As the capital and most populated city in Victoria, Melbourne is one of the most popular as and has over 5 million residents. The city has a long history dating back more than 40,000 years when the indigenous Australians occupied the area. Located around Port Phillip Bay, it is a popular beach town.
The city is also known for its tourism and has a variety of awesome attractions for everyone. But you must eat so try some of the traditional specialties like meat pies or emu steaks. Or you can just get a pizza or burger. Don’t lug along shopping parcels or bags as you scope out the top eateries in Melbourne. Drop them off at one of the Melbourne suitcase storage lockers first.
● Bowery to Williamsburg
Bowery to Williamsburg is perfect for your morning meal. Their delicious waffles come in three flavors including the Elvis, vanilla berry, and fried chicken. They also have four kinds of bagel sandwiches or you can design your own from the list of schmears and fillings. The omelet and pastrami sandwich is popular too.
● Axil Coffee Roasters
Axil Coffee Roasters has a variety of breakfast dishes you can get all day, including the dragon fruit smoothie bowl with granola, red velvet pancakes topped with sesame ice cream, or chili scrambled eggs on a toasted bagel. You can even get a burger or chicken sandwich if that’s what you like for breakfast.
● Two Birds One Stone
Two Birds One Stone is a unique and delightful café that is known for having the best pancakes in town. Their ricotta pancakes are smothered in raspberry and rhubarb compote, seasonal fruit, vanilla mascarpone, and toasted pistachios. They also have eggs, French toast, and a variety of sandwiches.
- Operator 25 was named for the telephone exchange building it’s in and the staff members are energetic and fun. Not recommended for Moslem travelers due to its non halal menu (pulled pork benedict with the locals with Chinese BBQ sauce and hollandaise). Or try the Sichuan duck leg with steamed bao and Sichuan jus. And the chicken fried burger is amazing.
● Auction Rooms
For some hot smoked salmon with grilled broccolini, glazed beef short ribs with green papaya, or prawn and spanner crab linguini, Auction Rooms is a cozy little dining spot with great ambiance. If you want a burger, they have that too, with wagyu beef and special sauce. Or try their “breakfast all day” menu.
● 1932 Café
Another non halal cafe, 1932 Café has a variety of lunch items as well as breakfast all day. Try the three meat Bolognese with pork, veal, and beef linguine topped with tomato sugo sauce, and parmesan. The Italian burger has smoked scamorza cheese and sugo sauce with fat boy chips. Or you may like the veggie nourish bowl for a healthy meal.
If you like burgers, you can get them eight different ways at 8bit. The Afterburner has jalapenos, the Golden Axe has crispy fried chicken and sriracha mayo, and the gauntlet has chicken, two kinds of cheese, and BBQ sauce. They even have the Zelda burger for vegans as well as hotdogs, fries, and onion rings.
● The Little Ramen Bar
You haven’t had real ramen until you have had it at the Little Ramen Bar. It’s not those cheap packs of dry noodles you get at the grocers. This place does ramen with sprouts, seaweed, bamboo, and onions. Get it topped with egg, BBQ pork, or seafood. They also serve salad, fried rice, kimchi, and dumplings.
● 11 Inch Pizza
How about some pizza? 11 Inch Pizza has a dozen specialty pizzas as well as a variety of classics. The Zucca has goat’s cheese, roasted pumpkin, and pine nuts. The Salsiccia is topped with balsamic shallots and sausage, the Oi Oi has egg and spinach, and the meat fest has ham, chicken, chorizo, bacon, salami, and sausage.
● Vue De Monde
If you are into a new experience, try to have a fine dining here at Melbourne. Enjoy a 12-course tasting menu at Vue De Monde like you cannot get anywhere else. Start with oysters, then enjoy some kelp caviar, marron curry, lamb rib, and a trolley of Australian cheeses. Some of the meats may include salt cured wallaby, sea urchin, pigeon, lamb, duck, wagyu beef, and tuna tartare.
The tasting menu at Kazuki’s is a blend of Japanese, French, and Australian. Choose from the five- or seven-course dinner. You will start with salad or appetizers, then move onto the crab and corn consommé, Moreton bay bug with ponzu, quail or swordfish with globe artichoke, or duck with radicchio.
● Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar
If you would rather choose what you eat, Il Bacaro is an outstanding dining experience with a mix of Australian and Italian cuisine. You can enjoy barramundi with watermelon consommé, suckling pig with morel mushrooms and raspberry sorbet, or duck breast with peach purée. Don’t miss the agave cheesecake.
For some amazing nitrogen gelato creations, DEX2ROSE is the place to go in Melbourne. The Milky Playtime has Reese’s cups in dulce de leche gelato with caramel popcorn and peanut butter chocolate sauce on top. Or try the Nutella gelato topped with white chocolate ganache, hazelnuts, and a floating mini-Nutella jar.
● Walker’s Doughnuts
Donuts are not just for breakfast anymore with all the flavors and designer donuts now. Walker’s is well-known in Melbourne and they have 20 different flavors. Try the lamington with raspberry jam and custard, the maple bacon ball with custard, the pineapple glazed with cream, or one of their noonie fingers.
● Little Cupcakes
If it’s cupcakes you want, Little Cupcakes has over a dozen flavors and unlimited toppings. Some of the most popular include red velvet with cocoa butter and cream cheese frosting, passionfruit with sponge cake, and peanut butter with chocolate sponge cake, peanut butter frosting, and cookie crumbs.
Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, make sure you spend some of your time at one of these or another local eatery to try the local favorites. Or you can have Mexican, Asian, or some other type of food you like. Melbourne has a plethora of fantastic places to eat while you are in town.