Melbourne is a city that prides itself on its range of unique restaurants serving great food. Home of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the city has enough restaurants to try a new one every day of the year; we list a selection of some of the best here.
Restaurant, Bar, Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
On Collins Street, hidden at the top of a flight of stairs, behind an inconspicuous door is a high-ceilinged, authentic Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, Mamasita. Using ingredients you’d never think of to make mouth-watering Mexican delights, you’ll be sure to be singing its praises as you walk out the door. This cosy tapas bar is a great place to come with a friend or three who love to share.
Pure South provides a world-class culinary experience with some of the best produce Australia has to offer. Pure South pays homage to Australia’s most southern, and only island state, Tasmania, by using ethically cultivated ingredients assembled from local farmers, fishermen and artisan producers. This is a romantic location, which is perfect if you’re looking to try some authentic Australian fine dining that is matched with a stunning selection of Australian wines.
Naked in the Sky rooftop bar | Courtesy of Naked for Satan
Doubling as one of Fitzroy’s most popular bars, as well as one of the best restaurants in the suburb, Naked for Satan is a superb spot to eat or drink. Its intriguing décor matches the hipster feel for which Fitzroy famous. On the bottom floor you will find their revered vodka bar with a line-up of vodka from all around the world.
In an indistinct laneway between Bourke Street and Little Bourke Street is this multi-level southern-German inspired beer hall. You can be sure that you won’t leave hungry after being served a hearty schnitzel with chips and salad. Be sure to try one of the many genuine German and Austrian beers or ciders Hofbräuhaus has to offer.
The award winning Rockpool Bar & Grill, located within the chic Crown Casino complex, offers a menu that exhibits the highest quality regional produce from Australia. Inspired by the great North-American steakhouses, Rockpool provides an uncomplicated display of delicious Australian grain-fed beef.