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

Restaurants

Fancy Hank’s

Restaurant

One of Melbourne's original American barbeque joints.

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Longrain

Restaurant

Since 2005, this CBD restaurant has been at the forefront of modern Thai dining. Now under the stewardship of star chef Scott Pickett, it’s resharpened its focus and feels as good as ever.

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Chancery Lane

Restaurant

Scott Pickett's take on a mod-French brasserie brings old-world European elegance to a heritage-listed CBD building. There's ritzy deep-green marble, dramatic arched windows and candelabras throughout. Start with black truffle and foie gras toasties, then move onto French-style gnocchi, and finish with a gin-and-raspberry baba.

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Royal Stacks

Restaurant

A burger joint lovingly recreating the best of US-style fast food.

Magic Mountain Saloon

Restaurant

Punchy Thai food and cocktails.

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Chin Chin

Restaurant

The fiery Thai diner Melburnians and tourists have been queuing for since 2011.

Cafes

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

This tribute to the Big Apple offers the finest deli-style food around.

Market Lane Coffee Collins Street

Cafe

An elegant spot for lingering over a fine coffee.

Market Lane Coffee Victoria Street

Cafe

This iteration of the Market Lane cafe constellation brings the same winning combination: great coffee, quick-and-tasty snacks, plus plenty of beans and accessories to take home with you.

Earl Canteen

Cafe

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

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.

Nico's Sandwich Deli

Cafe

This sandwich spot from a trio of experienced hospo players was supposed to open in March 2020. One pandemic and a long Fitzroy pop-up later, Nico's has made its way back to its original home in the CBD. Come for jazzed-up Italo-Japanese-leaning sangas, strong coffees and sweet shakes.

Bars

Juliet Melbourne

Bar

A wine bar that's all about supporting women in the industry.

Longsong

Bar

Scott Pickett's atmospheric venue above Longrain will transport you someplace else.

Ferdydurke

Bar

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

Caretaker’s Cottage

Bar

Squeeze into this tiny, 100-year-old caretaker’s quarters for what may be Victoria’s smallest pub. Behind Tassie oak bar you’ll find Guinness on tap, a short cocktail list and British pub snacks to keep you mint.

Beneath Driver Lane

Bar

Moody blues and dark spirits rule at this cavernous, below-ground bar.

Cookie

Bar

A beer hall, cocktail bar and modern Thai restaurant all in one.

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Shops

Schmucks Bagels

Shop

Traditional bagels with innovative fillings.

Marimekko

Shop

A colourful Finnish label with an instantly recognisable style.

Dinosaur Designs

Shop

Australia's resin artisans.

Scanlan Theodore

Shop

Simple elegance combined with Australian and European influences and quality – a never fail option.

American Doughnut Kitchen

Shop

Melbourne’s first ever doughnut outlet.

Doughboys Doughnuts

Shop

Skip the petrol-station doughnut and head here for ten fresh varieties, plus coffee by Small Batch.