Steamed, fried or floating in broth, the cheap and cheerful pillows of taste known simply as dumplings are a staple in Melbourne. Whether you fancy them stuffed with minced pork and prawn, or mushroom and chives, this list of CBD dumpling houses will deliver.

Din Tai Fung

The Taiwanese chain famous for its xiaolongbao.

M002/4 Emporium Melbourne 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Spice Temple

Yum cha by Neil Perry: a must-have Melbourne experience.

Crown Melbourne 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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HuTong CBD

Strong xiaolongbao game.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne


Find a refined take on xiaolongbao with free-range pork.

16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
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Tim Ho Wan

People all over the world line up for these barbeque pork buns.

206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

China Red

Another HuTong outpost, with touchscreen ordering.

Shop 6 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Shanghai Village

A student staple, with plates under $10.

112 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Flower Drum

Splash out at one of Melbourne's best fine-dining institutions.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne
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A tiny canteen serving up fluffy pillows of goodness.

Shop 4 19-37 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne

Mr Huang Jin

Forget the rest of the menu, the dumplings are all you need here.

4-5 Katherine Place 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

ShanDong MaMa

Fish dumplings straight from the Shandong Peninsula.

Shop 7 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne