Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Melbourne

Food, food, food! That’s what it’s all about. I’ve just returned from my most recent trip to Australia, and I had a great time exploring Melbourne’s famous culinary scene! Below are my recommendations for your stay in Melbourne.

Melbourne Food and Drink - Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne
Melbourne’s graffiti-covered laneways make for great photo ops!

Within the CBD

Restaurants: There are a few favorites, such as Supernormal and Chin Chin. My personal favorite here is Supernormal. Chef Andrew McConnell has quite the following—and for a good reason! From the fresh selections to the delicate flavors of the gyoza, you will leave more than satisfied.

TIP: They do not take reservations unless your party is six or more, but our wait was only 35 minutes, and you can have a seat with a beverage while you drool over the food passing by.

Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne - Supernormal
Supernormal. Image: Visit Victoria

Great cocktails: I recommend 1806. You may walk right past it on the street, so keep a look out for the wooden door. Also, it is fairly small, so do be prepared to be turned away and make a second go at it.

Doughnuts: I recommend Shortstop. I tried several of the doughnuts, but the Earl Grey & Rose was my favorite. Grab a coffee while you’re there, as well!

Casual dining: Want to dine in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways? My favorites are the Postal Lane right by the H&M and Degraves Street. It’s a fantastic experience (even in the cold) with lots of people watching and great food!

Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne - Postal Lane Dining
Postal Lane. Image: Visit Victoria


Hop on the tram and take it about six stops from the CBD, where you will find Marion. This quaint restaurant is also a wine shop, and it delivers on both fronts. You know your meal will be amazing when the complimentary bread and creme fraiche at the beginning knock your socks off!

TIP: While many Melbourne restaurants abide by the no-reservation trend, you can indeed make a reservation here. In fact, it’s a near necessity.

Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne - Marion

Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne - Marion
Marion. Image: Visit Victoria


Departing from the Flinders St Station, Tram 78 will make 15 stops over a short 15 minutes and lead you almost directly to Mr. Miyagi. With a vibrant and fresh vibe, you will no doubt have fun at this restaurant. Worth a try: Tempura Broccoli, Salmon Nori Taco, Shiitake Dumplings, and of course, the Miyagi Fried Chicken. Note a wait time on the chicken of about 45 minutes.

TIP: You may want to make a reservation here, but if you decide to make a spur-of-the-moment visit, don’t be scared by the wait time. We were told 1 hour 15 minutes but only waited 20 minutes before being shown to our table.

Best Bars and Restaurants in Melbourne - Mr. Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi. Image: Visit Victoria

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