Best CBD Burgers
The humble hamburger has seen a great renaissance over the past couple of years – not that it ever went away. The new wave of burgers are a breed apart from their mass-produced forebears – organic, free-range patties, golden brioche buns, house-made pickles and flavour to spare. One constant is these delicious meals can be held in your two hands. Do you want fries with that? Of course you do.
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.
The self-proclaimed queen of rice paper rolls in Sydney and Melbourne.
Beechworth Honey CBD
A city store, 140 years in the making.
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.
Arcade-game-themed burgers geared for takeaway.
Workshop Brothers CBD
Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.
What’s Open Over Summer: Cafes
These guys aren’t going on holiday so you can make the most of yours.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
An ethical and organic haven among the skyscrapers.
Five to Try: Melbourne’s Best New Cafes
From a sleek bakery in South Yarra to a 1950s deli-inspired spot in Ascot Vale, here are some places to try this weekend.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
Souk Opens in the CBD
A new restaurant and bar in the city focuses on Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary attitude.
Jackalope to Open Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD
A dramatic urban sequel to the luxury Mornington Peninsula location is coming to Flinders Lane, with a forested foyer and a cloud-like rooftop bar.
Five to Try: Sydney Cafes for Freelancing
Longsong Opens in the CBD
David Moyle’s long-awaited, atmospheric new venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.
Saxe Opens in the CBD
Chef Joe Grbac has opened his first solo venture – a two-storey restaurant that’s refreshingly old school – in Melbourne’s legal district.
Hana Arrives in the CBD
Cocktails and seafood inspired by a Hawaiian holiday, from the team behind Meatball and Wine Bar.
Hella Good Souvlaki Opens in the CBD
The family that built Stalactites opens a tiny takeaway spot on Elizabeth Street.
Seven To Try: Melbourne Cafes For Working Solo
A vegan cafe serving burgers, desserts, smoothies and fries.
Twenty-hour filter coffee served at a New York pace.
Clean-eating smoothies, salads and fruit bowls in Katherine Place’s mini food district.
The Grain Store
Breathing culinary life into the business end of Flinders Lane.
6:00pm - 9:30pm
The young roastery now has a permanent outpost in the CBD.
A tiny coffee shop below Seamstress.
A cheap, cheerful, kitsch cafe.
10:00am - 11:00pm
Redefining the foccacia at Fugazza.
A hole-in-the-wall coffee nook in the city.
A tiny, light-filled space with a touch of Miami Vice from the founders of Pillar of Salt, Touchwood and Barry.
A hip-hop themed, soul-food sandwich shop.
A small laneway cafe where work from aspiring artists adorns the walls.