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Cheap eats

You don't need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. Cheap eats have long been part of the city's dining scene and there are plenty of places to treat your tastebuds without stretching the credit.

Discover the local favourites keeping students and cheap dates alive.

For cheap and tasty Asian food, try restaurants and supermarkets on Victoria Street, Richmond. Go west for affordable pho, budget-friendly African food and great produce in Footscray.

Choose a cheap eatery on Little Bourke Street, Chinatown, or scout surrounding Russell, Swanston and Bourke streets for student haunts dishing up Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese and more.

Sniff out affordable lunch specials at Melbourne's top restaurants or pull up a bar stool for pub grub deals. Further out, tuck into excellent yum cha and other affordable Chinese feasts in Box Hill.

Feast for next to nothing with a trip to the deli halls of Melbourne's favourite produce markets. Join the locals queuing for kranskys at Queen Victoria Market and dim sims at South Melbourne Market, or get budget bites from food trucks at a hipster hangout near you.

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Banoi

Settle into Banoi for a dose of modern Vietnamese street stall goodness. Classic flavours and sleek fitout, it's no wonder the locals are loving it.

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Supper Inn

Soak up the bustling atmosphere of late night dining in Chinatown and tuck into a tasty Cantonese menu, featuring favourites like suckling pig.

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Paco's Tacos

Pay just a few pesos and take your pick from a razzle dazzle line up of soft shell tacos or delish bar snacks from the hombres who brought you MoVida.

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Trunk Diner

The first bite of Trunk Diner's cheeseburger-and-apple-pie goodness brings back memories of diners from across the USA, right here in Melbourne.

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Shandong Mama

Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this unpretentious family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from eastern China's Shandong province.

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Wonderbao

Bow to the bao for many reasons, including the taste sensation enveloped in a soft steamed bun, the cheap prices, speedy service, and super soymilk.

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I Love Pho 264

You're not really supposed to eat pho beyond breakfast o'clock, but the aromatic broth fits the bill just as well at lunch and dinner, too.

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Rockwell and Sons

Visit an upmarket diner that matches fine dining with the best of American fast food goodness. Book ahead for the weekly fried chicken dinner.

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Jimmy Grants

George Calomabaris pays homage to his heritage at his licensed souvlaki bar with souvas, salads and snacks punters can eat in, in style, or take away.

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La Tortilleria

Bring your amigos to share platters of tacos, chilaquiles, quesadillas and tostadas, and taste the most authentic tortillas in town. ¡Buen provecho!

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Huxtaburger

If you reckon less is more in the burger kingdom, look no further than Huxtaburger, where five tasty burgers, crinkle cut chips and cans of beer rule.

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Naked for Satan

Fill a plate with pintxos (tapas-style morsels), order a house-infused vodka cocktail and tally your toothpicks at the end of the night for the bill.

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Colonel Tan's

Arrange an introduction to Revolver's Colonel Tan and experience the combination of US diner charm, zinging Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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Radio Mexico

Turn up your radio, 'cause you're gonna like what you're about to hear. Fresh. Healthy. Tasty. Democratic. Goes great with beer. It's Radio Mexico!

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Tokyo Tina

Check out Hanoi Hannah's youngest sibling for contemporary Japanese cuisine with added Korean flavour and a whole host of accompanying tipples.

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Acland Street Cantina

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Fonda Windsor

Start your evening upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy reimagined Mexican faves while you watch Chapel Street go by from behind the picket fence.

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Dainty Sichuan

Search high and low for a hotspot (or hotpot) fierier than Dainty Sichuan, a two-level, sweetly decorated space serving a menu of 60-plus specialties.

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