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.
Workshop Brothers CBD
Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.
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.
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.
Souk Opens in the CBD
A new restaurant and bar in the city focuses on Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary attitude.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
Five to Try: Sydney Cafes for Freelancing
Hana Arrives in the CBD
Cocktails and seafood inspired by a Hawaiian holiday, from the team behind Meatball and Wine Bar.
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.
The young roastery now has a permanent outpost in the CBD.
A tiny coffee shop below Seamstress.
A cheap, cheerful, kitsch cafe.
Redefining the foccacia at Fugazza.
A hole-in-the-wall coffee nook in the city.
Melbourne’s Best Kid-Friendly Cafes
Best Melbourne cafes for a successful outing with small people.
Seven To Try: Melbourne Cafes For Working Solo
First Look: 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.
Shangri-La to Join CBD Skyline
A 64-storey, twin-tower development approved on the edge of Carlton Gardens.
A New Israeli Cafe for the CBD
A new menu and concept for a New York City-inspired spot on Hardware Street.
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.
A petit Flinders Lane espresso bar from two old hands.
The Sydney roasters’ flagship cafe in Melbourne.