83 Flinders La Melbourne vic - If 'Asian' noodles from an English chain are your thing then this is the place for you.
The Waiters Restaurant 03 9650 1508: 1st Floor 20 Meyers Pl Melbourne vic - Legendary dining room hidden at the top of stairs in a laneway. Traditional Italian dishes served on laminex tables.
Westin Foyer Bar 03 9635 2222: Westin Hotel Melbourne 205 Collins St Melbourne vic
Westlake 03 9663 4265: 189 Little Bourke St Melbourne vic - A convenient place to meet and eat something quick in the centre of Chinatown.
Wheat 03 9642 0288: 534 Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
William Angliss College 03 9606 2409: 555 LaTrobe Melbourne vic
The Willows 03 9867 5252: 462 St Kilda Rd Melbourne vic - One of the last St Kilda Rd mansions lives on as a restaurant serving a corporate clientele.
The Windsor Hotel 03 9633 6004: 103 Spring St Melbourne vic
Wine Bar 03 9654 6050: Victorian Wine Precinct, Fed Square 2 Swanston St Melbourne vic - This excellent addition to Melbourne's wine bar scene has a nicely laid back atmosphere, good snacks, and a great selection of wines.
Word Lounge Bar 03 9606 0611: 14 Goldie Pl Melbourne vic
Yak Bar & Food 03 9654 6699: Russell St cnr Flinders La Melbourne vic - On the corner of Russell and Flinders Lane Yak pretends to be a lane dweller. Tapas and after-work drinks.
Yamato 03 9663 1706: 28 Corrs la Melbourne vic - The country style Japanese cooking and its tucked away position make Yamato popular with a young adult crowd.
Yen Sushi Place 03 9663 0778: 12 Centre Place Melbourne vic
Young & Jackson's Hotel 03 9650 3884: 1 Swanston St Melbourne vic - Y&J's is reputedly Melbourne's oldest surviving pub. The main attraction is Chloe, painted in 1875 by Jules Le Febvre
Yu-U 03 9639 7073: Enter From Oliver Lane 137 Flinders la Melbourne vic - No sign just a blank door. Enter. Go down stairs and find yourself in Japan facing a large bar at which food is served.
Zaleti 03 9650 7731: QV Square Swanston cnr Lonsdale St Melbourne vic
Zmeg's Cafe 03 9663 5530: 27 Russell St Melbourne
The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Dining aboard our famous fleet of historical trams that have become the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is perfect for special occasions. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world and as you cruise the city streets of Melbourne enjoying fine cuisine, drinking the very best of Australian wines, this is a marvellous way to see Melbourne.
Dracula's Theatre Restaurant
Dracula’s is Australia’s longest-running and most successful theatre restaurant, having entertained over 3 millions guests over 30 years.
From the moment you arrive the entertainment begins! Be greeted at the door by blood-stained Draculettes, who will guide you up the stairs to the Graveyard Cocktail Lounge for a tall drink. After taking in the sites and magnificent movie memorabilia, board the Ghost Train into the Theatre of the Vampyre, where you will dine in Gothic splendour on a delicious three course dinner before sinking your teeth into the latest “must-see” production.
Dracula’s unique combination of comedy skits, carnival style novelty acts; mind-blowing puppetry and Berlin Burlesque all set to punchy live music will ensure you have an unforgettable evening.
After the show; souvenir photographs, shopping at the Shop of Horrors and cocktails with the cast will complete your evening of ‘Thrillertainment’
Address: 100 Victoria Street, Carlton. Telephone: (03) 93473344
Witches in Britches
Witches in Britches has been entertaining audiences for over 26 years and is located at 84 Dudley Street Melbourne. Witches In Britches is an interactive theatre experience combining quality dining, spellbinding live entertainment, dancing and potent potions at the only medieval castle in the heart of the city. A Nightmare on Witch Street/ Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
For information contact the box office Monday to Friday between 10am and5pm on 9329 9850.
The Looney Bin - The Looney Bin Licenced Theatre Restaurant has a licenced bar, comedy cabaret, authentic Austrian come Bavarian costumes. I couldn't find a website, but the address is 419 Spencer Street West Melbourne. Telephone: (03) 9329 5712
(This is a work in progress, more will be added)
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Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.