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

Restaurants

Florentino

Restaurant

The big gun classic in Italian dining in Melbourne.

Becco

Restaurant

A long-running restaurant dedicated to classic Italian dining.

Pentolina

Restaurant

After 19 years behind the counter at Pellegrini’s, Matt Picone opened this pasta bar dedicated to his late father.

Wonderbao

Restaurant

A restaurant that's solely devoted to the Chinese bun.

Ishizuka

Restaurant

An elegant 16-seat Japanese fine diner.

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Restaurant

Star chef Andrew McConnell's signature is evident on every Eurocentric plate here, from the clam-topped flatbread to the anchovy Danish to the wood-fired rhubarb cheesecake. You’ll find us at the black-and-gold marble bar, Martini in hand.

Cafes

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.

Oli & Levi

Cafe

Oli & Levi brings well-priced, honest fare to city slickers.

Bowery to Williamsburg

Cafe

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

Higher Ground

Cafe

The team behind Kettle Black and Top Paddock go beyond cafes with this CBD spot inspired by hotel hospitality.

Earl Canteen

Cafe

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

Laneway Greens

Cafe

There’s no mix-and-match required at this modern salad bar. The killer combinations are thought up for you.

Bars

Beneath Driver Lane

Bar

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

Whisky and Alement

Bar

With a massive selection and knowledgeable staff, this whisky bar rivals some of the best in the world.

Romeo Lane

Bar

This handsome CBD cocktail bar is for lovers of low-lit drinking.

Mjølner

Bar

A retro-futurist Viking dining hall filled with handmade axes and whole-beast cooking.

Bar Americano

Bar

This walk-in, standing-room-only bar blends American hustle with European service.

Byrdi

Bar

Drinks here include a boozy smoked-pear soda, and gin with jasmine and plum. Get yours alongside hibachi-grilled seafood.

Shops

American Doughnut Kitchen

Shop

Melbourne’s first ever doughnut outlet.

Obus

Shop

Melbourne-designed practical and travel-friendly garments.

T By LuxBite

Shop

After they conquered the macaron, the folks at LuxBite opened this tart-focussed bakery.

Punchin' Bottles

Shop

This wine shop by Embla’s Christian McCabe, winemaker Patrick Sullivan and importer Eric Narioo stocks interesting (and at times eccentric) small-batch and responsibly produced drops.

búl

Shop

Classical tailored pieces from city to sea by local designer Virginia Martin.

Weirdoughs

Shop

This tiny, technicolour Flinders Lane patisserie serves flaky croissants and fluffy doughnuts without the help of butter, milk or eggs.