Melbourne is known for its thriving coffee and food culture. The city has embraced its multicultural background and diverse cuisine by blending it with Australian native tastes and making it hard to beat the great offer of places to eat in Melbourne.
With hundreds of eateries reviewed online it is easy to map out the best cafes in Melbourne cbd by searching online or simply following the recommendation of a local. I love discovering new places by walking Melbourne Laneways and being inspired by its vibe.
On my food explorations what I look for is an overall good experience which translates into quality food prepared with passion and fresh ingredients, cosy ambiance and good value. Here are my picks for the best places to eat in Melbourne.
Italian Food in Melbourne – Vapiano Restaurant
I may be biased, but Italian food is unarguably the backbone of Melbourne food culture and the city boasts excellent Italian eateries. As a pizza and pasta lover I was delighted to stumble upon Vapiano Restaurant. I love this place because of the highly engaging and creative experience, which goes beyond eating good Italian food. Here you can watch the chefs making fresh pasta and pizza dough as well as preparing your own dish in front of you. And the best part, you can create your own recipe by choosing the ingredients for the pizza toppings or for pasta sauce. For the excellent, freshly produced quality food I give Vapiano thumbs up. While it is perfect for lunch, the comfortable ambiance with soft lights, cosy areas and balconies makes it also ideal for dining out. Located at 347 Flinders Lane, a short walk from Federation Square.
Places to eat in Melbourne – Coffee and Breakfast
While it is almost impossible to get a bad coffee in Melbourne I felt that many Melbourne cafes don't offer a friendly environment and their ambiance (at times) leaves much to desire! Here are just a few places that stand out from the crowd for their offerings, their clean desing and pleasant ambiance.
The Grain Store – best place for Organic Food If you love organic food this is the place. Here you can taste European recipes blended with fresh Australian produce. From quinoa, goji berries combined in sweet and savoury breakfast to different types of grain rolls, baguettes and sandwiches. Its clean design of painted timber, marble and flowers make it to my favourite places to eat in Melbourne.
Krimper – quirky interior design and good food I stumbled upon this place while strolling along Melbourne's Lanes. The place, tucked away in the Guildford Lane, was first a sawmill, later a cabinetmaking factory which was then converted into a restaurant. The inviting design is made with the original lift car in the centre of the room, various cabinets and quirky lamps from old wheels and chains hanging from the cealing. The food menu has fine French and Japanese influences. It is also a great place for breakfast.
Melbourne best places to eat on the Go
These are my favourite places to eat when you are on the run.
Rice Workshop – Juicy Japanese Food on the Go I discovered Rice Workshop while strolling in China Town. This small place located on the corner Tattersalls Street and Bourke Street offer excellent Japanese food to take away or to eat inside. I loved my Tofu Rice Salad. Vegetarian can find a good choice on the menu. They also offer a delicious soft ice.
BON the Healthy Fast food concept – I felt attracted by this place by their fresh offerings. Here you can get healthy pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and soups to take away, but you can also dine-in in their shop in the Hardware Lane corner Little Bourke Street.
Bonnie Coffee Brewers – excellent coffee on the go This place is number one in Melbourne if you are a coffee lover with a demanding taste. Here you are lucky enough to brew your own coffee blend right on the spot. The place offers different variety of blends, filter coffee and cold drip coffee. There is no food, just coffee and cookies. Located a short walk from Southern Cross Station.
Mc Cafe for best value Coffee and Muffins on the Go I love a breakfast with Muffin & Cappuccino and can easily become addicted to it. There are many places in Melbourne where you can eat good breakfast and drink a good coffee. Mc Cafe (from Mc Donald's) has an excellent offer of bakery and muffins. Their deca-capuccino and Walnut Carrot Wholebrain Muffin are my favourite and get the prize for the best value Breakfast in Melbourne.
This is a short list of the best places to eat in Melbourne which will help you experience some of the finest eateries and cafes in the CBD. You may be also interested in reading about my healthy eating tips for travelling around Australia.
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