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

Restaurants

Lulu's Char Koay Teow

Restaurant

A cafe-style restaurant on Hardware Lane inspired by – and using the special sauce from – the owner’s mother-in-law and her hawker stall in Malaysia.

Farmer’s Daughters

Restaurant

This three-storey love letter to Gippsland and its produce is by Alejandro Saravia, the chef behind CBD classic Pastuso. There's a deli with house-made pastrami rolls; a suave restaurant with a focus on cooking with flames; and a greenhouse-like rooftop oasis.

Ippudo

Restaurant

A world-famous ramen joint serving the Hakata-style noodle-soup dish from Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture.

Cumulus Inc.

Restaurant

Andrew McConnell's all-day eating house combines excellent food with interior design.

Magic Mountain Saloon

Restaurant

Punchy Thai food and cocktails.

Maha

Restaurant

Refined Middle Eastern from celebrity chef Shane Delia.

Cafes

Nico's Sandwich Deli

Cafe

This sandwich spot from a trio of experienced hospo players was supposed to open in March 2020. One pandemic and a long Fitzroy pop-up later, Nico's has made its way back to its original home in the CBD. Come for jazzed-up Italo-Japanese-leaning sangas, strong coffees and sweet shakes.

Saint Dreux

Cafe

Fancy katsu sandos and high-quality coffee are the draws at this takeaway-driven spot inside the St. Collins Lane food court.

5 & Dime

Cafe

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

Laneway Greens

Cafe

There’s no mix-and-match required at this modern salad bar. The killer combinations are thought up for you.

The Moat

Cafe

More than simply the Wheeler Centre's bar and cafe, The Moat is a food and wine destination.

Greta

Cafe

At Greta, you'll find breakfast pasta, crackling-coated porchetta rolls and free aperitivo snacks. Swing by this olive and mustard-toned sandwich and wine bar for Axil coffee and Penny for Pound pastries, or linger with a Martini made with Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin.

Bars

Byrdi

Bar

Drinks here include a boozy smoked-pear soda, and gin with jasmine and plum. Get yours alongside hibachi-grilled seafood.

Beneath Driver Lane

Bar

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

Arbory Afloat

Bar

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

Curious

Bar

Descend a dark spiral staircase into this basement cocktail bar wrapped in a cocoon of timber, where you’ll find theatrical drinks with smoke, bubbles and art.

Nick and Nora’s

Bar

Across five rooms and three balconies, indulge in theatrical cocktails bubbling with liquid nitrogen, tropical boozy yuzu-pineapple punch bowls for four (served in a huge bronze swan), champagne towers, ridiculously large 15-litre bottles of Mumm, and fancy canapés.

Hihou

Bar

At this Japanese-influenced bar from the owner of Izakaya Den, you'll have a hard deciding whether you prefer the drinks or the food. The solution? In order to make your mind up, you should order copious amounts of both.

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Shops

Tang The Asian Food Emporium

Shop

Tang (formerly known as Great Eastern Foods) has been stocking Asian groceries at their Russell Street residence for over 35 years. Come here for noodles, dim-sims, sambal, soy and sake.

Hometown Asian Supermarket

Shop

Come here for Japanese and Malaysian cuisine including hand rolled udon noodles, Kurbata Pork and umeshu (plum wine). Hometown has a large range of sweets from across the Asia.

KT Mart

Shop

This is one of two Korea Marts on Elizabeth Street. Visit for an unsurpassed array of kimchis, gochujangs and other Korean specialties. There are also plenty of frozen dumplings to take home and one of Melbourne's best line-ups of specialty rices.

búl

Shop

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

Nique

Shop

Minimal, contemporary clothing favoured by creative professionals.

Trunk Tailors

Shop

Trunk Tailors promises to fulfil your suiting needs.