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.
The Organic Food and Wine Deli CBD
An ethical and organic haven among the skyscrapers.
Restaurants of Australia
It’s a question eaters have been grappling with for some time. Is it the [smashed avos](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/food-and-drink/smashed-avocado-generation) and flat whites that so many of us preface our weekends with? Is it the leftover spag bol we hurriedly eat at our desks during “lunch hour”? Is it the [wild food stuffs and eons-old traditions](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/series/guide-native-food) of the country’s first people: a wonderland of ancient cuisines and cultures that varies around the country like footy team allegiances? Or is it ethnic food flavours that piggy-backed to Australia on migrant shoulders? The edible keepsakes of [England](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/brisbane/west-end/restaurants/london-fields), [Italy](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/norwood/restaurants/nonna-and-i), [Greece](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/restaurants/apollo), [Thailand](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/perth/cbd/restaurants/long-chim), [India](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/food-and-drink/indu-opens), [Africa](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/cbd/restaurants/africola) and more, besides? Is it the things we [grill on hotplates in backyards](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/backyard-barbeque-sunshine-west) that are as much about feeding our stomachs as it is bringing people together? And what of the things we pick up in drive-through windows, between the train and the office, and [after the pub to soften the blow of the morning-after](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/perth/food-and-drink/article/fremantle-gets-new-late-night-food-option)? Maybe it’s the things we buy at farmers markets, specialty butchers and fishmongers. But it could just as easily be the plants that we grow in our backyards, too. The answer, of course, is all of the above, and much, much, more. While Planet Food is a wide, deeply complex world, much of Australia’s brain power seems, right now, to be focused on this country’s restaurants. With this in mind, *Broadsheet* decided it was high-time we began taking a closer look at the restaurants that make up Australia’s wonderfully diverse food scene. Will we arrive at an absolute definition of Australian cuisine? Probably not. But at the very least, we'll get a lot closer to understanding who's shaping our culinary landscape, how exactly they're doing it and where we might be headed.
The Restaurants for Every Celebration
We all have our favourite venues, but how suitable are they for the occasion? In partnership with the Bank of Melbourne and its #socialfeeds competition, we highlight some of the key places around town guaranteed to shine in the moment.
Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar
Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.
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.
Souk Opens in the CBD
A new restaurant and bar in the city focuses on Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary attitude.
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.
Domain Road Restaurants: “We’re Open for Business”
News that the South Yarra thoroughfare is closed for the next five years isn’t quite right, and restaurateurs want diners to know it.
What’s Open Over Summer: Restaurants and Bars
Eat and drink your way through the silly season and the sunny weeks that follow.
Hana Arrives in the CBD
Cocktails and seafood inspired by a Hawaiian holiday, from the team behind Meatball and Wine Bar.
10 Best Restaurants in Melbourne for Cocktails
Salted-caramel Negroni? Here's the 10 best restaurants for pairing cocktails and dinner.
Four to Try: Melbourne’s Best New Restaurants
Ambitious, beautiful new venues by some of the biggest names in food right now.
Six to Try: Melbourne’s New Restaurants
From Thai street food to Algerian home cooking, the city’s new restaurants are full of soul.
Hella Good Souvlaki Opens in the CBD
The family that built Stalactites opens a tiny takeaway spot on Elizabeth Street.
Restaurants of Australia: Africola
Adelaide meets Africa to create a singular restaurant unlike anything seen before … on any continent.
Restaurants of Australia: Millbrook
A grow-it-yourself winery restaurant leading the way with accessible, seasonal, plant-based dining.
Burgers, steak sandwiches and duck-heart yakitori, 24 hours a day.
Eyal Shani’s Israeli pita haven came to Melbourne, via Paris and Vienna.