Where Should I Eat in Melbourne?

When it comes to food, Melbourne really knows how to impress. I've done my fair share of travelling and I'm still positive Melbourne has the best food in the world. I'm always getting asked for restaurant, cafe and bar recommendations so I've made a list of some of my favourite places to eat and drink in this wonderful city – all tried and tested by yours truly. I hope you love these places as much as I do! (Select the headings below to view the recommendations for each area.)
Glamp Bar, Melbourne CBD

Glamp Bar, Melbourne CBD

 

CBD & Docklands

  • Chin Chin [Thai-fusion and my all-time favourite restaurant]
  • Manchester Press [The best bagels in town; damn good coffee too]
  • polēpolē / Glamp [African food and cocktails; order the beef ribs]
  • Gazi [Greek food by George Calombaris]
  • Supernormal [Japanese-fusion; try the lobster rolls and peanut butter parfait]
  • Seamstress [Three-level venue with Pan-Asian food and great cocktails]
  • The Arbory [Was a train platform, now Melbourne's longest bar; great burgers and they have espresso martinis on tap!]
  • Mamasita [Queen of Mexican – try the corn!]
  • Berlin Bar [Weird and wonderful cocktails]
  • State of Grace [AKA "The Harry Potter Bar"; Hi-5 if you can figure out how to get into the bar ;-)]
  • La Petite Crêperie [Street food stall with Nutella Crepes]
  • The Merrywell [Drool-worthy burgers; my vote for the best burgers in the city]
  • The Grain Store [Styled like a fancy barn, a brunch here will blow your mind]
  • Banoi [Excellent Vietnamese; menu has all the usual suspects and every dish is fresh and full of flavour]
Peanut butter and caramel parfait from Supernormal

Peanut butter and caramel parfait from Supernormal

 

St Kilda & Balaclava

  • Uncle [Vietnamese-fusion; the 'pig's ear banh mi' will change your life]
  • Bluecorn [Mexican done a bit differently]
  • Milk the Cow [Licensed fromagerie; order a cheese and wine flight (and thank me later)]
  • St. Hotel [Great newly-renovated bar, great Thai food]
  • Las Tapas [Authentic Spanish tapas, seriously amazing little place]
  • Las Chicas [Best brunch in St Kilda East]
  • Batch [Close runner-up for best brunch in St Kilda East; I regularly dream about the haloumi burger]
  • Radio Mexico [Best margarita in Melbourne, also great Mexican food]
  • Hank Marvin Markets [Food truck market in the park]
  • Mammy's Boy [Great little burger and chip shop; the fish burger is divine]
  • Mopho Canteen [Really, really good pho]
German hotdog from The Snag Society at Hank Marvin Markets

German hotdog from The Snag Society at Hank Marvin Markets

 

South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor (+ Chapel Street)

  • Mr Miyagi [Japanese-fusion; could be best food on Chapel St; try the nori taco]
  • Two Birds, One Stone [A+ brunch; although full of pretentious South Yarra folk]
  • Yellow Bird [Chilled-out place, great for lunch and a beer]
  • Hobba [Best chai latte, also amazing brunch]
  • Fonda [Yummy Mexican food and super cute venue with a bar upstairs]
  • Jungle Boy [Hidden bar behind the freezer door at Boston Sub; great cocktails, subs and poutine]
  • Hawker Hall [Sister restaurant of Chin Chin with sensational Malaysian and Singaporean street food]
  • House of Hoi An [Incredible new Vietnamese place by the famous Hoi An restauranteur, Ms Ly]
Mr Miyagi's nori tacos

Mr Miyagi's nori tacos

 

South Melbourne

Hotcake from The Kettle Black

Hotcake from The Kettle Black

 

Richmond area

Crumpets from Little Big Sugar Salt

Crumpets from Little Big Sugar Salt, North Richmond