This pocket-sized pastry powerhouse does creative takes on all your favourite baked goods. Their showstopping fig, honeycomb and orange crème brûlée doughnut catapulted them to (Insta)-stardom, and they’ve followed up with lust-worthy mashups like strawberry cheesecake croissants and lemon meringue cruffins. For Richmond locals, they’re a Saturday morning tradition.
A warm and ambient setting topped with award-winning cuisine, Noir Restaurant serves up contemporary French fare with a touch of class. Their innovative plates are prepared with seasonal Australian produce and paired with a handpicked selection of French and local wines. Be sure to save some room for their unique and indulgent desserts.
It’s not your usual sweets experience with Pana Chocolate, as each of their elegant products has been specifically created for everyone to enjoy. Rich in taste with a touch of luxury, their chocolate is organic, vegan-friendly and free of preservatives, dairy, gluten and soy.
Architecturally converted horse stables adjacent to picturesque heritage gardens, The Stables of Como is not just your typical coffee house. Home to beautiful functions, high teas and picnics, their cafe serves up top coffee and an all-day menu created from locally sourced products and seasonal produce picked from their own organic garden.
Burch and Purchese is a decadent store featuring precious gem-like desserts with innovative fusions of flavour. Boasting views into the kitchen where their self-proclaimed ‘edible art’ is created, the chefs craft beautiful chocolates, sweets and cakes, made fresh daily with high-quality ingredients.
The labour of love from celebrity chef Adriano Zumbo, famous for their colourful macaron creations. Dine in or takeaway, you will be greeted with an enticing counter filled with their photo-worthy signature ‘Zumarons’ along with an array of artful cakes, pastries and tarts. For a special event, you can’t go past their impressive Croquembouche.
Passionate about their heritage, Caffe e Cucina are all about bringing the best of Italy to the streets of Melbourne. Offering top quality service in their ambient Chapel Street bistro, the menu is packed with traditional a la carte fare, boasting genuine flavours and fresh ingredients.
Across from the picturesque Melbourne Botanic Gardens sits this renowned Parisian steakhouse and café, Entrecote. Featuring an all-day dining menu including its award-winning breakfast, their signature dish is the classic Porterhouse steak, enjoyed best after settling in for their daily happy hour. The best part, the waiter will come around and top up your plate with golden french fries whenever you want, yep - bottomless fries.
Influenced by the diverse flavours of the Europe, Bistro Gitan’s unique cuisine explores the traditional flavours of France, Spain, Italy and the Mediterranean. Warm and welcoming with plenty of class, this modern chic eatery serves up tapas style plates, with a generous selection of Australian and international wines and beers.
A light-filled contemporary eating house serving up award winning fare, Cumulus Inc is well-loved within the Melbourne foodie scene. Acclaimed chef Andrew McConnell is a jack of all trades, plating up simple breakfasts and modern wholesome lunch and dinners. Make sure you wander upstairs to sister bar Cumulus Up for one of their renowned cocktails.
Tucked around the corner from the iconic Prahran Markets with a constant bustle of local activity, this impressive eatery is rich in ambience and boasts a luxurious and modern setting. Theatrical and contemporary plates fill their all-day menu and are paired with highly rated coffee and tempting cocktails suitable for any time of the day.
Redefining the tastes Mexican cuisine in the Australian food scene, Mamacita serves up all the favourites in their own contemporary style. Using innovative yet authentic recipes and traditional ingredients, this laidback eatery proudly offers an extensive range of artisanal agave spirits, classic margaritas and of course, tequilas.
Light, bright and colourful with a rustic flare, this playful dessert bar offers natural and seasonal frozen yoghurt creations with an endless assortment of toppings. With a focus on creating health-conscious treats, the team at Yo-Chi use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create their high-quality desserts.
Specialists in all things burgers, this vibrant and playful eatery serves up an array of American-style fare matched with classic diner drinks and local Victorian brews. A local go-to for belly-filling feeds, Huxtaburger is loved for its timeless favourites, vegetarian creations and indulgent snacks.
A sprawling four level pub set in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane, the Garden State Hotel is perfect for any occasion. Boasting an elegant industrial setting within a classic heritage building, their Modern Australian fare is served however you like it - from bistro dining to wholesome counter meals or quick bites from their food-truck inspired kiosk.
Greeted by supersized eccentric caricatures and the hum of a bustling crowd, Chin Chin is a Melbourne institution loved by locals and hunted out by visitors. A genuine social house, the highly-rated Asian fusion fare is served with a side of vibrant art displays, constantly flowing playlists and signature Asian-inspired cocktails.
Woodfrog is one of Melbourne's best bakeries, loved for their crusty sourdough loaves and flaky pastries. Locals stream in each morning, leaving with bags of bread that'll nourish for days. The quick and mood-spiking sweets include date scones, almond croissants and fruit danishes, and they all go down a real treat.
Rustic family-style Italian cuisine embracing simple ingredients and authentic flavours, Rococo is a contemporary dining house that loves to share a meal. Boasting a huge array of antipasti, fresh pastas and pizzas, its honest Italian cuisine enjoyed best with a wine or aperitif in tow.
The second outpost of Melbourne's most well-known Greek taverna has everything that made its original location a success; hearty yet refined Mediterranean cooking in a lively, communal space. Blue and white tiles alongside soaring murals from iconic 70s Greek films are the backdrops for feasts of grilled meats and seafood, vibrant salads and traditional desserts.
Asian-style hawker feeds with a touch of disco, Gingerboy is a vibrant and playful eatery and bar. Renowned for their colourful plates and sweet treats, each dish is prepared with seasonal ingredients and is best enjoyed shared. Look out for their ‘Bottomless’ Sunday sessions, featuring endless mimosas and their signature dim sum.
Bringing back the traditional style of sharing a meal, Longrain is a genuine social house with a constant buzz of activity. Their combination of authentic South-east Asian recipes, innovative flavours and fresh produce has put this local institution on the map, with its on-trend industrial digs and Asian-inspired cocktails featuring in many-a social media blast.
Big-hitting Sicilian flavours are the order of the day at Mister Bianco, a thriving restaurant that balances sophistication with lively, intimate vibes. A seasonal menu showcases produce in modern regional fare cross antipasti, pasta and secondi, while desserts offer tradition-seeking delight in tiramisu, cannoli and chocolate tortas. As ideal for a romantic date as it is for a big family dinner, this is a venue that quickly earns itself a place on high rotation.
A sweet tooth's heaven originating from Adelaide, Haigh’s Chocolates is a heavenly chocolate shop with a nostalgic appeal. As Melbourne’s flagship store, the historic shopfront exudes an old-world charm that temps you with their assortment of chocolates, truffles, fudges and gift hampers.