Melbourne International Film Festival has been running since 1952. As far back as we can remember, it's been outdoing itself with each successive program. This year's schedule is shaping up to be another huge one, and features 350-plus films, from dark comedies to documentaries.

This year MIFF will be spreading a little wider than usual, introducing five new venues. There’s the newly re-opened Capitol Theatre, plus the auditorium at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street, Cinema Nova in Carlton, Arts House in North Melbourne and Plenary at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

One of the great things about attending MIFF, though: it's more than great films. Some of Melbourne's best restaurants and bars are walking distance from each cinema, making for a whole night out. Fire up the group chat, book your tickets and reserve a table at one of our favourite restaurants below.

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The Plenary (Convention Centre)

Asado Bar and Grill

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

6 Riverside Quay, Southbank

Bistro Guillaume

French dining from renowned chef Guillaume Brahimi.

Shop 7 Crown Complex 8 Whiteman, Southbank
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Gradi Crown

Winner of the best-pizza-in-the-world 2014 is also at Crown.

Shop 25 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
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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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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

Cinema Nova

Pidapipo

A gelataria that serves sweet brioche, has a chocolate tap and does affogato Italian style.

299 Lygon Street, Carlton

Agostino

A modern take on the classic Italian enoteca, a 50-seat wine bar with house-made pasta, hard-to-find wines and waiters clad in head-to-toe white Japanese denim in an iconic heritage-listed building.

297 Lygon Street, Carlton
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Mr Pietro

A warm space filled with southern-Italian hospitality.

50 Grattan Street, Carlton

Tiamo Coffee

An ever popular, family run Italian bistro that dates back to the 70s.

303 Lygon Street, Carlton

D.O.C.

A busy tightly packed pizzeria in Carlton, like something straight out of the boot-shaped country.

295 Drummond Street, Carlton
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Heartattack and Vine

A Lygon Street espresso and cicchetti bar.

329 Lygon Street, Carlton

Capitano

Approachable, unfussy American-Italian food with fine-dining pedigree. A word of warning: this one's a good 10 minutes farther away from Cinema Nova than the other options in this guide.

421 Rathdowne Street, Carlton
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Leonardo’s Pizza Palace

A rollicking good-times pizzeria from the Leonard's House of Love crew.

29 Grattan Street, Carlton

Carlton Wine Room

The pretty Victorian building in the heart of Carlton is a modern eatery with a European-influenced menu and wine list.

172-174 Faraday Street, Carlton
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Capitol Theatre

Pidapipo CBD

A gelataria that serves sweet brioche, has a chocolate tap and does affogato Italian style.

8 Degraves Street, Melbourne

Hana

Cocktails and seafood inspired by a Hawaiian holiday.

212 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Supernormal

Beautifully executed pan-Asian offerings by Andrew McConnell.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Meatmaiden

A bona fide meat dungeon.

The Basement 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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HuTong CBD

Some of the best dumplings you'll have outside of Shanghai.

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Bar Saracen

Try raw Wagyu kofta and cardamom-spiked coffee at this bar/restaurant serving up lesser-known Middle Eastern.

22 Punch Lane, Melbourne

Meyers Place

One of Melbourne's first laneway bars, Meyers Place Bar is a simple space with an intelligent aspect.

7 24 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Madame Brussels

A 'rather fancy terrace and public house'.

Level 3 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne

Butchers Diner

Burgers, steak sandwiches and duck-heart yakitori, 24 hours a day.

10 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Di Stasio Citta

Restaurateur Rinaldo Di Stasio is back in the city with an extraordinary restaurant that blends high art, high drama and high cuisine.

35 Spring Street, Melbourne

Pope Joan

A clubby and convivial space with an all-day, British-leaning brunch menu. And yes, the famous Reuben has survived the move from Brunswick East.

Shop 16 45 Collins Street, Melbourne

Grand Trailer Park Taverna

Top-notch burgers and an indoor trailer park on Bourke Street.

87 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Daughter In Law

A vibrant pan-Indian diner serving naan pizzas, sweet-and-sour fried cauliflower and Tandoori-fired-pineapple cocktails.

37 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Kino Cinemas

Harley House Bar & Grill

Pisco sours and ceviche, just like they're done in Lima.

Basement 71 Collins Street, Melbourne

Magic Mountain Saloon

Punchy Thai food and cocktails to match.

62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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The French Brasserie

French classics served in a beautiful, high-ceilinged room.

2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
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Sensory Lab Collins Street

Coffee in a white box that looks part spaceship and part Wes Anderson movie.

Shop 1 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

Bar Lourinhã

This decade-old Spanish restaurant has the sort of character than can only be accumulated, not bought.

37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Mamasita

Melbourne's first taqueria is still one of the city's best.

Level 1 11 Collins Street, Melbourne

San Telmo

No Argentinean restaurant is complete without a parrilla barbeque. This one is no exception.

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne
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Cumulus Inc.

Just after a snack? Or a full-blown dinner? This elegant Andrew McConnell wine bar does both equally well.

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Boney

A late-night eatery and band room on the old Pony premises.

68 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Lesa

This restaurant eschews the quick, noisy, share-plate format. Slow down with the important people in your life, aided by some of the best food and wine Melbourne has to offer.

Level 1 122 Russell Street, Melbourne

Punch Lane

A Melbourne institution, positioned at the top of Little Bourke Street for more than two decades.

43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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The Forum Theatre

Saluministi

Much more than your average sandwich shop.

388 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Supernormal

Andrew McConnell's mod-Japanese diner, complete with basement karaoke bar.

180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Dukes Coffee Roasters

A socially responsible coffee roaster and cafe.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar

Sample food inspired by Bangkok, Taipei and Shanghai while bathed in neon light.

23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne

The Carlton Club

A sprawling complex crowned by a vibing rooftop bar.

193 Bourke St, Melbourne
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Arbory Bar & Eatery

Espresso martinis on tap. Hello.

Flinders Walk, Melbourne

Garden State Hotel

Your best option if you're rolling with a large group.

101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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Cherry Bar

Music reigns supreme at this dimly-lit dive bar tucked down the iconic ACDC Lane in the city.

103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Gazi

Fun, casual Greek food best shared among big groups.

2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

The George on Collins

An elegant all-day bar and restaurant in an iconic building.

162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Pilgrim

A waterfront bar serving all Australian wine, beer and spirits.

Vaults 15-19 Federation Wharf, Federation Square, Melbourne

Hoyts Melbourne Central

Cookie

A Melbourne classic that's suitable for any occasion.

First Floor, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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La Petite Creperie on Swanston Street

Proper French crepes, served fast.

Corner Swanston and Little Collins Streets, Melbourne

Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

Coffee at 3pm and beer at 6pm. Or the other way around – it's up to you.

28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne

The Moat

The Wheeler Centre's cafe and bar stays open all day.

176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Whitehart

With the help of steel beams and shipping containers, this former carpark is now a banging outdoor bar. Don't worry, there are plenty of heaters during winter.

22 Whitehart Lane, Melbourne

8bit CBD

Burgers with a side of arcade-game nostalgia.

231 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Trattoria Emilia

A North Italian-style trattoria that’s all about making you comfortable.

360 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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Mesa Verde

Climb the stairs to this Mesoamerican bar and eatery.

Level 6, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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Miznon

Eyal Shani’s Israeli pita haven came to Melbourne, via Paris and Vienna.

59 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

Rooftop Bar

One of the best spots in the city for an open-air drink.

Level 7, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Palermo

An Italian-influenced Argentinian spot by the San Telmo and Pastuso team.

401 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
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