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10 Cool Places to Eat in Melbourne

Like any of Australia’s cities, finding the coolest and most delicious places can be a task. We’ve collated 10 cool Melbourne restaurants you have to try on your next trip. Luckily we have not even scratched the surface and could have easily made this list double the size. Next time… for now enjoy these great places to eat.

10 Cool Melbourne Restaurants

#1 Chin Chin

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Designed by the lads at Projects of Imagination, Chin Chin is the hot spot for Asian cuisine in Melbourne. In a New York loft style setting, Chin Chin’s food and atmosphere is a delicious assault on the senses. Getting a table can be hard, so go early (5:30pm) and grab a drink downstairs at Go Go. We recommend the vodka martini.

#2 MoVida

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MoVida has a reputation as the best Spanish restaurant in Melbourne with a modern take on tapas is inspired by the day’s market-fresh produce. On a graffiti-covered cobbled lane near St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s the kind of place you can visit to have a beer and jamón croquetta at the bar and then move across to a table and share a plate of slow-braised lamb, some patatas a lo pobre and down some seriously good Spanish red wine.

#3 Cumulus Inc

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Cumulus Inc is a clean, bright eating house and bar serving up Andrew McConnell’s acclaimed breakfast, lunch and dinners. Located in a historic turn of the century rag trade building, Cumulus Inc will score you hipster points no matter who is accompanying you.

#4 Belles Hot Chicken

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Belles Hot Chicken is the brainchild of Aaron Turner and Morgan McGlone who previously cheffed at fine dining spots in Nashville, Tennesee and is the go-to spot in Melbourne for fried chicken. There’s a choice of spiciness at Belles, from mild to really f*cking hot and plenty of natural wines, cocktails and house lagers to keep your mouth watering.

#5 Tonka

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For modern Indian you can’t go past Melbourne’s Tonka. Just off Flinders Lane, Tonka pairs vibrant Indian flavours with an award-winning wine list in an art installation-filled contemporary setting.

#6 Anchovy

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With a calling card dish of Vietnamese blood pudding, Anchovy has been ticking Melbourne’s foodie boxes since it opened mid 2015. Pair a modern Vietnamese menu with European techniques and a minimalist interior and you’re onto a winner.

#7 Magic Mountain Saloon

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Magic Mountain Saloon comes from the guys behind Melbourne’s The Toff and Cookie and blends a Thai and Australian way of life for an unforgettable lat night bar and eatery experience. Number #7 on our list of cool Melbourne restaurants, Magic Mountain Saloon serving up salty, sweet and spicy delights, beers on tap and plenty of Melbourne hipster fun.

#8 Attica

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With a kitchen led by head chef Ben Shewry, this Melbourne hotspot has arguably some of the world’s finest food. Attica‘s unpretentious, intimate space offers a degustation of 5 or 8 courses and delicacies like ‘potato cooked in earth’ and ‘apple, olive and warm shredded wheat’.

#9 Vue Du Monde

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At level 55 of Melbourne’s Rialto Building, Vue Du Monde offers fine dining at dizzying heights. Enjoy an á la carte menu or a 10-course degustation is a $10M fit-out. Vue de monde is testament to the belief that dining can be a wondrous, unforgettable experience, and pays homage to classical fine dining in a modern context.

#10 Cookie

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Beer hall, eating house, disco. Are there 3 better phrases in the English language? You can’t visit Melbourne without trying Cookie. An array of delectable Thai dishes, over 350 wines and a buzzing atmosphere make Cookie one our top 10 cool Melbourne restaurants.


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6 Mar, 2013

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Editor-In-Chief