Restaurants Cafes Melbourne Suburbs

What Are The Best Restaurants & Cafes Melbourne Suburbs?

Melbourne is a delicious, delectable city to live in, where arguing about where to find the best flat white is a state sport.

If you’re moving to Melbourne and want to live in a foodie hotspot, it’s hard to go wrong as good food, laneway bars, and café options can be found sprouting out of the pavement. But some suburbs stand out for their culinary exploits.

Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural and traditional melting pot is world-renowned, combining its rich Australian heritage with numerous cultures across the globe. The result is a unique and vibrant community with a unique atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the world.

Aside from tourist attractions, Melbourne’s food culture is at the top of the list when it comes to seeking out a good time. Foodies will rejoice, as the vibrant food culture on offer by Melbourne’s various restaurants is sure to satisfy even the most meticulous of tastes.

The following list shows some of Melbourne’s most cherished foodie destinations – from Fitzroy’s eclectic mix of affordable and high-end dining to the artsy and gastronomic South Yarra – perhaps you will find a few options to add. To your list!

Melbourne’s Best Foodie Suburbs

There’s plenty of great places in the CBD, but it’s not just in the city where you’ll find Melbourne’s amazing restaurants and bars.

Take a look around your local area with these recommendations for the best restaurants across Melbourne’s suburbs.

City

Melbourne has a lot to offer regarding food, and the city plays a huge part.

Whether you want to be sipping on cocktails at the best rooftop bars, hanging out at all the restaurants that AFL players own or visiting new places that celebrity chefs have visited, you can do all of this in the city.

If this doesn’t have your mouth watering, why not try this all-day eatery with a wine store inside.

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Top 10 Inner Suburb Restaurants

  • Saint Crispin - A modern restaurant in a beautiful setting with a focus on seasonal and local produce. Visit the Saint Crispin website.
  • Union Dining, Richmond - A lovely Euro-style bistro with great food and slick service. A simple yet great value for money menu offers a la carte and share options. Visit the Union Dining website.
  • Charcoal Lane, Fitzroy - An innovative and contemporary native Australian dining restaurant housed in a beautifully restored bluestone building with excellent service from disadvantaged youth in training. Visit the Charcoal Lane website.
  • Hell of the North, Fitzroy - A hidden restaurant just off Smith St, their French menu is heavenly – A We Know Melbourne favourite. Visit the Hell of the North website.
  • Rumi, Brunswick East - Amazing Lebanese tapas-style dining in a modern and inviting setting. Visit the Rumi website.
  • Cicciolina, St Kilda - Sometimes chaotic, sometimes crowded, sometimes loud but always serving amazing Italian fare in a very atmospheric setting. It's worth the wait for a table! Visit the Cicciolina website.
  • Cutler & Co, Fitzroy - Another Andrew McConnell restaurant, this fine dining restaurant is a constant favourite amongst Melbourne diners. Visit the Cutler & Co website.
  • Newmarket Hotel, St Kilda - Enjoy Latin street food, BBQ’d meats and spicy seafood in a vibrant yet relaxed hotel atmosphere. Visit the Newmarket Hotel website.
  • DOC, Carlton - Fantastic homemade pizza made with imported produce served with loads of Italian charm, just a short walk away from Lygon St. Visit the DOC website.
  • Caffe e Cucina, South Yarra data-preserver-spaces="true"> - One of Melbourne’s pioneers of authentic Italian food, stylish but charming Italian service. Visit the Caffe e Cucina website.

Restaurants Cafes Melbourne Suburbs

What To Eat In Melbourne’s Outer ‘Burbs

You know you’re always going to find somewhere delicious to eat in Melbourne’s CBD and inner 'burbs. What can be trickier is stumbling across good cafes, bars and restaurants in suburbs that sound like made-up countries from Game of Thrones (hey there, Maidstone). That's where we come in. 

Pack the car snacks and join us as we tackle everything worth eating in Melbourne's shadowy outer burbs. A strange land of affordable housing, friendly locals and roadside tire stores. 

Keilor East | One By One

We’re so grateful for Melbourne’s brunch culture and cafes like One By One over in Keilor East. Wrap your laughing gear around pressed lamb shoulder on minted peas with cucumber, cherry tomato, tendril salad and mint yoghurt, or chia pudding with rhubarb gel, mango sorbet and macadamias. 

Whatever you pick, you’re going to want to keep coming back until you’ve tried everything on the menu.

Tullamarine | Hide and Seek

There are a couple of good places for a fish n' chips feed-in Tulla, but our top pick is Hide and Seek Fish n' Chippery. They’ve got all the classic packs, fried to perfection, but if you want something a little fancier, go for the char-grilled squid with chilli lime dressing. 

Fresh as. Be sure to come back to try their excellent burgers too (we’re going for the ‘Phat’, with its Wagyu beef patty, double cheese, bacon, chipotle mayo, jalapenos and caramelised onions).

Essendon Fields | Mr McCracken

Essendon fields or Gowanbrae? Who knows. Mr McCracken is a new-age gastropub with a big focus on live music (Friday to Sunday) and top-notch grub. The perfect spot to scoff down an artisan cheese plate (or on Friday, $2 buck oysters). 

If you’re after something more substantial, give the gnocchi with romesco tomatoes, Tuscan kale, hazelnuts and pecorino a shot. They've also got banging pizzas cooked on a 72-hour rested dough. Noice. 

Eltham | Bar Piccolo 

You know that feeling where you want to go out for a drink but don’t want to make the trek into the city? Same. 

For you lucky folk over near Eltham, you can skip that whole process—Bar Piccolo is right on your doorstep. Head down for a quick post-work glass of wine, or try out some of their cocktails. They mix and match the booze menu all the time. 

Bayswater | The Hatter and The Hare

Look, no one’s arguing Bayswater is a particularly hip and happening suburb just yet. But it does have a fantastic cafe in The Hatter and The Hare. It opened about a year ago now, and it's been capturing the eyes (and Instas) of countless hungry Melburnians ever since. 

There are some awesome lunch dishes, but with an in-house patisserie, be sure to grab at least one of the sweet treats—from flourless mocha cake to delicate eclairs.

Belgrave | Earthly Pleasures

Once you’ve finished the 1000 steps, it’s only right to reward yourself (feel free to skip the steps. We don’t judge). Coffee is good, and maybe some organic porridge with seasonal poached fruit and hazelnut dukkah. 

Or Vegan banana bread with mixed seeds and cranberries. Or thyme and garlic roasted field mushroom with house-made bourbon barbeque sauce, red cabbage and kale slaw and vegan aioli in a ciabatta bun. The point is, you can get all this and more at Earthly Pleasures café over in leafy Belgrave. Highly recommend it. 

Sherbrooke | The Piggery

Another spot for post-1000-Steps feeds. It's another venture from Shannon Bennett (Vue de Monde, Iki-time and, of course, Masterchef). The Piggery Café offers up tasty brekkies, fresh-baked in-house pastries and bread, and the most peaceful spot for a coffee ever. 

Sit outside by the lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitches as you sip your latte, and don’t forget to stop and say hello to the pigs in the pen on your way through. 

Sassafrass | Proserpina Bakehouse

Sometimes you don’t feel like scones, even if you’re in the Dandenong Ranges. Fortunately, Proserpina Bakehouse has got you covered with all sorts of tasty alternatives, including a range of freshly baked bread and cakes, with flour milled on-site. Plus, savoury offerings in the way of egg and bacon tarts, salads and quiches. It's a popular local spot. 

Glen Waverley | YOMG

There's a whole range of great food over in Glen Waverley, but we can’t go past YOMG whenever we’re after a burger fix. Keep things simple and try the Yo My With Cheese, and add pickles. Don’t forget a side of fries either—we’re not fully sure what the secret to their seasoning is, but we’re big fans.

Glen Waverley | Glenny Kebabs 

Okay, so 'restaurant' is being used loosely here, but if you're after a late-night eat (or dinner, both are good), look no further than Glenny Kebabs. It's kind of tucked away next to a petrol station, but with the crowds milling about, it's hard to miss. 

That and the assortment of muscle cars being modelled out front... Follow the masses and get yourself a quality kebab or a classic HSP. This place was even selling merch at one stage. Nothing quite like your local kebab joint offering a side of hoodies with your chips. Honourable mention to the legends at Kebab Thyme. They're no slouch. 

Rosanna | Sideshow Burgers

We don’t blame you if you haven’t even heard of Rosanna, but that’s part of its appeal. However, you will be kicking yourself for not hearing of Sideshow Burgers, the venture from hospo-pros Abbish Gupta and Julian Chew. 

There aren’t many options on the menu, only six in fact, but they’ve each been carefully thought out and use A-grade, locally sourced ingredients. If you can handle the heat, go for the Fire Eater, with its beef patty, cheese/tomato/lettuce, jalapenos and a three-sauce blend of Sriracha, chipotle and kewpie mayo. BYO milk.

Rosanna | Miss Marie 

While we’re singing Abbish and Julian’s praises, we’ve got to mention their other café, Miss Marie. Head here for a top-notch brunch (our picks are the strawberry and cream ricotta hotcakes with berries, white choc, strawberry compote, gel and sherbet or the ‘hey bloke’ for a feed to keep you full for hours), and even kick on for their lunch menu, with fresh, tasty sandwiches and burgers. It’s a Sunday, what’s the hurry?

Mickleham | Marnong Estate 

Another suburb you probably haven’t heard of, but you'll be glad you did. Mickleham doesn't have much, but it does have Marnong Estate—a $35 million tourism investment in Melbourne’s northwest. 

It’s still in its developing stages in terms of the restaurant (and upcoming vineyard, micro-brewery and coffee roasting house) but keep your eyes and ears open. This one is going to be HUGE. 

Restaurants Cafes Melbourne Suburbs

Moonee Ponds | Sorry, Miss Jackson 

Moonee Ponds has been stepping it up in the past couple of years, and there’s no clearer example than Sorry Miss Jackson—the fried chicken parlour from our dreams. This place is exactly what you’re looking for on a Friday night (because we all know healthy eating doesn’t matter on the weekend). Get yourself a serve of wings in a well-seasoned batter with a chilli kick to leave you sweating and excellent sides to finish it all off.

Moonee Ponds | Zeus Street Greek

Another Moonee Ponds classic. Zeus Street Greek has only just made its way to Victoria after trawling around the country, and it picked Moonee Ponds as its home. If you’re new to Zeus, you’ve gotta start with the signature ‘Uncle Tzimmy’ or the ‘Zeus’ pitas—you’ll probably recognise them as souls or gyros. 

Whether you go classic chicken or pork (roasted over a charcoal spit), you’re in for a good time with their mix of house-made tzatziki, onion, paprika and hot chips.

Mernda | Turner’s Bakehouse Eatery

Now and then, you just want a solid high-tea sesh, but making the trek into the Dandenong Ranges seems like a lot for a quick scone. North-west-locals, we got you. Get down to Turner’s 

Bakehouse Eatery in Mernda, and sip some Devonshire tea in a beautiful old stone farmhouse. Be sure to take home some freshly made sourdough or a savoury pastry on your way through—all baked in a historic woodfired Scotch oven over 120 years old.

Maidstone | One for the Crow

If you’re looking for a new place to get a solid vegan feed, we’ve found it at One For The Crow—a plant-based café nursery in Maidstone (Melbourne’s northwest). Think soba noodle bowls filled with green veggies, tahini-miso dressing, pickled daikon and carrot kimchi. 

Seeking a sugar hit? They’ve got vegan waffles with house-made vegan Nutella (we know), caramelised banana, soy ice cream and maple syrup. Not bad, not bad at all.

Hoppers Crossing | Morris and Heath 

Hoppers Crossing doesn’t always have the best rep, but don’t write it off just yet. Especially when they’re supplying the goods like Morris and Heath are. 

Not sure where to start with the menu? Give the lemon poppy seed and ricotta hotcakes a try, served with banana, espresso, and French vanilla whipped mascarpone and dried cranberry with sweet dukkah. Order it alongside your app, and settle in for a solid start to your weekend.

Eltham | Ginger Garlic

With the huge range of top-quality Indian restaurants around the city, it can be hard to impress. However, the humble Ginger Garlic over in Eltham has stepped up to the challenge. Their Beef Madras with fresh coriander is one of the best we've had anywhere. 

And don't leave without trying their vegetarian Tandoor Sabzi: capsicum stuffed with a mix of masala aloo, paneer and nuts, roasted and served on a sizzling hot plate with mushrooms, diced tomatoes and onions. 

Yarrambat | Tanck’s Corner

Seriously, find a more beautiful weatherboard cafe in Melbourne. Go on. We'll wait. We'd never even HEARD of Yarrambat before checking out Tanck's Corner, but damn we're glad it's now on our radar. 

Husband and wife, Chris & Sue, built this place back in 2011, and it's become a cult sleeper with locals. Swing by for lunch and try the 8-hour slow-cooked beef tacos. Soooo good. 

Mitcham | Yo Mamma

With a name like that, you know you're in for a good night. Yo, Mamma is Mitcham's buzzing pizza parlour. There's a reason this place packs out most nights—the woodfired pizzas are huge and generously topped. 

Our pick? No shame here—it's the HSP Pizza, topped with lamb, chips and three kinds of sauce (the chilli has an amazing kick). Highly recommend a good night out. 

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Reservoir

The reservoir is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km north of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Darebin. The reservoir is the largest suburb in Melbourne by land area.

The reservoir is an established suburb with traditional brick homes, weatherboard homes, and an increasing number of new developments. The region contains popular recreation areas and facilities, including Edwardes Lake and the Reservoir Leisure Centre, and is home to the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping strips.

Edwardes Street and Broadway contain many well established and iconic businesses, providing great old fashioned customer service and an old-world charm. Diversity is the foundation of Reservoir.

Post World War II saw Reservoir’s population boom attracting new Italian and Greek migrants. Over the years, its diversity has grown to include new Lebanese, Macedonian, Indian and Chinese residents to establish the area as truly multicultural.

The Eastern suburbs of Melbourne include Boroondara, Box Hill and Glen Waverley, Manningham and Nillumbik, Ringwood and surrounds. They were stretching from almost the inner suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell in Boroondara to the outer cities like Maroondah and the Dandenong Ranges.

Pakenham, located 54kms southeast of the CBD, has been one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Melbourne over the last 20 years. As a result of this popular suburb being built out, demand is now increasing for the new neighbouring suburb of Pakenham East.

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