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

Restaurants

Chin Chin

Restaurant

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

Marameo

Restaurant

A laidback Italian eatery in the space which once housed Sarti. Here your spritz comes with a limoncello kick, and cannoli is stuffed with Wagyu tartare. But the rooftop terrace? It’s not going anywhere.

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Supernormal

Restaurant

Beautifully executed pan-Asian offerings by Andrew McConnell.

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Longrain

Restaurant

At the forefront of contemporary Thai dining.

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Pentolina

Restaurant

After 19 years behind the counter at Pellegrini’s, Matt Picone opened this pasta bar dedicated to his late father.

Meatmaiden

Restaurant

A bona fide meat dungeon.

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Cafes

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.

Oli & Levi

Cafe

Oli & Levi brings well-priced, honest fare to city slickers.

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

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

Higher Ground

Cafe

The team behind Kettle Black and Top Paddock go beyond cafes with this CBD spot inspired by hotel hospitality.

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Earl Canteen

Cafe

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

Laneway Greens

Cafe

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

Bars

Cherry Bar

Bar

Music reigns supreme at this dimly-lit dive bar. It's out of its iconic ACDC Lane location, but still rocks just as hard.

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Bartronica

Bar

Essentially a licensed 1987 Timezone arcade.

Arbory Afloat

Bar

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

City Wine Shop

Bar

A traditional Italian all day bistro and wine shop.

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Beneath Driver Lane

Bar

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

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Whisky and Alement

Bar

With a massive selection and knowledgeable staff, this whisky bar rivals some of the best in the world.

Shops

American Doughnut Kitchen

Shop

Melbourne’s first ever doughnut outlet.

Obus

Shop

Melbourne-designed practical and travel-friendly garments.

T By LuxBite

Shop

After they conquered the macaron, the folks at LuxBite opened this tart-focussed bakery.

Punchin' Bottles

Shop

This wine shop by Embla’s Christian McCabe, winemaker Patrick Sullivan and importer Eric Narioo stocks interesting (and at times eccentric) small-batch and responsibly produced drops.

búl

Shop

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

Weirdoughs

Shop

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