Imagine it: you fight your way through the packed foyer, find your seat and settle in to enjoy the show. Just as the curtain lifts, your stomach gives a loud rumble. Now you remember – you skipped lunch.

Don't risk an empty stomach ruining your ballet experience. At these spots you can catch a quick meal or snacks before the show, or take your time for a full de-brief afterwards.

Matilda

A bold, contemporary diner dedicated to cooking with fire and smoke, from the owner-chef of Estelle and Saint Crispin.

159 Domain Road, South Yarra
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The Barre

The Arts Centre’s in-house restaurant is your best option for a pre- or post-show dinner.

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Bombini Buzz

An all-day eatery attached to Hamer Hall.

Hamer Hall, Southbank Promenade, Southbank

Garçon Paris Steakhouse

A 1980s-inspired Parisian bistro with old-school charm.

6 Alfred Place, Melbourne
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Asado Bar and Grill

A former Stokehouse chef putting a Spanish twist on traditional Argentinian cooking.

6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

DOC Southbank

An aperitivo hour with complimentary snacks; crisp, springy pizza bases; and fried egg and pancetta paninos can be found in this modern-industrial space from the now-classic Carlton operators.

T7 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Cumulus Inc.

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

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Supernormal

Sit at the bar and whiz through a few Japanese-inspired share plates.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Coda

A unique blend of Euro-Vietnamese and modern-Australian dishes.

Basement 141 Flinders Lane (corner Oliver Lane), Melbourne
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Cumulus Up Wine Bar

Get snacky at Andrew McConnell's upstairs wine bar.

Level 1 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Garden State Hotel

Ideal for dinner, drinks or both.

101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Bar Ampere

Here, you can discuss the show for hours. Wine and cheese are served until 3am every day.

16 Russell Place, Melbourne

Mamasita

The queue will (hopefully) have subsided by the time the show's over.

Level 1 11 Collins Street, Melbourne

Fatto

A relaxed Italian eatery alongside Hamer Hall, perfect for a pre- or post-show bite.

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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Il Solito Posto

Enjoy a quick pasta at one of Melbourne's most-loved Italian spots.

Basement 113 Collins Street (enter George Pde), Melbourne

Ponyfish Island

Breakfast, lunch and dinner served under the Yarra Pedestrian Footbridge.

Southbank Pedestrian Bridge , Southgate

Taxi Kitchen

Crowd-pleasing mains and 360 view of the city.

Level 1 / Transport Hotel Federation Square Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Arbory Bar & Eatery

For drinks before or after the show.

Flinders Walk, Melbourne

polepole

The vibe is strong at this upstairs African-inspired spot.

1 267 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Dukes Coffee Roasters

For coffee and lunch before or after a matinee.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Manchester Press

Fill up on bagels and coffee before a matinee.

8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne