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As Australia’s gourmet food capital, Melbourne, houses an incredible and diverse food scene. These 20 best restaurants in Melbourne, Australia are just a few of the many on offer. As a self-proclaimed foodie myself, I find that one way to connect to a destination and a culture is through trying its restaurants and specialties and Australia did not disappoint. As many of you know I recently returned from Australia and I keep thinking back to the country that captured my soul and filled my appetite. These are the 20 best restaurants in Melbourne, Australia I came across along my travels.

20 Best Restaurants in Melbourne, Australia

20 Best Restaurants in Melbourne, Australia

1. Attica
It’s no lie that this is one of the hardest reservations to get, Attica is surely at the top of the list for good reason. Think local ingredients in a stunning presentation.

2. Chin Chin
Find the lines may be long but this is one of those institutions of the city — great Thai food.

3. Au79
I recommend AU79 for brunch and coffee, although there lunch menu does not disappoint. Try the Truffle Croque Madame for a great way to start the day.

20 Best Restaurants in Melbourne, Australia

4. Breakfast Thieves
It wouldn’t be a trip to Melbourne without sampling some of the breakfast, and this is a good spot to start. Get the Leprechaun composed of perfectly cooked and crunchy corn fitters served with hummus, poached eggs, chick peas and an incredible sauce.

5. Hinoki Japanese Pantry
This is the closest I’ve gotten to authentic Japanese cuisine outside of Japan.

20 Best Restaurants in Melbourne, Australia

6. Alimentari
With a strong Italian heritage in Melbourne, the options are endless. Offering an unusual and elaborate menu with impeccable flavors. If the Octopus Carpaccio is a representation of the entire menu then nothing will disappoint.

7. Tonka
South Asian-inspired dining puts Tonka on the list as their flavors and technique combine perfectly on the plate.

8. Shop Ramen
Oh the lines here may hurt, but this deliciously natural, organic modern-traditional Japanese food housed in a small restaurant on the busy and quirky Smith St is worth it.

9. Hotel Jesus
Not all food has to be white linen and this great casual Mexican venue has a seemingly limitless menu. HotelJesus-interior-3

10. Lune Croissanterie
Did you even go to Melbourne without a stop here? The bakery is in an old warehouse and the kitchen is open so that you can see what’s being made. The line to buy croissants is out the door and around the corner, but it is worth the wait for the world’s best croissant.

11. The Kettle Black
Stunning decor and ambiance, great service, and even better food. This was one of my first introductions to “brunch” in Melbourne.

12. Ides
A multi-course tasting menu brought from the former Peter Gunn of Attica, places Ides as a bucket list spot on the list.

13. Hutong
Come here for the dumplings!


14. Lucy Liu Trendy and upbeat with amazing service  located in Melbourne’s CBD’s heart of dining.

15. Hochi Mama Bursting with taste and atmosphere, Hochi Mama offers an Asian fusion dining experience you won’t want to miss. 14b5202f4dbf790a2d634a01e3214fea

16. Maha
One of Melbourne’s top restaurants for food, wine and service.

17. Vue de Monde
Australian cuisine and fine dining. You can watch your food being prepared from the mirrors positioned on the ceiling above each kitchen table for an added element of entertainment.

18. Il Cantuccio
With an authentic Italian cuisine offering, you’ll feel as if you’ve been magically transported to Italy, itself.

19. Embla
Fine yourself at a table where most dishes are prepared in a redgum-fired oven, plus the wine list is one to die for.

20. Bar Liberty
Small and large plates to share, come here for an incredible wine bar experience.


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20 Best Restaurants in Melbourne, Australia

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