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

Restaurants

Mary's

Restaurant

Head down a narrow alley and up a dingy stairwell for grungy vibes, fun wines and sensational burgers.

Pinchy's

Restaurant

This playful eatery has a 100-square-metre open-air balcony and a tonne of oceanic snacks. Expect to use your hands.

Pepe's Italian & Liquor

Restaurant

Head inside this moody eatery for tortelloni stuffed with buffalo ricotta, enormous veal parmigianas and cherry-chocolate-fudge sundaes for two.

Di Stasio Citta

Restaurant

Restaurateur Rinaldo Di Stasio is back in the city with an extraordinary restaurant that blends high art, high drama and high cuisine.

Paco's Tacos

Restaurant

Mexican street food brought to a food-filled corner of Melbourne.

Ishizuka

Restaurant

An elegant 16-seat Japanese fine diner.

Cafes

Saint Dreux

Cafe

Fancy katsu sandos and high-quality coffee are the draws at this takeaway-driven spot inside the St. Collins Lane food court.

Sensory Lab Rialto

Cafe

This outpost from the coffee specialist puts food on the same pedestal as coffee and design.

Hardware Societe Hardware Street

Cafe

A bustling city cafe on Hardware Lane serving hearty French/Spanish dishes for breakfast and lunch.

Gelateria Primavera

Cafe

A contender for the best gelato in town.

Goz City

Cafe

A fresh, upmarket take on gozleme, that flaky Turkish classic.

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.

Bars

The LuWow

Bar

Zombie cocktails, leopard print and tikis everywhere (obviously). Check your everyday life at the door – it’s pure fantasy here.

Cumulus Up Wine Bar

Bar

Andrew McConnell goes vertical with this wine bar above Cumulus Inc.

Loop Project Space & Bar

Bar

A multi-purpose arts, film and drinking hub.

Goldilocks Bar

Bar

A hidden rooftop bar, with an emphasis on cocktails and comfort.

Union Electric Bar

Bar

A two-storey, indoor-outdoor cocktail bar with an emphasis on fresh fruit and veg.

Good Heavens

Bar

A Palm Springs-inspired space from the guys behind Fancy Hanks.

Shops

Weirdoughs

Shop

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

Comme des Garçons

Shop

The Japanese label’s only Melbourne store.

Zimmermann

Shop

A stylish swimwear and clothing brand with boutiques across Melbourne.

Nique

Shop

Minimal, contemporary clothing favoured by creative professionals.

Blonde Venus

Shop

Women’s fashion by Marietta Marlow, designed and made in Melbourne.

búl

Shop

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