48-hour itinerary: Food
Find foodie hotspots in Australia's culinary capital
Start your weekend at a quintessentially Melbourne-style drinking spot: Loop Roof. Decked out with an exotic garden, this laneway rooftop bar is perfect for soaking up the city views over a spritz before dinner.
From there you're not far from a string of top-notch restaurants on and around Flinders Lane. Choose between the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin or Supernormal. Or combine your dinner and drinks experience with old-world glamour at Gimlet on Russell Street.
Rise early if you can to enjoy Queen Victoria Market at its bustling best. Join locals hunting for the best fresh produce in the aisles and queuing for brekky bratwurst and baked goods in the deli hall. Stock up on treats to take home, grab a brew from Market Lane Coffee and perch outside to enjoy the theatre of it all. Pick up culinary know-how in bound form at specialist store Books for Cooks.
Satisfy your lunchtime cravings at one of Melbourne's famous eat streets. Refuel at the Vietnamese eateries on Victoria Street, Richmond. Get a taste of la dolce vita along Italian-influenced Lygon Street, Carlton. Or find a seat for mouthwatering flavour in Chinatown, along Little Bourke Street.
Wander to Fitzroy and Collingwood to discover the inner north's epicentre of noteworthy dining. Graze on a lunch of bush tucker elevated to fine dining at Charcoal Lane.
Work it off spotting creative items in the boutiques and galleries on Smith and Gertrude Streets or with an amble through nearby Carlton Gardens.
Stay in the culinary capital of the north for dinner tonight. Sit back and savour a degustation menu at Cutler & Co., IDES or intimate Gaea. Top it all off with an exquisitely mixed cocktail from award-winning bartenders at The Everleigh or Black Pearl, or head upstairs for a brew with a view at Naked Upstairs.
Ease into Sunday morning with next-level coffee and delicious brunch at Proud Mary. Make time for browsing artisanal grocery goodies at Gertrude Street's Morning Market, and hop on the 86 tram to pick up cheese and gelato at Spring Street Grocer back in the city.
Make your way over to Federation Square to explore the Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art at the Ian Potter Centre, or stretch your legs with a meander along the Yarra River.
Stop for coffee and snacks at places you discover along the way – perhaps a drink and a bite at Arbory or Ponyfish Island – but leave room for dinner.
End your weekend of culinary adventuring with a memorable dining experience. Book well ahead for celebrated Vue de Monde and Attica, or for a spot at Crown's Rosetta or The Atlantic.
Wherever you end up, linger over a delicious meal while you plan your return trip. (So many menus, so little time…)
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