Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in the world offering a dizzying array of cuisines & exciting foodie experiences! You will find never-ending cafes, restaurants, bistros & food carts offering the best coffee & food in the world.
However, with so many options it can get a bit overwhelming & confusing. One great resource is to check out Zomato before you hit the streets of Melbourne. You can read reviews & see photos from previous patrons which should help take the risk out of either choosing the wrong place, or missing out on something amazing!
To help you get started though, here are some of Melbourne’s main foodie locations in & around the city, do some exploring — sometimes the best places are hidden down a laneway or around the next corner!
Chinatown Melbourne dates back to the Gold Rush days of the 1850s. It is also the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world! It’s essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke Street with alleys that link the area to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.
Feast on dumplings, experience authentic Yum Cha and savour the smells & flavours of Melbourne’s wonderful Chinese culture. If you haven’t made it to the Michelin-rated Tim-Ho-Wan in Hong Kong, why not try their famous pork buns at their new location on Bourke Street!
Chinatown and it’s surrounding streets also offer exciting Korean & Japanese food along with interesting shops & arcades.
Southbank & South Wharf
Right on the banks of the Yarra River, Southbank houses some of the most spectacular restaurants Melbourne has to offer! Foodies will find all the familiar names, Nobu, Rockpool, Spice Temple, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal & more. There are also more casual dining experiences.
One of the best things to do after dinner is to time a yummy Gelato with the famous Southbank fireballs which float off into the beautiful Melbourne sky!
A little bit further down is South Wharf with its restored heritage sheds now housing waterfront bars, restaurants and cafes. Here you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the beautiful river & city.
While you’re exploring this end of the city, take your little ones for a maritime adventure on tall ship Polly Woodside, permanently docked at South Wharf.
Collins Street Precinct
The Collins Street Precinct is one of Melbourne’s most desirable neighbourhoods.
Originally one mile long when it was first laid out in the early 1800’s, the street now stretches three kilometres from Spring Street to the waterfront at Docklands. The broader Collins Street Precinct encompasses Little Collins Street and Flinders Lane, along with the colourful and iconic laneways that connect them.
Collins Street is home to luxury and premium retail, 5-star and boutique accommodation, world class dining and drinking destinations, top entertainment & attractions, art and culture, heritage, architecture and design.
Visit the Official Website for more information.
Here are some SPECIAL OFFERS within the Collins Street Precinct:
Royal St. Collins.
The Royal is a European style tea house in the heart of St. Collins Lane; delighted in serving you beautiful high tea, breakfast, lunch and dessert.
We invite you to indulge in a luxury experience like no other. Experience a lush 70’s-style lounge, high-tea, luxury champagne and first-class service, all standard fare at Royal St. Collins!
From decadent sweet treats to eggs-your-way Royal St. Collins makes for a morning, afternoon – or evening – you won’t soon forget.
- Make a booking for two or more, for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and receive a complimentary Macaron, presented in a gold embossed gift box.
Royal St. Collins:
RG03/St. Collins Lane
260 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Liminal offers Melbourne city workers and visitors a beautiful welcoming space with simply delicious food.
Stop in for a coffee or breakfast, pick up a bottle of wine, cheese or local produce, host meetings and events and attend tastings in the Wine Store. It’s a reason to stay in the city, not escape.
We serve approachable, thoughtfully created food. Simplicity and freshness are key with fun textural elements and seasonality at the core; from our breakfast dishes and event menus through to our easy catering options and bespoke private dining room selections.
- Complimentary coffee with every breakfast main course
- Complimentary glass of house wine with every lunch main course
Ground Level, 161 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Founded by the Angele family in 1991, Brunetti is an Italian pasticceria institution, serving only the finest Italian cakes, desserts, pastries, pizzas, pastas and coffee. Here, the recipes and culture are borne of long-standing tradition, and they hand make the majority of their products locally or on site.
From humble beginnings in Carlton, Melbourne, Brunetti now have five stores in Australia and one in Singapore. The Flinders Lane location is their flagship venue and is open seven days per week. Drop in for breakfast, a quick espresso, a long lunch, or a drink at the Campari Bar.
- Brunetti will offer 10% off all hot and cold beverages and cakes (migon, biscotti, danishes, and pastries).
Brunetti Flinders Lane:
250 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hardware Lane is a sunny pedestrian-only laneway which runs between Bourke & Little Lonsdale Streets. It’s your typical Melbourne laneway full of cafes & restaurants, but with a distinctly European flavour!
A great place to enjoy alfresco dining on those warm summer days or huddle up inside one of the many cosy cafes when Melbourne decides to keep things ‘interesting’.
Pop into a Parisian gem, Hardware Societe for their famous baked eggs with chorizo and a coffee & macaron for dessert.
You will find anything from Italian to Asian fusion in this bright happy laneway, so take a wander and you’ll find out why Melbourne is famous for it’s food & coffee!
Lygon Street, Carlton
Just to the north of the city you will find Lygon Street, aka ‘Little Italy’ where Melbourne’s famous coffee culture started!
Walk along Lygon Street of an evening and you will enjoy the smell of pizza, pasta & all things Italian. You will wade through the relaxed crowd of diners trying to decide which mouth watering place to eat at. You will have a maître d’ at each door trying to entice you in, maybe even offering you a free dessert or a bottle of wine. Truly an experience from beginning til end!
If you want to enjoy some Italian delights but would prefer something a little quieter away from the hustle & bustle, head down some of the side streets & you’ll find even more options. For yummy pizza options popular with the locals, head just of Lygon Street to the corner of Faraday & Drummond and you’ll find DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar. This place is popular so get in early.
After your heavy Italiano meal, why not find yourself a creamy gelato or refreshing sorbet & lazily wander around the beautiful old buildings & European trees that line Lygon and surrounding streets.
Another Lygon Street icon and very popular with Melbournes visitors is Brunetti where you will be dazzled not only with the dizzying array of cakes & sweets, but with the marble, mosaics & murals reminiscent of Rome.
Smith Street, Fitzroy/Collingwood
Want to go where the locals go for good food & coffee? Head a little north-east of the city and you’ll find Smith Street, one side of the street being Fitzroy, the other Collingwood. A quick tram-ride away (#86) will bring you to two of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne where the Marvellous Melbourne, Gold Rush era is a bit grittier, but still there in all it’s glory!
Smith Street is where all the exciting restaurants want to be, so you will find everything from casual American-style burgers to ritzy fine dining and all the names you foodies will be familiar with!
Smith Street has also become a mecca for Asian cuisine with many non-traditional Japanese, Korean & Chinese options. Do you enjoy dumplings with some spice? Head to Bowl Bowl dumpling for the softest, tastiest dumplings & a tingling Sichuan influence.
Have you had one of George Calombaris’s famous Jimmy Grants Souvas yet? Well you’ll find the original Jimmy Grants here just off Smith Street in a beautiful old building, full of flavour and reasonably priced.
Just up the road is the very popular Gelato Messina where the whole of Melbourne tend to gravitate on those hot summer nights. Grab a gelato or sorbet & you’ll see why! You just might have to line up for a while… But it’s worth it.
A great brunch place with great coffee is Alimentari. They also have a wonderful deli where you can grab yummy cheese & charcuterie, crusty bread and they also have a huge assortment of in-house made salads to takeaway.
Do you like Vietnamese fluffy yet crusty rolls full of crispy or bbq pork? You’ll love N.Lee Bakery. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the big line out the door each lunchtime say’s everything! Don’t be daunted because it moves quickly and is worth the wait.
Feel like something a bit fancier? Cutler & Co and St. Crispin are just two popular choices along Smith Street, both with a beautiful atmosphere & fabulous modern Australian food.
Collingwood is also the place to visit if you like to try a beer right where it was made! With at least 6 Craft Breweries all within a short stroll from each other, most with a relaxed warehouse vibe, family friendly & offering great food. You can often enjoy a limited release brew and have a chat to the brewers themselves.
One of the bigger breweries, Stomping Ground, sits inside a beautifully restored warehouse full of greenery and even has an indoor playground for the kiddos. They offer great food options in a relaxed atmosphere. On those colder nights, the fires will be blaring. On those hot summer days, they have sprinklers misting you from the ceiling!
There are also many other local faves for coffee & brunch tucked around the side streets, so go for a wander and enjoy the history of the area!
Australian Venue Co (AVC) is a world-class hospitality group, with a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences across a national portfolio of restaurants, bars, pubs and dedicated event spaces.
- The Australian Venue Co (AVC). is excited to offer attendees of the 2019 Melbourne International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses an exclusive offer.
All MIC Convention delegates will receive:
- $10 welcome credit after downloading the app
- 15% off all bill payments made through the app
- Earn 10 points back for every $1 spent on the app. Points can be converted into store credit
All AVC discounts are made available through the AVC app which is downloadable via the Apple iTunes store and Google Play. The app allows customers to pay on their mobile and access offers and discounts at over 150 venues nationwide, and 30 in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.
Bookings at any venue can be made through (03) 9810 0077.
How to Download the app and receive your benefits:
- Download the “Australian Venue Co” App from any app store
- Register your account & add you preferred method of payment
- Head to menu on the top left, select “Voucher Code” & add code: MICJW
- Pay with the app in venue and receive your discount and earn points