Step through the grand red gates of Melbourne's Chinatown and enter a whole new world of Asian cuisine, karaoke, cocktail bars and fashion boutiques.
Explore the strip of nineteenth century buildings between Swanston and Spring streets on Little Bourke Street – Australia's oldest Chinatown.
Dumplings and chilli kicks
Fill your belly in the renowned Asian restaurants Shark Fin and Westlake, where yum cha is the word for lunch, or try the fabulous Flower Drum for Cantonese fine dining. Sample the city's best dumplings at HuTong Dumpling Bar, Shandong Mama, China Red or Shanghai Street.
Bright lights, big nights
Choose the perfect spot for dinner, then follow the lanterns and neon lights down a laneway or up a flight of stairs for cocktail sorcery at New Gold Mountain, Union Electric or Juliet. Kick on with late-night karaoke at Heroes.
Visit the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place and learn the story of Chinese Australia. Take a guided walk through Little Bourke Street's buildings and lanes to uncover more of Melbourne's hidden history.
Join the fun at yearly Chinatown festivals. Don't miss the Asian Food Festival in spring and traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.