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What Are Melbourne’s Best Food Suburbs?

The debate over who makes the best flat white in Melbourne is practically a national pastime.

Foodies relocating to Melbourne will have a hard time finding a bad neighbourhood, as restaurants, bars, and cafes seem to grow out of the sidewalks everywhere. Some suburbs, however, are known for their exceptional restaurants.

Melbourne has a rich Australian heritage, but it also incorporates traditions from many different cultures. Because of this, the community has a character and vibrancy that can't be found anywhere else in the world.

For those looking for a good time in Melbourne, the city's food scene is almost as important as the city's tourist attractions. Melbourne's restaurants have a diverse and exciting food culture that will please even the pickiest eaters.

From Fitzroy's eclectic mix of affordable and high-end dining to the artsy and gastronomical South Yarra, maybe you will find a few options to add to this list of Melbourne's most cherished foodie destinations. Add it to your list!

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Melbourne's Best Foodie Suburbs

Melbourne’s best foodie suburbs to buy into have been revealed, with Carlton North and Princes Hill topping the list of mouth-watering prospects.

It has dished up the list based on ratings from restaurant index Zomato, with eatery options in the 3054 postcode scoring an average of 3.54 out of 5 to make it the city’s best spot to eat out.

Melbourne (CBD).

In the Central Business District, you can find restaurants catering to every taste and budget. With 89 restaurants to choose from, the city centre is where foodies should be in 2015, according to The Age Good Food Guide.

Flinders Lane, according to Melbourne's Good Food Guide editor Janne Apelgren, is the city's best "eat street." The Central Business District (CBD) is where you'll find five of Melbourne's top ten dishes, according to The Age Good Food Guide, making Melbourne a veritable paradise for foodies.

The city's commercial and residential hub, Melbourne also serves as the municipality's name.

Those looking for Melbourne's financial and commercial hub should head straight to the city proper. The area between Victoria and Latrobe Streets is included as well as the central city grid. The city centre is open nonstop, catering to the needs of its many residents, workers, and visitors with its retail, financial, legal, administrative, recreational, tourist, and entertainment venues.

The 1990s saw an overabundance of office space in the central city; this, in combination with the City of Melbourne's Postcode 3000 initiative, has resulted in a renaissance of inner-city living. The population of the city's core has consequently increased by a factor of two since 2001.

One of Melbourne's most recognisable thoroughfares, leafy St. Kilda Road is lined with a diverse array of buildings serving a variety of purposes.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kings Domain (home to the Australian government), Queen Victoria Gardens, and Alexandra Gardens are just a few of the many beautiful parks and gardens found in Melbourne. Several major sporting events, including the Australian Open Tennis Championships, are held in nearby venues such as Olympic Park and Melbourne Park.

Carlton

Lygon Street in the small suburb of Carlton has long been a Mecca for all things coffee, gelati, pasta, and pizza due to the area's rich history of Italian immigration.

D.O.C. Espresso, 400 Gradi, and Brunetti are popular spots to get a hot bowl of bolognaise (all along Lygon Street).

Saigon Pho, Chai Eat Like Malaysian, and Café Italia all serve reasonably priced meals due to the large local student population. But a dedicated following for something else is emerging at Milk the Cow, a new cheese bar open 24/7.

Lygon Street is widely known as Melbourne's Italian centre due to the large number of Italian restaurants and cafes that can be found there. All of Melbourne's restaurants are top-notch, but our top picks are Tiamo and D.O.C.

Tiamo specialises in pizza and serves traditional Italian fare like spaghetti marinara and risotto.

Meanwhile, the pizzas at DOC are known for their use of both exotic and common ingredients. Why not invite some new friends you made in Melbourne over for pizza?

The energy here is fantastic, as a whole. This place has a genuine and comforting vibe that makes you feel right at home. What's even better is that you won't have to empty your bank account in order to indulge in these delicious treats.

Prahran and Windsor

It's incredible how many eateries and watering holes there are within a mile of the seedier end of Chapel Street. Smashed avocado on toast from Journeyman or St. Edmonds cafés is a must on Saturday mornings around here.

Choose from David's for a Shanghai banquet, Borsch, Vodka, and Tears for a tasty Polish meal, or Boston Sub for a greasy American-style sandwich for dinner (where you can open the freezer door to reveal a hidden cocktail bar). You can also visit the Prahran Market to stock up on supplies for a meal you'll be cooking at home.

Go to Prahran, and more specifically the farmer's market, if you're interested in eating food that has been produced and sourced as locally as possible. One of the best food markets in Australia is famous for its delicious variety and unique offerings. The nearby restaurants enthusiastically welcome this produce and use it to create a stunning variety of healthy dishes.

The markets feature a wide variety of foodstuffs, including heirloom fruits and vegetables, cheeses, small goods, artisanal creations, certified organic meats and poultry, and wild game. Likewise, the seafood here is of high quality.

Farmers are a great resource for advice on purchases because they know the products inside and out. They always leave you wondering where they came from, which ones are best at the moment, how much they cost, and how to cook them to perfection. To put it another way, when you buy something at Prahran Market, you're directly supporting local farmers. Plus, you get to sample the best of Melbourne's many cuisines and rich cultural offerings.

Prahran is a popular Melbourne neighbourhood known for its gourmet fresh food market, lively nightclubs, the Jam Factory complex, and cosmopolitan village vibe, all of which can be found just off the famous shopping thoroughfare of Chapel Street.

Prahran is home to a wide variety of dining options, from pubs and smoothie bars to quaint cafes and restaurants.

Richmond

Richmond is the rising star of Melbourne’s dining scene, with an explosion of new restaurants cementing Bridge Road, Swan Street and Church Street as all-day eat streets. New restaurants Kong (smoky Asian barbeque), Noir (French) and Romulus & Remus (Italian) have all upped the suburb’s culinary pedigree.

If beer and burger is more your style, you’ll find a pub every few metres down Swan Street. Try the Corner Hotel for rooftop drinks, the Richmond Club Hotel for a party atmosphere, or indulge in gastropub fare at the Royal Saxon on Church Street.

Victoria Street, known as Melbourne’s Little Saigon, is a popular haunt for fresh and fast Vietnamese food.

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Fitzroy

This trendy inner-northern suburb is rapidly evolving into a culinary mecca. Gertrude Street is a microcosm of Fitzroy, showcasing how the neighbourhood has transformed from one to avoid to one frequented by a hip and trendy crowd who frequent the area's trendy bars, restaurants, pubs, boutiques, and art galleries.

Start your day with brunch at Birdman and then spend the rest of the day eating and drinking along this cosy little strip.

Archie's All Day for afternoon tea, Ladro for dinner (pizza) or the posh Cutler & Co. (modern Australian), and Gertrude Street Enoteca for wine or the Builders Arms Hotel for beer to round out the day.

However, Gertrude Street isn't the only place to eat in Fitzroy; Brunswick Street (where the wildly popular tapas rooftop bar Naked for Satan is located) and, to a lesser extent, Johnston Street also offer excellent dining options.

The diversity of Fitzroy's offerings is part of the neighborhood's appeal, as it allows for satisfied customers with a wide range of preferences. You can always find a restaurant that fits your budget, from fast food to fine dining. There are also many pubs and cafes in the area that serve high-quality, reasonably priced food.

Fitzroy has been called the "foodiest" suburb of Melbourne by multiple publications thanks to its abundance of dining options. You should eat at one of Australia's finest restaurants if you want to experience authentic Australian cuisine.

The Smith Street "Hub" There are a number of excellent restaurants serving up pioneering and modern takes on traditional Australian fare, all run by genuinely nice people.

What's great about eating out in Fitzroy is that you can always expect the unexpected and discover a new favourite restaurant. Casual diners can choose from a wide variety of one-of-a-kind, reasonably priced pubs and cafes, while connoisseurs of fine cuisine will appreciate the area's selection of chic, swanky, established restaurants.

With 22 entries in Fitzroy and another ten in neighbouring Fitzroy North, it's easy to see why The Age Good Food Guide 2015 named Fitzroy Melbourne's foodiest suburb. Smith Street, located in Fitzroy, is the second best "eat street" in Melbourne, according to Good Food Guide Editor Janne Apelgren.

Kilda

St. Kilda's white sands are picture-perfect for a romantic stroll. However, socialising with loved ones is never a bad plan.

After a day of exploring Luna Park or swimming to cool off, this neighbourhood offers a wide variety of bars, restaurants, farmer's markets, and bakeries to satisfy your appetite.

For those with a sweet tooth, the historic cake shops of Acland Street offer a rainbow of tempting options. After that, head to one of the chic restaurants or bars on the bayfront for a satisfying meal with a view of Port Philip.

Do you enjoy snacking on the sand as you watch the sun go down? Then, stop by Mr. Natural Pizza Place for a bottle of wine and a pizza to go. We can all agree that this sounds like the ideal location, right?

Besides the Espy, other well-known St. Kilda attractions include the sea baths, Luna Park's enormous grin, the farmer's market, and the bakeries. Many of Melbourne's best restaurants can be found in St. Kilda.

St. Kilda has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to suit any taste, occasion, or budget, from the historic cake shops on Acland Street to the chic bayside cafes and bars overlooking Port Philip.

South Yarra

The last entry in our list, and just moments from Prahran, South Yarra surely is not the least. Many of its restaurants have been gaining a reputation for serving good food and top-quality service. Not to mention the stylish and contemporary settings that befit the area's artistic culture.

For a Michelin-like touch, you can try Matilda 159 for one. Its charcoal-driven kitchen is inviting, even for the most sensitive palates. 

Their specialty, a mix of picked spanner crab, finger lime and sea succulents scooped from a crab carapace, is truly divine. Putting this into a slightly charred, unleavened bread is a match made in heaven.

The Melbourne municipality contains only a portion of South Yarra: the area west of Punt Road is in this Local Government Area, while the area to the east is in Stonnington City Council.

The area within the municipality includes an enclave of beautiful period housing, a short stretch of traffic-heavy Punt Road, a slice of the meandering Yarra River and picturesque Fawkner Park, which offers a great variety of sporting and recreation activities for visitors and residents alike.

The Domain Road shopping centre provides a valuable mix of convenience goods stores, restaurants and cafes to service the local community and a broader clientele.

Southbank.

Southbank is perfect for you if you enjoy spiffing up for dinner out, going to the theatre and art galleries, living in an apartment, and eating at upscale restaurants. The thriving nightlife, Crown Casino, the Arts Centre Melbourne, and the National Gallery of Victoria all contribute to the neighborhood's notoriety along the Yarra River. After accommodating Heston Blumenthal's infamous pop-up, you can safely say that you've lived up to your reputation.

Well-known for its exceptional restaurants, including The Fat Duck and its $1,200 14-course dinner for two, the neighbourhood is a must-visit for foodies. Twenty Southbank restaurants were featured in The Age Good Food Guide 2015.

The prosperous and lively Southbank Promenade is the heart and soul of Southbank. From the bustling Southgate entertainment and dining precinct to the opulent Crown Casino, you can take advantage of this path's location along the Yarra River's southern bank.

The promenade is lined with cafes, shops, and restaurants, as well as some high-end hotels, prominent workplaces, public artwork, and chic new residences. Due to its variety and beautiful city views, it is frequented by both locals and tourists for a night out at a bar or restaurant, a leisurely stroll, or to catch a performance by one of the city's many talented street artists.

The Melbourne Arts Centre, the Melbourne Concert Hall, and many other cultural institutions can all be found in Southbank, making it an essential

Venues include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Malthouse Theatre, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Melbourne Recital Centre. The Polly Woodside Maritime Museum and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, also known as "Jeff's Shed" after a former premier.

Southbank's population has exploded in recent years as a result of the area's rapid and extensive residential development. The majority of people here reside in high-rise apartment buildings, with the 300-meter-tall Eureka Tower serving as the tallest example. With 92 stories, this tower is among the highest in the world when it comes to housing people.

Located at Southbank's westernmost tip, the new suburb place and name of "South Wharf" were officially established in May 2008 by the Victorian Government. It incorporates the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as well as the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum.

There are no people living in South Wharf, but there is a small business district and economy there. Construction of a new convention centre, hotel, and substantial retail space are still in the planning stages for this area.

Williamstown

Even though Williamstown may try to set itself apart from the rest of the western suburbs by virtue of its high home prices and hip beach scene, it is, in fact, an extremely valuable asset to the rest of the western suburbs. Stop by The Coffee Shed at Anchorage Restaurant in Parsons Marina on your way to the beach.

The side deck is surrounded by sun all day long, and the views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay are breathtaking on a clear day.

In case you're into jogging or cycling and need a break, this is the perfect little coffee shop to stop into for a beverage. Pick up a toasted panini or drool over Little Bertha's delicious cakes and biscuits if hunger strikes.

Footscray

West 48 on Essex street is a stalwart of good coffee and simple, fresh food. Dash in and select from the glowing food cabinet of sweet and savoury delights, or perch at the communal workman's bench and peruse the menu whilst sipping on an Allpress brew. 

Breakfast is served all day, and lunch commences from 11:00 am, with the likes of bircher muesli with almonds, cinnamon and grated apple; a prawn roll with homemade aioli and rocket; and pesto eggs on toast, to name a few. West 48 boasts tasty and trustworthy fare.

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Seddon

If you missed our mention of Advieh in our best avo on toast article, you have no excuse now not to order one of our favourite hangover cures of all time. This Middle Eastern/ North African themed joint adds a bit of spice to the mix with their creative and substantial dishes, which makes sense considering the name Advieh is also the name of a spice used in Persian cuisine. 

If you're hungry, the staff are more than happy to prepare a banquet of delicious share-plates, including shish kebabs, salads, fresh pita loaves of bread and dips, dolmades, fritters and spiced meats. 

The Turkish sausage omelette is a surefire hunger buster, with onions, peppers, Napoli sauce and that added spice option (do it!). Do not miss out on the massive signature arincini balls, which tend to sell out quickly – these are full of flavour and satisfaction.  

Spotswood

New Zealander Bobby Green, formerly of Auction Rooms, and her Australian husband Andrew Gale, formerly head chef at The Station Hotel in Footscray, run this hidden gem (another standout food venue in the area).

This cafe has risen to prominence in the West thanks to its combination of excellent coffee and delicious fare.

Locally sourced ingredients and an English theme (Gale is originally from England) ensure that dishes like the Duchess of Pork (crispy pig's jowl with fried eggs, rich truffle sauce, and sourdough) and the Prince of Wales (house-smoked salmon with horseradish, farro, white beans, and poached eggs) will both impress and satisfy.

The Gnoccin' on Heaven's door and the asparagus and goat cheese tart are two examples of the restaurant's vegetarian and vegan offerings. This cafe's dishes have made a name for Spotswood.

FAQs About Melbourne's Best Foodie Suburbs

Look up any list of Melbourne’s hottest places to eat and drink, and Fitzroy is always generously represented: Naked For Satan, Neighbourhood Wine, Miss Katie’s Crab Shack, Black Pearl, Cutler and Co and Belle’s Hot Chicken are all on the menu.

Melbourne’s best foodie suburbs to buy into have been revealed, with Carlton North and Princes Hill topping the list of mouth-watering prospects.

The inner-north suburb is well connected via an easy tram ride to the city and offers great parklands along with the scenic Merri Creek Trail through the northern suburbs. Considered one of the best places to live among millennials, Collingwood has transformed from its rough roots into one of the city’s coolest hubs.

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