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

Restaurants

Goldie Canteen

Restaurant

There's an offering of pan-Asian share plates which include a peking duck toastie and a panko-crumbed eggplant bao.

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Mr Crackles

Restaurant

Pork crackling and crispy chicken-katsu rolls served until the early hours.

Bar Margaux

Restaurant

Walk down the nondescript staircase and let your eyes adjust. There’s no natural light at this bistro – that’s why it’s so easy to lose track of time.

Wonderbao

Restaurant

A restaurant that's solely devoted to the Chinese bun.

Palermo

Restaurant

An Italian-influenced Argentinian spot by the San Telmo and Pastuso team.

Coda

Restaurant

An energetic bar and restaurant serving modern Euro-Vietnamese fusion dishes.

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Cafes

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.

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.

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Pope Joan

Cafe

A clubby and convivial space with an all-day, British-leaning brunch menu. And yes, the famous Reuben has survived the move from Brunswick East.

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Bars

Peaches

Bar

Above American barbeque spot Cheek, this pretty cocktail bar has four happy hours a day and serves Sichuan fried-chicken sandwiches until 3am. Further up, there’s a rooftop bar with city views.

Radar

Bar

This Melbourne nightclub comes with a 29-year dance-music legacy.

Ferdydurke

Bar

The crew behind Section 8 has a joint high above its original haunt.

Little Lon Distilling Co

Bar

A miniature gin distillery with a one-year lease, and a hundred-year history.

Bar Lourinhã

Bar

Spanish food served with genuine flair.

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Globe Alley

Bar

There is free pool, $1 wings, jalapeño poppers and live music at this Southern-American-inspired dive bar.

Shops

Craft Victoria

Shop

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

Marimekko

Shop

A colourful Finnish label with an instantly recognisable style.

Weirdoughs

Shop

This tiny, technicolour Flinders Lane patisserie serves flaky croissants and fluffy doughnuts without the help of butter, milk or eggs.

Bassike

Shop

The best place to find quality basics and beautifully made pieces.

Kuwaii

Shop

Floral fantasia and femininity abounds at this local label’s boutiques.

Gorman

Shop

Melbourne’s icon of gloriously bold, fun prints.