You’ve cleaned up the mess (how does wrapping paper always get everywhere?) and now it’s time to decide what to do with another day off.

You could see a movie (but that’s probably what everyone else is thinking), or maybe shopping the sales could be a good option; beware that both are very stress-inducing.

We think the correct play here is to seek out one of the spots on this guide (definitely call ahead to see if they have any room), and settle in for a nice, long, leisurely lunch or dinner. Let someone else handle the cooking today – you can always have those Christmas leftovers tomorrow.

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Atticus Finch

Open from 5pm–11pm.

129 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

The Espy

Open from 12pm–1am. 15 per cent surcharge.

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Book a Table

Piccolo Grand

Open from 12pm–12am.

331 Burnley, Richmond
Book a Table

The Local Taphouse

Open from 12pm–12am. 10 per cent surcharge.

184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East

Neptune Food & Wine

Open from 4pm–1am. 15 per cent surcharge.

212 High Street, Windsor
Book a Table

Tokyo Tina

Open from 12pm–11pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

66A-B Chapel Street, Windsor
Book a Table

Hanoi Hannah Vol. II

Open from 12pm–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
Book a Table

Builders Arms Hotel

Open from 12pm–11pm.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Book a Table

Hanoi Hannah New Quarter

Open from 12pm-11pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

79 Swan Street, Richmond

Gabriel

Open from 8am–4pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Stomping Ground Brewing Co.

Open from 11.30am–12am. 15 per cent surcharge.

100 Gipps Street, Collingwood

Radio Mexico

Open from 4pm–12am. 10 per cent surcharge.

11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Dr Morse

Open from 7am–11pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
Book a Table

Bodriggy Brewing Co

Open from 11:30am–1pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

245 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
Book a Table

Sir Duke

Open from 8am–10pm. 15 per cent surcharge.

99 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds
Book a Table

Molly Rose

Open from 12pm–1pm.

279 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Ned’s Bake

Open from 7am–6pm.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Fitzrovia

Open from 8am–3pm.

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Book a Table

Top Paddock

Open from 8am–4pm.

658 Church Street, Richmond
Book a Table

The Boatbuilders Yard

Open from 8am–10pm. 10 per cent surcharge.

23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
Book a Table

The Kettle Black

Open from 8am–4pm.

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
Book a Table

Riverland

Open from 11am–10.30pm. 10 per cent surcharge

1-9 Federation Wharf (under Princes Bridge), Melbourne
Book a Table

Bambu Asian Eating House

Open from 10am–10pm.

92 116 Cecil Street, South Melbourne
Book a Table

Darling Cafe

Open from 8am–4pm.

2 Darling Road, South Yarra
Book a Table

Higher Ground

Open from 8am–4pm.

650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Book a Table

Auction Rooms

Open from 7am–5pm. 18 per cent surcharge.

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Tim Ho Wan

Open from 10am–10pm.

206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Albion

Open from 12pm–11pm.

172 York Street, South Melbourne

Butchers Diner

Open 24/7. 15 per cent surcharge.

10 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Kenny Lover

Open from 1pm–10pm.

796 High Street, Thornbury

City Wine Shop

Open from 11.30am–10pm, 15 per cent surcharge.

159 Spring Street, Melbourne
Book a Table

Prince Dining Room

Open from 7am–late. 10 per cent surcharge.

2 Acland Street, St Kilda
Book a Table

The B.East

Open from 12pm–1am.

80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East