Melbourne is a serious culinary hotspot, with everything from fine dining, exceptional coffee spots to burger joints, coffee and cocktails.
There’s an argument to say Melbourne is the most influential food city in Australia. We certainly don’t disagree.
The culture capital is famous for its defined ”eat streets” – such as Lygon Street in Carlton and Acland streets in St Kilda as well as coffee laneways throughout the CBD.
With so many to choose from, we’ve listed our top food hangouts which we think will make you want to jump on a flight to Melbourne today.
1. Oscar Cooper
Oscar Cooper is great for either breakfast or lunch with hearty breakfast burritos, famous burgers and awesome coffee and a wide beer selection.
Make sure you try the grilled prawn tacos with sweet cabbage, avocado, coriander pickle, crustacean mayo served with patatas bravas. Yum!
Are you after that ‘holiday-feeling’?
Republica St Kilda Beach prides themselves for the restaurant’s laid back dining and drinks ‘for the people’. The restaurant encourages a relaxed dining experience and offers an incredible view.
One of the most popular dishes is pan fried tasmanian salmon, baba ghanoush, tabouli and eggplant chips. And if you are just after drinks the cocktail menu won’t disappoint.
With raving reviews from food critics and with chef Ryan Flaherty in the kitchen this is a winner.
It’s a neighbourhood restaurant that combines a simple, modern dining room with brilliant service and food that makes you go ‘wow’ with each mouthful.
A popular dessert is ‘The Granny Smith Apple Crumble’.
Mexican food lovers will go mad for the cheesy corn on the cob and salty margaritas. Well-known amongst locals Mamasita is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne.
The Elote Callejero ($5.40 each) chargrilled corn, with queso, chipotle mayo and lime is a must-try.
As the name suggests this place is for anyone who’s got an appetite for Belgium beer with Leffe Blonde and Hoegaarden being popular premium brews.
This is also where people flock to get a taste of traditional Belgium cuisine including Flemish beef stew and cauliflower val au vont (cauliflower, blue cheese and leek veloute served in a crispy puff pastry shell)
Found floating under the Pedestrian Bridge on the Southbank, this retro-chic riverside venue is not hard to find.
With an exotic flora and fauna decor and wide selection of microbrewer ales and a tasty all-day menu Ponyfish Island is a popular restaurant amongst visitors as well as locals.
Enjoy a Spanish Meatball Toastie with frosty longneck whilst watching the beautiful skyline. It’s all good.
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