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Melbourne Restaurants and Nightlife

Everyone has their favourites in Melbourne: bars and restaurants that is. The choice and variety are so huge that it would be impossible to cover them all. Melbourne has its share of traditional cuisine from various parts of the world, and its own Australian flavour, which has taken its cues from these sources and invented a new cuisine. Innovative, original, classic and delicious: whatever your choice you will find a restaurant serving memorable food. There's no doubt that you will leave Melbourne with your own favourites.

Melbourne's restaurants are roughly mapped out in enclaves. Here are some to give you a guide:

  • Chinatown – the traditional Cantonese cuisine of China dominates here. Chinatown is concentrated in Little Bourke Street in the city, and spreads into Russell Street.

  • Lygon Street – just out of the CBD in inner-north Carlton, Lygon St is famous for its Italian spruikers plying for your custom. Watch the locals (mostly students from the University of Melbourne) and judge for yourself. Most restaurants in Lygon Street serve Italian regional dishes.

  • Brunswick Street – in inner-suburban Fitzroy offers an eclectic mix of eateries, from vegetarian to Asian contemporary menus. Brunswick Street still retains some of the casual seediness associated with this part of Melbourne in the past. Easy to reach on the 112 tram.

  • Chapel Street – from South Yarra to St Kilda, Chapel Street is chic and trendy. Chapel Street historically introduced Melbourne to European cuisine, initially Greek and Italian. Some great restaurants, and a good mix of clothes stores and the huge Borders bookshop where you can spend an entire morning browsing the books and reviving yourself with coffee from the inhouse café.

  • Glenferrie Road – in the inner-east suburb of Malvern, and easy to get to on tram 16, Glenferrie Road has a wonderful mix of different Asian restaurants. Here you will find Malaysian, Thai, Japanese and Indian cuisines, and more restaurants and cafés in High Street, which intersects with Glenferrie Road.

  • Glenhuntly Road – in the inner-southeast suburb of Elsternwick, Glenhuntly Road has a huge range of Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants.

  • Williamstown – down on Port Philip Bay, Williamstown has gentrified over the past 15 years is a popular place at weekends for breakfast, brunch or lunch overlooking the water and the boatyards.

  • St Kilda – originally the seaside respite for wealthy Meburnians during the summer, St Kilda has been absorbed into the suburbs and today is trendy and bohemian. There are numerous restaurants and cafés, and a Sunday market along the foreshore.

  • Queen Victoria Market – in Elizabeth Street is the best undercover market for excellent-value goods and a huge range of produce, including cheeses, coffee, chocolates, charcuterie, pastries, breads, sauces, juices and gourmet delights of every description.

  • Commercial Road, South Yarra and Smith Street, Collingwood – are the main gay areas of Melbourne, but there are gay-friendly bars throughout the city.

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