The Top 10 Cheap Places To Eat In Melbourne, Australia

Photo of Herta Nune
20 November 2016

Choosing a place for dinner while traveling can be daunting, especially if you are looking for good food and fast, friendly service. These 10 picks are sure to satisfy a wide spectrum of cravings.


Restaurant, Australian, $$$
Tucked away in a narrow alleyway, Chick-in serves Korean food. It will satisfy your fried chicken cravings whether you choose their tender whole chicken for two or their amazing gang jung.The latter dish is a generous portion of boneless crispy chicken tossed together with wedges and rice noodles, coated in a scrumptious sticky sweet and spicy sauce.

Tuck Shop Take Away

Restaurant, Australian
If you are in a burger kind of mood, Tuck Shop Take Away makes hands down the best burger in Melbourne. Sporting a laid-back old school theme, this cafeteria will keep you coming back for more. Their freshly made beef patty is placed between two buttered soft brioche buns and topped with iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, American cheddar and their delicious special sauce. Every bite keeps you wanting more.


Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Along Port Melbourne’s Bay Street you will find Aagaman, an IndianNepalese restaurant serving a great variety of Indian and Nepalese specialties including vegetarian options. Try their flavor-packed chicken-tikka which comes with a mint chutney or the Nepalese version of dumplings Momos. This restaurant also features a lunch special thali that comes with delicious warm naan bread as well as a couple family-friendly offers.


Restaurant, Australian, $$$
If you are feeling a little hungry after a beach outing in Port Melbourne, stop by Skewer’d. It serves some perfectly constructed yeeros filled with a meat of your choice, hot chips, tomatoes, onion, tomato mustard all neatly wrapped in a warm pita bread.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Pasta | © Katrin Gilger/Flickr
If Italian food in on your mind, this small pasta bar with various locations in South Melbourne and St.James Place in the city lets you pick from a variety of fresh pastas and delicious sauces. They range from slow-cooked bolognese to their smoky pancetta carbonara or basil pine nut pesto. Or choose one of their equally delicious thin crust Napoli-style pizzas.

Red Petite Thai

Restaurant, Thai
Red Petite is a cozy little Thai restaurant just off South Melbourne’s busy Clarendon Street. It serves a generous sized and delicious pad thai as well as a very well balanced green curry that pairs beautifully with white rice. Finish off with one of their satisfying Chang beers.

Simply Spanish

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
It’s hard to miss the gigantic pans filled with sizzling paella when strolling through the South Melbourne market. This seafood paella at Simply Spanish is packed with flavor and quite filling. Grab a box to go and enjoy it at one of their benches and watch the market action unfold.

Borek Shop

Bakery, Dessert
Paella | © Jonathan Pincas/Flickr
At three dollars, the freshly baked generous borek pieces served at the Borek Shop are warm and delicious. Whether you choose the spicy lamb filling or the spinach and cheese, you can’t go wrong with this tasty lunch.

Kenzan Japanese Restaurant

Restaurant, Japanese
Hidden within Collins Place, Kenzan Japanese Restaurant deliver consistently great sushi. Grab a seat at the sushi counter and order the spicy tuna roll made with fresh tuna tossed in spicy mayo; justifiably a popular order. Finish up with some green tea ice cream for a light dinner.

Hunky Dory

Restaurant, Seafood, Australian, $$$
If you’re in the mood for fish and chips you can’t go wrong with Hunky Dory. It has many convenient locations and its enormous plates can easily be shared. If you’re in the South Yarra area, visit their location there as it consistently serves up crispy hot chips and perfectly grilled fish.

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