Visiting any new city can be daunting. You won’t know which are the best neighbourhoods to visit and explore, and you certainly won’t be familiar with the food scene. You’ll probably end up eating in some overpriced restaurant that is only there to rinse all the tourists.
Well, thankfully, I’m now here to help all you tourists who are heading to Melbourne. After you’ve read this guide to some of Melbourne’s best bites, you won’t have to worry about any expensive, tasteless meals. Here’s my complete guide to the best eateries that are near some of the city’s most popular attractions.
As soon as they step off the plane, most tourists sort out a hire car from a car rental Melbourne Airport company and head straight to Federation Square. This square is architecturally impressive and was opened in 2002 to celebrate 100 years of federation. As it’s the first point of call for most visitors to the city, you can imagine that most of the eateries around it are tourist traps. But that’s not the case with Chocolate Buddha. This delightful restaurant showcases the best of Japanese cuisine. Believe me, sushi is the perfect antidote to the hot weather that Melbourne experiences!
Pure South Dining
After you’ve visited the Southbank and Arts Centre, take the ten-minute walk to Pure South Dining. This is a very sophisticated restaurant that serves some of the best Australian food. The focus here is on dishes that have originated in Tasmania and King Island, and the restaurant also uses fresh produce that has come from these regions.
After you’ve watched a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you will no doubt be very ready for a bite to eat. How about some pasta at one of Melbourne’s finest Italian kitchens? This place serves up some authentic Italian cuisine that is truly rustic. The rich tomato sauces and hearty pasta will certainly fill you up! It also features an excellent wine list that shows just how wonderful Italians are at making wine!
Located just a short walk away from the National Gallery of Victoria, Blondie Bar is another great restaurant serving up some fantastic Asian food. They have well-stocked fridges of local craft beer that all pair perfectly to the Chinese dumplings and filling noodle soups. They also have plenty of outdoor seating, so you can always enjoy your meal under the warm, Melbournian sun. Just don’t forget to stay well protected with plenty of sunscreen and a hat!
We all know that being a tourist and sightseeing all day can help you build up a big appetite. Well, imagine teaming up sightseeing and shopping! That’s what most tourists do when they are wandering down Collins Street as this is close to some stylish boutiques and the city’s famous shopping arcades. Helpfully, it’s also where you will find the Bistrot d’Orsay, which is well-known for its classic French cooking and elegant atmosphere.
Welcome to Melbourne – and bon appetit!