Like any of Australia’s cities, finding the coolest and most delicious places can be a task. We’ve collated 10 of the best places to eat in Melbourne. Luckly 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.
Chin Chin ($$$) - 125 Flinders Ln Melbourne
Designed by the lads at Projects of Imagination, Chin Chin is the hot spot for Asian cuisine in Melbourne. In a New York loft style setting, Chin Chin’s food and atmosphere is a delicious assault on the senses. Getting a table can be hard, so go early (5:30pm) and grab a drink downstairs at Go Go. We recommend the vodka martini.
Radio Mexico ($$$) - 11 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Radio Mexico is the newest eatery from the people that run Galleon in St Kilda. Radio Mexico is not just a clever name, it’s a contemporary take on Mexican food. A small restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Get in, get out, get awesome.
The Smith ($$$) - 213 High St Prahran
Former head chef of Taxi, Michael “Lamb Chop’ Lambie opened The Smith 18 months ago. A popular Prahran restaurant and bar, The Smith is a fusion of contemporary Australian and Japanese cuisine. Whether you’re horny, hungry or thirsty, The Smith is a winner.
Top Paddock ($$) - Church St, Richmond
The newest breakfast and lunch joint in Richmond oozes cool with it’s hip decore and alfresco open air design. Situated in the heart of Richmond’s furniture and fashion designer district, Top Paddock is the place to be with Melbourne’s cool people. Try the Crab Burger, it’s to die for.
City Wine Shop ($$$) – 159 Spring St Melbourne
No fuss, but full of atmosphere and in one of the most picturesque places in Melbourne’s city is the City Wine Shop. Sit outside and watch the world go past while admiring the view of Parliament House and people often streaming out of the Princess Theatre. Try the Schnitzel and coleslaw.
The Stokehouse ($$ / $$$$) - 30 Jacka Blvd St Kilda
Recently refurbished after years of looking tired, The Stokehouse is one of the best beachside places on a sunny day. Downstairs you’ll find the cafe very casual with great pizza and pastas, while upstairs if great for a fine dining experience. UPDATE: Sadly the Stokehouse was recently lost to fire.
South of Johnston ($$) - 46 Oxford St Collingwood
Possibly one of the coolest fit outs of all cafes in Collingwood, South of Johnston is decorated with designer lamps, couches, antiques and interesting prints on the walls. Not your regular breakfast menu, but there’s a little something for all tastes. Menu changes seasonally which is nice.
Baby ($$) - 631-633 Church St Richmond
Now in place of the once lorded Pearl restaurant, Baby is the sister of Chin Chin. Baby is ultra cool and casual Italian. The waiters are all fresh off the boat and the meals come out quicker than you can say “Santa maria!”. Great before a big night out.
Panama Dining Room ($$$) - Level 3/231 Smith St Fitzroy
Located in Smith St, Collingwood, Panama Dining Room is one of my personal favourites North of the Yarra. Both a bar and restaurant, Pamana is perched on the 3rd floor and features massive windows to watch the world go by below.
St Edmonds ($$) - St Edmonds Rd, Prahran
The interior has been designed within an inch of its life, with much detail given to the little things like aprons, sugar jars and the amount of ink on its staff. Making use of an old garage, St Edmonds includes weekly specials and coffee that’s so damn good. Can be a wait on the weekend, but well worth it on a sunny day.