"Find out the best of Melbourne Restaurants and taste the best coffee in Australia!"
Melbourne has arguably the best restaurants in Australia. They are cheaper than those in Sydney and tend to have a better reputation.
The coffee culture here in Melbourne is also second to none. What can look like a whole in the wall can actually serve you the best cup of coffee ever!
The Best Melbourne Restaurants
Here are my favourite restaurants.
Little Bourke street is home to Melbourne’s China Town and there are a myriad of little lanes and alleys of here that do some great food.
Try 27-29 Crossley Street (book in advance) On the corner here is a great Italian deli/café and worth popping in to people watch and grab a coffee.
Nobu Part of the Crown Hotel complex, this melbourne restaurant gives its London and New York equivalent a run for its money. A great Japanese restaurant with a very modern and Japanese feel.
Rockpool 8 Whiteman Street, South Bank. This one is not cheap but it is probably one of the best. So successful they have recently opened in Sydney. This is the place to come for great meat dishes.
Taxi Dining Federation square. This is a great one to enjoy the views and feel you are right amongst the action. The food is great and the views over the Yarra River and Federation square are awesome. I recommend this as being one of the best Melbourne Restaurants
Movida Hoisery Lane is not far from Federation square and is a great Spanish restaurants. The Paella is particularly good.
The Docklands (New Quay Promenade) offers lots of restaurant choices with lovely water views. Try Mecca Bah for some great Moroccan dishes.
Lygon Street runs from the city up to the suburb of Carlton and is known as “little Italy” This is a great area for finding melbourne restaurants. The further up towards Carton you get, the more authentic the cuisine (near Elgin Street)
Try D.O.C for authentic pizza 295 Drummond Street, Carlton) or
Brunetti on Faraday street for a broader range.
For a total splash out try Pearl Restaurant - 631/633 Church StRichmond VIC 3121, +61 3 9421 4599. Amazing and very innovative food. A treat on the melbourne restaurants circuit.
Melbourne's Coffee Culture
Whilst the restaurants in Melbourne are renowned throughout Australia, it is perhaps Melbourne's love affair with coffee that is the most well known. it all started in the 1960's and it hasn't stopped since. Today you can find an array of coffee shops that offer the best cups of coffee in Australia.
A Barista is the official name for the person who prepares and serves your coffee. It is such an art form here in Australia that there are regular championships for the best Barista. The best can make patterns on the top of your milk by pouring the milk out in a certain way - amazing! It's called Latte Art.
Here are a few places to try but the best idea is to lose yourself in the Melbourne lanes where you are bound to find a hole in the wall serving fantastic coffee.
Pellegrini's 66 Bourke Street. This is quite frankly a Melbourne Institution. It's been here for years and serves a fantastic cup.
65 Degrees 309 Exhibition street. This is the home of the world Latte art champion Barista. The coffee here is exceptional
Postal Hall 116 Russell Street. Fast becoming known for its panninis as well as its coffee, this is another great venue.
Marios Cafe 303 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. This is a great cafe that the locals love. Worth venturing out of the city for.
Elizabeth Street Espresso Bar. St Kilda. This is a hole in the wall offering over 13 different coffee experiences - worth looking out for if you visit St Kilda.
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