The best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and events in the Melbourne CBD.

Restaurants

Pinchy's

Restaurant

This playful eatery has a 100-square-metre open-air balcony and a tonne of oceanic snacks. Expect to use your hands.

Bodega Underground

Restaurant

A late-night shrine to tacos and mezcal.

Tipo 00

Restaurant

Tipo 00 has an offering too good to refuse: carb-loaded, butter-drenched pasta.

Daughter In Law

Restaurant

A vibrant pan-Indian diner serving naan pizzas, sweet-and-sour fried cauliflower and Tandoori-fired-pineapple cocktails.

Tim Ho Wan

Restaurant

With 20 locations spread across Asia and Australia, this Hong Kong dumpling chain must be doing something right.

Di Stasio Citta

Restaurant

Restaurateur Rinaldo Di Stasio is back in the city with an extraordinary restaurant that blends high art, high drama and high cuisine.

Cafes

Goz City

Cafe

A fresh, upmarket take on gozleme, that flaky Turkish classic.

Liminal

Cafe

This sea of olive leather, grey velvet and art deco touches is not your everyday foyer cafe. On the menu: French flatbreads you can fold up like a taco, and salads with porchetta or rotisserie chicken.

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

This tribute to the Big Apple offers the finest deli-style food around.

5 & Dime

Cafe

5 & Dime is serving real-deal, New York-style bagels in the CBD.

Wonderpop & Deli

Cafe

Mac’n’cheese pies, banana and custard pancake pies, and rhubarb and liquorice dessert pies in a tiny shop that takes cues from Alice in Wonderland.

Lune Croissanterie CBD

Cafe

The second outpost for Melbourne's most revered croissants. Expect to queue for at least 15 minutes, if not longer.

Bars

Angel Music Bar

Bar

An audiophile playground for celebrated restaurateur Con Christopoulos that serves up lobster mac’n’cheese with a side of sub-bass frequencies.

Storyville

Bar

A two-storey portal to another land that works as an opulent bar and your own personal fairytale to get caught up in.

Dessous

Bar

Lively cocktails, pork-belly sandos and “Unicorn Donuts” are on the menu at this dark and daring basement bar.

The Melbourne Supper Club

Bar

A glass of wine and a seat in the weathered Chesterfield sofa overlooking Parliament House at sunrise is why this is arguably Melbourne's best late night bar.

The LuWow

Bar

Zombie cocktails, leopard print and tikis everywhere (obviously). Check your everyday life at the door – it’s pure fantasy here.

Arbory Afloat

Bar

Melbourne's favourite floating bar is back again for another season.

Shops

Nique

Shop

Minimal, contemporary clothing favoured by creative professionals.

Blonde Venus

Shop

Women’s fashion by Marietta Marlow, designed and made in Melbourne.

búl

Shop

Classical tailored pieces from city to sea by local designer Virginia Martin.

Somedays

Shop

Perfect Scandinavian dreams.

Incu

Shop

Simple, timeless fashion that keeps you coming back for more.

Craft Victoria

Shop

A not-for-profit gallery and retail space stocked with unique handmade goods.