Melbourne Guide

Don't stop now - Your exploration of Melbourne doesn’t end here.

In a bid to help you get straight to the good stuff we have listed a few of our favourites below.

Dining (cheap)

Eat a lot, but don’t pay a lot

  • The Borek Shop (Shop 95 Queen Vic market Deli Hall) the most popular stall at the market.
  • Don Don (198 Little Lonsdale St) popular student café for cheap, quick Japanese.
  • Sushi Monger (Causeway) where $5.5 will get you two hand rolls and miso.
  • Dumplings? Shandong MaMa Mini (Shop 5, Centre Pl).
  • Heartbreaker Bun Mee (Scott Alley) or
  • Little Ramen Bar (346 Little Bourke St).
  • Mamak (366 Lonsdale St BYO wine) house-made roti prepared as you wait.

Burgers?

Dining (classic)

Melbourne dining royalty:

Bars

Hit up google for: Union Electric (gin), Angel Music BarDouble Happiness, Meyers Place BarWhisky & Alement (all 5 would make a serious night out).

Wine Bars

The Eastern end of Bourke Street won’t let you down with a great range of bars for every taste. For example:

Elsewhere in town, check out EmblaKirks Wine BarNeapoli, and Syracuse in an old Bank with an award-winning wine list.

Coffee!

You could spend a week exploring Melbourne’s coffee scene. (we’d recommend it)  But here are a few suggestions to give you a good range of traditional and cutting edge coffee, Melbourne style:

Specialty Coffee 

  • Brother Baba Budan (359 Little Bourke St)  Seven Seeds Coffee first cafe
    with and the tiny Traveller (2/14 Crossley) being one of their latest
  • Cup Of Truth (Campbell Arcade)
  • Patricia (Little William Street)
  • Sbriga (3/280 King St)
  • Dukes at Ross House (247 Flinders Lane)
  • Market Lane Coffee (8 Collins Street) & Cathedral ArcadeCafes with character
  • Captains of Industry (1/2 Somerset Place) café & gentleman’s outfitters
  • Pellegrini’s (66 Bourke St)
  • Barbarella (Block Place)

Breakfast

Here are some tips for a memorable breakfast:

  • New York style deli Bowery to Williamsburg (16 Oliver Lane) or
  • The European (161 Spring St) for something more classic.
  • Cumulus Inc (45 Flinders Lane) and Higher Ground (650 Lt Bourke) have your fancy breaky needs covered.
  • Heading to the Queen Victoria Market? Look for Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie (507 Elizabeth Street) also great for lunch, Operator 25 (25 Wills Street) coffee and brunch.
  • Or cruise Centre Place and Degraves Street to see what catches your eye.

Sweet Tooth?

Make a beeline to

  • La Belle Miette (30 Hardware Lane, or 8 Collins St) for the best macarons,
  • Pidapipo Gelateria (9 Degraves St)
  • Koko Black & Agathe Patisserie Petite (Royal Arcade) for locally made artisan gelato, chocolates and French pastries.
  • Shortstop Donuts (12 Sutherland St).
  • Cult croissanterie Lune (Shop 16, 161 Collins Russell St entrance) is a must visit for pastry buffs!
  • Weirdoughs (241 Flinders Lane) Traditional pastries – all plant-based & sustainable.
  • Brunetti (250 Flinders Lane) Traditional pastries

Gifts

For local gifts and souvenirs:

Live music & performance

Music & performance:

National & international concerts: