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Laneway dining

Want to dine like a local? Turn off the main streets and into Melbourne's laneways. In unassuming spaces, tucked away upstairs, downstairs, and behind unmarked doors and bustling queues, you'll find some of Melbourne's favourite eateries. Explore the city's labyrinth and you'll discover high-end dining, late night bites, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and plenty of bars and cafes in between.

From Flinders Lane

Flinders Lane is a perfect place to start. Home to its own culinary heroes – Chin Chin, Supernormal, Cumulus Inc. and Coda – its arteries offer even more. Try high-end Indian inspiration at Tonka in Duckboard Place, pan-Asian flavours with punch at Lucy Liu in Oliver Lane, Peruvian that rocks at ACDC Lane's Pastuso and Frank Comorra's famous tapas at Hosier Lane's Movida. 

From Bourke Street

Off Bourke Street, laneways Meyers Place, Crossley Street, Market Lane, Corrs Lane and Russell Place serve up nonna-made pasta, mama-made dumplings and a world of fine dining delights.

Pellegrini's is a time-honoured dining signpost for Crossley Street, where Becco and Gingerboy get fancy. In Market Lane, HuTong Dumpling House has xiao long bao worth queueing for – book well ahead. In Meyers Place, San Telmo will melt the heart of meat lovers.

Trawl Chinatown's Little Bourke Street and its laneways for seemingly endless choices. Celestial Avenue's stalwart Supper Inn has been keeping night owls in noodle supply for decades.

But don't stop here. There are hidden treasures in tiny laneways across the city. Just turn the corner and explore.

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Coda

From Movida's Mykal Batholomew and Longrain chef, Adam D'Sylva, this hatted eatery ticks all the right boxes without taking itself too seriously.

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Ezard

Chef Teage Ezard combines the East and the West with verve and creativity, making this two hatted restaurant a must try for any visiting gourmand.

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Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.

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Cecconi's Cantina

Push the boat out with a modern Italian feast at Cecconi's, purveyors of style and service and winners of a hat in The Age Good Food Guide.

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Fonda Flinders Lane

Take your tastebuds to Mexico at Fonda Mexican, where their signature burritos, tacos and antojitos keep diners coming back for a flavour fiesta.

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Chin Chin

Think carefully about the friends you'll take to Chin Chin, as you'll be settling in and sharing plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus plentiful wine.

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Tonka

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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Lucy Liu

Give your tastebuds a flying kickstart with this pan-Asian culinary angel from chef Michael Lambie and the MAde Establishment. It's all action at this neon-lit laneway kitchen and bar.

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MoVida

Assembling the menu for Melbourne's favourite date restaurant, MoVida chef Frank Camorra scoured Spain for the finest bite-size comestibles.

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MoVida Next Door

Fortify yourself for a cultural night out in Melbourne town with Spanish wine and rustically decadent bar snacks from MoVida's savvy little sister.

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Pastuso

Pay homage to Paddington's heritage and taste Peruvian flavours from the Andes and the Amazon at this Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar.

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HuTong Dumpling House

Linger long enough at HuTong to give your scalding xiao long bao meat and soup dumplings time to cool, scoffing the rest of the menu while you wait.

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Pellegrini's

Do your bit to ensure Pellegrini's gets to its centenary as it's a known fact Melbourne would be poorer without its charm and comforting Italian food.

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Becco

Enjoy an evening of understated Italian elegance at this hatted restaurant on Crossley Street. Delight in the beef carpaccio or almond praline gelato.

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Gingerboy

Modelled on the street kitchens of South-East Asia, Teage Ezard's hip restaurant is less rustic authenticity and more opulent interpretation.

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Shoya

It's worth learning the Japanese for 'throw another shrimp on the barbie' because you'll want more from the BBQ before belting out a karaoke classic.

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Sarti

Awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide for nine consecutive years, Sarti is continuing its winning ways with Paolo Masciopinto at the helm.

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Portello Rosso

Think big and order the excellent seafood paella or the variety of tapas that's hiding behind a red doorway in one of Melbourne's much-loved laneways.

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Rosa's Kitchen

It's all about homely Sicilian fare at Rosa's Kitchen. Tuck into the antipasti and pasta with ingredients from chef Rosa Mitchell's Yandoit farm.

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The Deanery

Share in the secret of The Deanery, with its understated, cool, sophisticated vibe, fulfilling food, and wines so good they need to be caged.

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