Foodie paradise

Chinese immigration became significant from 1851 when gold was discovered in Victoria. Throughout the gold rush the needs of a growing Chinese community has been provided for in precinct of Little Burke Street. Today Chinatown extends along Little Burke Street between Swanston Street and Spring Street but the cabinet makers are long gone. Taking their place are renowned restaurants and Asian inspired shops that Melbourne locals make the perfect destination for Yum Cha on a Sunday afternoon. Cheap eating houses featuring traditional Chinese cuisine and entertainment are famous in Melbourne for the beginning of a night out and you can usually find the karaoke rooms full after 12am with revellers of all sorts. Chinatown has retained its historical character, throughout the year holding traditional festivals and activities that make this street one of the very important social and economical centres for the Chinese community.

Overlooking the Yarra River and the grandeur of historical Flinders Street Station is Southgate a well loved and much visited part of the arts and leisure precinct featuring dining, shopping and entertainment. A day tripper can be tempted by the array of food on offer in the food court or many cheap eat restaurants and cafes, while the serious diner can select from 19 restaurants. Southgate is very proud to say that it has received more ‘chef hats’ awards than any other precinct in Melbourne. Award winning restaurants such as Red Emperor, mecca, Pure South and Scusami Ristorante have all been recognised in The Age Good Food Guide. Southgate is definitely an effortless and pleasurable experience with so much on offer.

Greece is the word

Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside Greece and this is apparent in the number of Greek restaurants and shops in inner city Melbourne. Most famous for the Greek way of life is one block in the city between Swanston and Russell Street on Lonsdale Street. If there is ever a celebration or Greek festival you can be sure you will not find your way from one side to the other in a hurry as the Greek population converge in festivity. On a Saturday night at 3am you can be sure to find the Melbourne locals lined up outside Stalactites restaurant for a souvlaki and regularly seated on the footpath enjoying Greek coffee and pastries.

Lygon Street
One of the most legendary food precincts of Melbourne is Lygon Street where its origins are from the early immigration of Italian migrants to Melbourne, making Carlton the social hub. Lygon Street owes its popularity to the experience of Italian dining and the university students who frequent the area, making it a bustling social scene. Lygon Street prides itself on having the largest selection of Italian restaurants and cafes in one area of anywhere in Australia and it was the first suburb in Melbourne to encourage sidewalk dining. A leisurely walk from the city to Lygon Street and you can take a seat in one of the terraces that line the street such as the University Cafe or Tiamo’s and indulge in an authentic Italian pasta or pizza.

A few ideas on where to have a meal around the conference

Belgian Beer Cafe
5 Riverside Quay, Southbank
ph: 9690 5777
Hearty Belgium classics and plenty of beer under the city's highest skyscraper.

Beer DeLuxe
Cnr Flinders and Swantson Streets, Federation Square
ph: 9663 0166
Beers salon, beer garden, espresso cafe, casual hamburger bar in the outdoor square.

Blue Train Cafe
Mid level, Southgate
ph: 9696 0111
Inexpensive hearty meals.

Bopha Devi
27 Rakaia Way, New Quay, Docklands
ph: 9600 1887
Contemporary Cambodian cuisine with Chinese, Indian and French influences.

Cafe Vu
430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
ph: 9691 3899
Daily changing menu of breakfast and lunch trends with a French flair.

Level 1, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
ph: 9663 7660
Restaurant, bar and beer hall combined serves south east Asian food.

Fish Seafood Grill & Rotisserie
G09-G12/439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands
ph: 9640 0686
Large seafood menu, stylish interior with floor to ceiling windows.

139 Swanston Street, Melbourne
ph: 9650 1578
Vegetarian meals for the health conscious, served buffet style. 

Green Pepper Indian Restaurant
18 Bourke Street, Melbourne
ph: 9662 2963
Cuisines from all over India.

Kri Kri Mezethopoleion
39-41 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
ph: 9639 3444
Greek mezethes style offerings, ideal for vegetarians.

Laksa Me
Shop 1, 16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
ph: 9639 9885
Modern Asian cuisines.

Little Malaysia
26 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
ph: 9662 1678
Authentic Malaysian cuisine.

Lounge Upstairs
1st Floor, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne
ph: 9663 2916
Affordable food, drinks, dancing and music. 

Mecca Bah
55a NewQuay Promenade, NewQuay, Docklands
ph:  9642 1300
Modern version of Middle Eastern food with great views. 

Melbourne Yacht Club
The Upper Deck, G13-G14/439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands
ph: 9670 6610
Two levels offering various dining options.

MoVida Bar de Tapas
1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne
Phone: 9663 3038
Spanish food, top notch wine list.

Number 8 Restaurant and Wine Bar
Riverside, Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
ph: 9292 7899
Premium dining with river views and Crown’s nightly pyrotechnic display.

Oyster Little Bourke
35 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
ph: 9650 0988
Combination of cuisines and styles, fresh oysters and seafood.

Mid level, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
ph: 9699 4111
City views, menu that features the finest ingredients.

177-183 Lonsdale Street, (cnr Russell Street), Melbourne
ph: 9663 3316
Traditional Greek cuisine, open seven days a week.

66 NewQuay Promenade, NewQuay, Docklands
ph: 9640 0808
13 Different steaks of prime qualify certified Australian beef cooked over the flame.

The Press Club
72 Flinders Street, Melbourne
ph: 9677 9677
Innovative recreations of traditional Greek food.

Young and Jacksons Hotel
1 Swanston Street, Melbourne
ph: 9650 3884
Historic pub, home of “Chloe” a 19th century painting. 

Yum Cha Dragon Chinese BBQ & Restaurant
G14/427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands
ph: 9329 6868
Yum Cha style dining for lunch and dinner, open daily noon until late. 

Special Occasion

Bistro  D’Orsay 
184 Collins Street, Melbourne
ph: 9654 6498
Gallic inspired menu, intimate and cosy ambience.

Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
Departure Tram Stop No. 125, Normanby Road (near the corner of Clarendon Street), South Melbourne
Phone: 9696 4000

Flower Drum
17 Market Lane, Melbourne
ph: 9662 3655
Chinese cuisine, one of the nations’ finest restaurants.

Nobu Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
ph: 9696 6566
The world’s most recognised Japanese restaurant.

Red Emperor
Upper level, Southgate, Southbank
ph: 9699 4170
River views, a favourite for Yum Cha. 

Rockpool Bar & Grill
Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
ph: 8648 1900
Premium wagyu beef, sterling caviar and upmarket crustaceans. 

Taxi Dining Room
Level 1, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Street, Melbourne
ph: 9654 8808
Superb service and menu in spacious surrounds.

2 Flinders Street, Federation Square, Melbourne
ph: 9662 1225
Modern Australian cuisine, including emu and crocodile in an outback setting.

100 Mile Cafe
Level 3, Melbourne Central, 211 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
ph: 9654 0808
Sourcing the finest produce from the local community within a hundred mile radius.



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