The best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and events in the Melbourne CBD.

Restaurants

Harley House Bar & Grill

Restaurant

Pisco sours and ceviche, just like you’d find in Lima.

The French Brasserie

Restaurant

A dependable brasserie serving French classics to the suited and booted.

Vue de Monde

Restaurant

Some of the best dining and views in the country.

Mamasita

Restaurant

Melbourne's first proper taqueria still has it.

Butchers Diner

Restaurant

Burgers, steak sandwiches and duck-heart yakitori, 24 hours a day.

Go Noodle House

Restaurant

Enter for build-your-own laksa, homemade noodles with fried anchovies, spam fries, and a five-kilo-noodle-soup challenge.

Cafes

Liminal

Cafe

This sea of olive leather, grey velvet and art deco touches is not your everyday foyer cafe. On the menu: French flatbreads you can fold up like a taco, and salads with porchetta or rotisserie chicken.

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Pope Joan

Cafe

A clubby and convivial space with an all-day, British-leaning brunch menu. And yes, the famous Reuben has survived the move from Brunswick East.

Axil Coffee Roasters Bourke Street

Cafe

The eighth outpost for Axil specialty coffee roasters – this time with full kitchen service.

Wonderpop & Deli

Cafe

Mac’n’cheese pies, banana and custard pancake pies, and rhubarb and liquorice dessert pies in a tiny shop that takes cues from Alice in Wonderland.

Earl Canteen

Cafe

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

Holy Crumpets

Cafe

Put down the supermarket stuff, these small batch sourdough crumpets are the real deal.

Bars

Peaches

Bar

Above American barbeque spot Cheek, this pretty cocktail bar has four happy hours a day and serves Sichuan fried-chicken sandwiches until 3am. Further up, there’s a rooftop bar with city views.

Radar

Bar

This Melbourne nightclub comes with a 29-year dance-music legacy.

Bar Lourinhã

Bar

Spanish food served with genuine flair.

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Ferdydurke

Bar

The crew behind Section 8 has a joint high above its original haunt.

Globe Alley

Bar

There is free pool, $1 wings, jalapeño poppers and live music at this Southern-American-inspired dive bar.

Jasper's

Bar

Under a big neon trumpet on Goldie Place, you'll find one of Melbourne's best jazz-and-cocktail bars. Or is it a cocktail-and-jazz bar?

Shops

Bassike

Shop

The best place to find quality basics and beautifully made pieces.

Kuwaii

Shop

Floral fantasia and femininity abounds at this local label’s boutiques.

Gorman

Shop

Melbourne’s icon of gloriously bold, fun prints.

Quick Brown Fox

Shop

A mixture of vintage and modern women's clothing and accessories.

ACNE Studios

Shop

The Swedish fashion house brings Scandinavian minimalism to Melbourne.

Marimekko

Shop

A colourful Finnish label with an instantly recognisable style.