A run down of the best restaurants, bars and cafes in the buzzing, cosmopolitan city of Melbourne:
Think fresh rice paper rolls, vermicelli noodle salads, traditional pho, duck pancakes, lemongrass and ginger chicken curries, and $5 tap beer or wine to wash it all down…This side-street Vietnamese restaurant is so reasonably priced and the food is just gorgeous and so tasty!
Everyone in the city knows Cookie. With 5 different floors – including a quirky bar, fine-dining Asian restaurant and an open air rooftop cinema – this is a great place to be, especially during the week when it’s a bit quieter! Grab a bottle of wine and watch the world go by below you…
I’m a massive lover of a good pancake (who isn’t?!) and I’m a little bit in love with France and its food…so the ultimate combination is a cute little French crêperie!
We originally ordered the crepes to takeaway, but then we saw the inside and it was just so cute so we decided to eat in. Between us we had a banana and maple syrup combo and a classic nutella and strawberry…I’d definitely give this little French gem a visit if you are in the Fitzroy area – they might just be some of the best authentic crepes in Melbourne!
Right in the centre of the city action in City Square, this is the ultimate place to relax, refresh and people-watch with Aperol and Campari spritz on a sunny day!
After months of walking past the stand up signs along the city streets for this all-you-can-eat vegetarian ‘restaurant’ – if you can call it that – I decided to see what all the hype was about! Just off Swanston Street, Om Vegetarian is more like a family-run cafe – but one with amazing Indian home cooking so good that you can keep going back for more…and then more.
This decadent cocktail bar takes you through time with its incredible decade themed cocktails for whichever era you fancy escaping to. With lounge and jazz music in the background and personal table service, it’s a place to choose for something or someone special.
Brunch is a big thing in Oz. With an edgy interior, typically good Melbourne coffee and a menu filled with smashed avo, poached egg, caramelised bacon, onions, mushrooms and sourdough toast, this is the ultimate breakfast Aussie style!
This tapas and vodka bar, right in the CBD, is a great little place to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner or equally for more of an upbeat night with a group of friends! One of my favourite places in the city.
From their website: How does it work?
Each Pintxos is skewered with a toothpick, you just go up to the bar and help yourself to whatever catches your eye. As well as that, there are hot Pintxos floating around the room and one of our waiters will tempt you with them, like a flower tempts a bee. When you’ve had your fill, collect your toothpicks, hand them to the bar staff, and they will tally your bill.
This quirky little ice-cream parlour is the perfect place for a sweet treat. My recommendations are: Mr Grey (earl grey flavoured ice cream frozen with a layer of nutella) and Strawberry Cheesecake…
Head to the Greek Precinct on Lonsdale Street for a little slice of Greece within the city. To the background of traditional greek music, choose from an array of cakes, pastries and other sweets and enjoy your coffee European style on the street as you sit and watch the passers-by.
A cute and quirky bar with three levels where you can enjoy cocktails, food and (sometimes) live music simultaneously. With a more chilled vibe in the afternoon, the pace picks up for the nighttime with a live DJ and crowded dance floor.
Head to one of Australia’s oldest markets for some al-fresco eating and drinking. Open every Wednesday evening from 5-10pm, there is such a great variety of both food and drink stalls to choose from that you will always find something to suit you! A really memorable night!
For the best and most unique chai lattes in Melbourne (and as the coffee nation of Australia, that’s saying something!), head to this cafe located in the City Library building! For a studious but chic environment, it’s a great place to take a break from your day.