Spanish cuisine will probably never become as integral to Melbourne as Greek and Italian food. There’s simply not enough Spaniards here.

But in lieu of massive post-war immigration, we have something else: a steady trickle of Melburnians visiting Spain, falling in love with the place and choosing to bring something of it back here. Add in a few native-born chefs who’ve decided to call Melbourne home (Frank Camorra, most notably) and there’s no lack of restaurants to get your fix of paella, jamon, croquettas, sangria and all the other hallmarks of Iberian food.

Añada

Classic Spanish food mixed with Andalucian and Muslim Mediterranean influences.

197 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Bomba

Finish your tapas or paella then head up to the roof for Negronis on tap.

103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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MoVida

The Spanish restaurant that started it all.

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne

MoVida Aqui

It's more casual than its big brother, but the food's just as exciting.

Level 1 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne

MoVida Next Door

Movida's baby sister – and a good spot for a more low-key bite.

164 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Lona Pintxos Bar

Dinner one toothpick at a time.

64-66 Acland Street, St Kilda
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Las Tapas

There’s only one rule at this Spanish eatery: no cutting corners.

100 Chapel Street, St Kilda
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Nomada Food & Wine

The Spanish influence may be slight here, but it's too delicious a place to leave out.

412 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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Bar Lourinhã

Character like this can't be bought, only accumulated.

37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
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