The self-proclaimed queen of rice paper rolls in Sydney and Melbourne.
Some of the best dumplings you'll have outside of Shanghai.
5:30pm - 10:30pm
The brand's flagship in the CBD.
Beechworth Honey CBD
A city store, 140 years in the making.
Workshop Brothers CBD
Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.
Arcade-game-themed burgers geared for takeaway.
Andrew’s Burgers CBD
A second outpost from this slinger of traditional Aussie burgers, no brioche buns in sight.
Rustica Canteen CBD
A no-fuss dining hall where sandwiches are the main attraction.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
An ethical and organic haven among the skyscrapers.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
Best Cocktail Bars in the CBD
Sometimes, beer and wine just don't cut it. In those times, you need cocktails. Be it a well-made Negroni, or a complex, multi-layered sipper, Melbourne has a wealth of places to partake. These are our favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wear waistcoats. But without fail, they all know their spirits.
A laneway bar with unique liqueurs and classic Italian bites. Come for the spritz; stay for the cicchetti.
Eyal Shani’s Israeli pita haven came to Melbourne, via Paris and Vienna.
Burgers, steak sandwiches and duck-heart yakitori, 24 hours a day.
A bar dedicated to the agave-based spirit, with more than 60 varieties.
An Italian-influenced Argentinian spot by the San Telmo and Pastuso team.
Backed by more than three decades of knowhow.
Australia’s first eSports bar.
Caviar, crab crumpets and dry-aged duck at a New York-style supper club.
A vegan cafe serving burgers, desserts, smoothies and fries.
The Practical Man
This Melbourne concept store asks men to think about what they wear when they sweat, as well as out to breakfast.
Twenty-hour filter coffee served at a New York pace.
Clean-eating smoothies, salads and fruit bowls in Katherine Place’s mini food district.
Affordable, quality basics in a spectrum of colours.
Beautifully executed pan-Asian offerings by Andrew McConnell.
Tipo 00 has an offering too good to refuse: carb-loaded, butter-drenched pasta.
A bona fide meat dungeon.
5:00pm - 12:00am
A plush paradise for women, where you can sip martinis while you get your nails done.
The Grain Store
Breathing culinary life into the business end of Flinders Lane.
6:00pm - 9:30pm
The award-winning cocktail crew from 1806 bring their skill and flair to The Understudy, and get a little experimental.
A modern slice of Burmese cuisine on Little Collins Street by the team behind Red Spice Road.
6:00pm - 12:00am
The young roastery now has a permanent outpost in the CBD.
A cocktail connoisseur’s dream.
A tiny coffee shop below Seamstress.
An Italian bistro on Little Collins Street with a retro vibe.
Pieces of Eight
A magical, contemporary jewellery wonderland.
A stock list that reads like Kate Moss' black book.
A cheap, cheerful, kitsch cafe.
Redefining the foccacia at Fugazza.
The Bottom End
A clever pub, disco and diner hybrid from the man behind legendary nightclub Honkytonks.
The chic space for palates that crave Asian hawker-style food.
5:30pm - 11:30pm
A gallery-like display of Australian and New Zealand contemporary jewellery and craft.
A long, narrow, cement and wood underground Japanese-inspired bar.
5:30pm - 12:00am
Captains of Industry
The mix of retail and hospitality is perfect for those whose lifestyle is all about lifestyle.
A great enthusiastic bar with a total lack of pretension.