Best Restaurants You Cannot Miss in Melbourne Australia

Melbourne has tons of places to eat great food on any budget. I was only in the city for a couple of days but attempted to try as many places as I could in that short time. Of course, this isn't an end all be all list. This is just one traveler's experience in Melbourne and her honest opinion.

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Best Quick or Cheap Food in Melbourne

One of the best fast food chains in Melbourne is Grill’d. They have vegetarian options also!

Grill'd

Flinders Lane - QV Melbourne - Little Bourke Street - Degraves Street | Menu
This is actually a chain in Australia, and there are quite a few in Melbourne. But since we had been seeing it everywhere and I felt like I had to try it out and let you know if you should stop in. The food was good and cheap and while it wasn't the most impressive burger it was pretty damn good. They have a few vegetarian options as well!

Cheap sushi can be found underground at Oishii Sushi.

Oishii Sushi

Location | More Info
Located in the underground area of QV Melbourne. The small kiosk discount their sushi after 5 pm meaning you can get a filling meal for super cheap.

Do not miss a smoothie or Acai bowl at Tropicana in Melbourne.

Tropicana Juice/Fruit Bar

Location | Menu
The colorful signs outside will draw you in and you should definitely stop in. This place is sooooo great. I loved starting the morning with such a filling and healthy smoothie. We sat at their tables for a bit and people watched. It seemed like tons of locals out for a run were stopping in to grab a smoothie to go.

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Best Italian in Melbourne

Some of the best pizza we had in Australia was at Kaprica in Melbourne.

Kaprica

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Ok. This was actually the only Italian we tried while in Melbourne but it was so dang good I'm sure it tops many peoples lists for many reasons. The pizza was excellent. The atmosphere had me thinking I was in Italy instead of Australia. And the prices were excellent. Matt and I shared a pizza and left full.

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Best Cafes in Melbourne

Our favorite coffee shop in Melbourne was Brother Baba Budan

Brother Baba Budan

Location | Website
We loved this place while in Melbourne. It had the perfect atmosphere to start the day and we had to pull ourselves away. Their pastries are changed out each day and come from local shops. Great because you always get to try something new but upsetting that you can't eat the same delicious things day in and day out. Also, one of the few spots open on weekends near CBD.

Another great, but small, coffee shop in Melbourne is Dukes.

Dukes Coffee Roasters

Location | Website
Very tiny coffee shop but lots of places to sit. The line (and there usually is one) goes fast. They don't have a restroom but you can use the City Libraries toilets located only a few shops down. Their pastries are to die for also.

Don’t miss the food at Sunny Boy Cafe in Melbourne, only open on weekdays!

Sunny Boy Cafe

Location | Website
This place is closed on the weekends but if you have a chance stop in here for a quick flat white. They really know what they are doing. Plus they have quite a few food options on the menu.

A great chain for a cup of coffee in Melbourne.

Axil Coffee Roasters

Flinders Lane - Exhibition Street - Lonsdale Street | Website
There are a couple in the city and all of them are trendy and welcoming. I would stop here if I passed one but don't feel the need to go out of your way.

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Best Ice Cream Melbourne

Gelato I still think about from time to time. Seriously don’t miss this place!

Pidapipo Gelateria CBD

Location | Menu
We ate outside right near this gelateria and watched for nearly an hour as they contiuously had a line nearly 20 people long. Watching for so long also showed us the line moves pretty fast so we gave it a shot after we finished our dinner. They have tons of different flavours, each made in house, and all of them excellent. You can try as many as you like and I definitely suggest adding the piping hot nutella on top. I dream about this place at night. Seriously.

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Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Melbourne

Great Thai food can be found at Chin Chin with locations in Melbourne and Syndey.

Chin Chin

Location | Menu
A great space that serves up some really cool Thai food. We looked at the menu and started to get discouraged when we saw how heavy meat was featured. Luckily, we persisted and asked our waiter what we could get that was vegetarian-friendly. I was so impressed when the waiter told him to give him a second and came back with a menu that he had circled what is vegetarian and starred what dishes could be modified to vegetarian dishes. Can every restaurant please start doing this?! It was so helpful and we ended up loving everything we ordered. Definitely seek this place out even if you aren't a vegetarian.

Pricey but worth it for quality vegan food in Melbourne.

Smith and Daughters

Location | Menu
This spot is located in trendy Fitzroy and although the menu looks a little pricy it is totallyyyy worth it. If you are ok with spending a bit more check this vegan restaurant out.

Best Bars in Melbourne

A great bar to grab a drink at in Melbourne is Boilermaker.

Boilermaker House

Location | Menu
I don't drink much but we did stop here to get a quick beer with some friends who live in Australia now. It had a great atmosphere although we did joke that we went to the most American bar. They have lots of whiskey and specialty cocktails. The place itself is huge as well.

Final Thoughts

Planning a trip to Australia in general, can be overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on this beautiful location and you may be frozen and unable to plan anything. Rest assured that no matter what you choose to do in Australia or where you choose to stay in Australia you're going to have a beautiful time. 

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing an Australian travel guide along with you. Here are some of the travel guides I used during my trip...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D5600 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com). 

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