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Eating & drinking in Melbournemelbourne cafes

Melbourne with its multicultural population offers a sensational variety of food and drinks.
Your choices range from world class restaurants to $5.- curries in Indian takeaways.
Some of the most popular areas to eat include the lanes in the Melbourne city centre (pictured above), Chinatown for Asian food, Lygon Street for Italian food, and some of the special themed eating choices shown below.
Here are some suggestions on where to eat and drink in Melbourne, tell us if you discover a good place!

Eat while you cruise

© Melbourne River Cruises

A very memorable way to have your (six-course) dinner is aboard the The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant. See the city full of colors and lights while you enjoy international dishes and fine Australian wines. More info....

Eat on the tram (in style)

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Photo by Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Combine eating and sight seeing! Sit back and relax and watch the streets of Melbourne go by as you enjoy dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Drink the very best of Australian wines and enjoy fine cuisine whilst traveling around Melbourne city in a converted 1927 tram. A great way to enjoy fine food and take a sightseeing tour of the Victorian capital at the same time. More info...
You can also combine a cruise on the Yarra river with a dinner aboard a tram, more info...

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

If you happen to be in Melbourne at the right time (last two weeks in March) there's lots of Eating & drinking to be done at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Melbourne Observation Deck

View from the top
© Melbourne Observation Deck

Have your dinner at 232 metres high! The Rialto Towers in Melbourne is the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere and gives you an awesome 360 degree view of Melbourne. The deck also has a licenced bar and restaurant for lunch and dinner. More info...

Your guide to the best eats in Melbourne

Out to Eat Melbourne is for everyone seeking Melbourne's very best places to eat - not the easiest of tasks in a city with more than 2500 listings under 'restaurants' in its Yellow Pages. Out to Eat helps you narrow down the myriad of options and make the best decision about where to spend your money. Features includes: more than 400 restaurants, cafés and bars; covers the full spectrum - from top end to bargains; reviews organised by neighbourhood; each restaurant rated for its vegetarian options; extensive indexes - from fireside dinners to smoke-free dining; and easy-to-use maps showing restaurants, transport routes and parking areas.


Dining in darkness

We have just been informed that this business has closed and a more conventional normal cafe is now run on the same premises, but for the sake of its entertainment value we'll keep this info up.

Diners enjoying their meal at 'The Dark Side of 604' in Melbourne

Dining in the dark started in Zurich in 1999 and has spread to Germany, France, the US and now Australia. Because you temporarily lose one sense, your eyesight, it enhances your taste and smell senses. The choosing and ordering happens in the illuminated foyer and you are then led into the eating area by a waiter wearing infra-red goggles. Mobile phones, smoking, torches, matches, cigarette lighters and luminous watches are banned. People that need a toilet are escorted by a waiter to another part of the building which is lit.

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Choice of entrees

A scrumptious mains

Mouthwatering desserts



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