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Are you a cone or cup person? Decide at Spring Street Grocer's can't-walk-past gelati bar where fresh fruit is turned into frozen magic. Swan into the grand dining room at Hotel Windsor for traditional afternoon tea then head down Bourke Street and upstairs to caravan-themed Grand Trailer Park Taverna where indulgent burgers lead onto oversized waffles, cakes and brownies. Move onto the gleaming Koko Black salon for made-in-Melbourne chocolate artistry. Dessert-focused Om Nom serves spectacular sweet fantasies; consider a dessert degustation. Runya's Room and Hopetoun Tea Rooms both serve elegant high teas; Hopetoun is in the gorgeous Block Arcade and often has queues. Just as lovely is Royal Arcade, which conceals tiny Agathé Pâtisserie Petite, an outpost of the South Melbourne Market bakery. Finish off with a bang at laneway Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelateria for an instantly frozen and possibly interactive dessert. 3km
Raise a pinky to founder Lady Hopetoun and enjoy three-tiered old-fashioned elegance for breakfast, lunch and high tea at these charming tea rooms.
Venture into a world of gourmet groceries and fresh, organic produce along with a fancy made-to-order sandwich bar and an underground cheese cellar.
Be wowed by the saturation of colour, retro design and lashings of big flavour at this East-Coast inspired burger-and-bar diner.
Take your indulgent day out shopping to the next level with a visit to this '70s lounge inspired champagne bar and high tea salon in St Collins Lane.
Built in 1883, The Hotel Windsor has a history deeply etched into the fabric of Melbourne's culture and is known as Australia's grand hotel. The...
Get your just desserts and then some at this decadent, dedicated dessert restaurant putting extraordinary artistry into sweet treats at the Adelphi.
To boldly queue for early morning croissants is part of the Lune experience, so set your alarm early to enter the space themed bakery for its...
Poke your head around the stairwell and behold the flaky, buttery bounty of this minuscule French patisserie located in Royal Arcade.
Dine out in Melbourne's little Vietnam, a bustling strip that also appeals for Thai, Japanese and Chinese eats. Top it off with a local craft brew.
Chapel Street takes in four suburbs over six kilometres. Known for its fashion, it's also an eating and food-shopping strip worth a hungry ramble.
To walk these Fitzroy and Collingwood eat streets is to see Melbourne in all its edible glory: fun, creative, resourceful, delicious and hospitable.
Bedtime is anytime in Melbourne. Take an after-midnight stroll to night-owl restaurants and bars that see moonlight as a green light.
Coffee, croissant, coffee, cake, repeat: caffeination is interspersed with baked beauties on a trail that covers Fitzroy classics and hip new players.
This seaside promenade shows off St Kilda's delights – beachfront dining, arty Italian - before heading to cafe-dotted Carlisle Street, Balaclava.
Carlton's Italian heart means coffee, pizza, pasta and wine loom large and lovely, along with Thai detours, a cheese fix and restorative bookstore browse.
From local single malts to obscure internationals, whisky cocktails and whisky matched with food, Melbourne pours it, shakes it, cooks it, nails it.
Many of Melbourne's treasures are hidden in basements, down alleys, on rooftops or behind secret doors. Unlock some mysteries with this insider wander.
Discover where chefs like to eat when they're not in their own kitchens. Check out Ben Shrewry, Andrew McConnell, Jerry Mai and Matthew Bax's picks.
Get the gist of the city in a short, tasty stroll that takes in the Yarra River, cafe culture, delicious dumplings and restaurant-lined laneways.
Get a taste for Melbourne's serious coffee culture with a perfect brew or take-home beans from favourite local coffee roasters and cafes.
You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit at one of many affordable restaurants.
Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, by the stage at live music venues or on the whirligigs at Luna Park.
Follow the aromas of freshly extracted single origin coffee beans down cobblestoned laneways and into laid-back coffee strips for that caffeine buzz.