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

Restaurants

Butchers Diner

Restaurant

Late night burgers, steak sandwiches and duck-heart yakitori.

Chancery Lane

Restaurant

Scott Pickett's take on a mod-French brasserie brings old-world European elegance to a heritage-listed CBD building. There's ritzy deep-green marble, dramatic arched windows and candelabras throughout. Start with black truffle and foie gras toasties, then move onto French-style gnocchi, and finish with a gin-and-raspberry baba.

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Grill Americano

Restaurant

Venetian elegance, New York energy and a kick of Melbourne nostalgia collide at the Lucas Group’s lavish brasserie and grill. Take a seat in the grand dining room for charcoal-fired bistecca, a show stopping tiramisu, quintessentially Italian cocktails and plenty of tableside theatrics.

Chin Chin

Restaurant

The fiery Thai diner Melburnians and tourists have been queuing for since 2011.

Society

Restaurant

At this sprawling restaurant by Chris Lucas, there’s an experience for just about every taste. Grab a seat at the angular marble bar for cocktails by one of the world’s best bartenders (or nab a banquette in the walk-in only lounge); take a seat in the expansive, chandelier-lit dining room to try the dazzling Japanese and European-inspired menu; or get some friends together to book one of the striking private dining rooms.

Mesa Verde

Restaurant

This bar inside Curtin House is focused on agave-based spirits first and foremost. But the food's no afterthought – Baja-style rockling tacos, achiote chicken quesadillas and Mexican doughnuts with wattleseed dulce de leche all go dangerously well with a margarita or the spicy riff on a pina colada.

Cafes

Babajan Little Collins Street

Cafe

The second takeaway-only location for the acclaimed cafe offers all the same Turkish-inspired sandwiches, vibrant salads and house-made treats as the North Carlton original. But it has a few of its own moves, plus a retail section brimming with hard-to-find retail products.

The League of Honest Coffee

Cafe

Excellent coffee from Padre.

Earl Canteen

Cafe

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

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

Market Lane Coffee Collins Street

Cafe

An elegant spot for lingering over a fine coffee.

Market Lane Coffee Victoria Street

Cafe

This iteration of the Market Lane cafe constellation brings the same winning combination: great coffee, quick-and-tasty snacks, plus plenty of beans and accessories to take home with you.

Bars

Arlechin

Bar

Whether it’s spaghetti, duck liver parfait or tiramisu ice-cream pops, the Grossi family’s new venture will guarantee you’ll be eating (and drinking) in style, post midnight.

Beneath Driver Lane

Bar

Moody blues and dark spirits rule at this cavernous, below-ground bar.

Arbory Afloat

Bar

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

Juliet Melbourne

Bar

A wine bar that's all about supporting women in the industry.

Bar Lourinhã

Bar

Spanish food served with genuine flair.

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Longsong

Bar

Scott Pickett's atmospheric venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.

Shops

búl

Shop

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

Schmucks Bagels

Shop

Traditional bagels with innovative fillings.

Marimekko

Shop

A colourful Finnish label with an instantly recognisable style.

Dinosaur Designs

Shop

Australia's resin artisans.

Scanlan Theodore

Shop

Simple elegance combined with Australian and European influences and quality – a never fail option.

American Doughnut Kitchen

Shop

Melbourne’s first ever doughnut outlet.