Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Melbourne is a great city for those who love food!

There is an abundance of affordable and high quality cuisine especially around the CBD. Some areas to visit for eating and drinking out are Little Collins street, Lonsdale street, Flinders lane and Little Bourke street.

Here are a list of restaurants worth trying out while you're in town:

Aspro Ble

Lonsdale Street in the city centre is a Greek precinct and that is where this friendly little Greek Tapas restaurant is located. This Greek restaurant does not only provide friendly service, the are also gluten-free friendly, have outdoor dining option and live music as well. The Mezze plate and slow roast lamb are among many of their popular dishes. They do get busy so making a booking is advisable.

Bar Lourinha

This little Spanish Tapas bar is cozy, the staff are warm and friendly. Even though it is open late as a bar 3 nights a week, the food is to die for and there are tables to have a proper sit-down dinner at, whether it's a romantic date or a family affair this intimate spot provides a great atmosphere. Favourites on the menu are the Roasted Mushrooms and the Prawn Ceviche.

Chin Chin

Helluva fun place to eat and drink this bar/restaurant combines pop culture and great food. Fresh ingredients, contemporary and inventive dishes, the food is not to be joked about. Reminiscent of Ms G's in Sydney, this Asian cafeteria on Flinders Lane is also walk-in only. But if there's a line, it's worth the wait.

Cumulus Inc.

Open kitchen, airy dining room and well dispersed seating describes this cafe/bar/bistro/fine-diner. Yes Cumulus Inc. is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving you the opportunity to visit at any occasion. Serving modern Australian with simple food combinations yet fresh ingredients the dishes amicably satisfying.

The Hardware Societe

The perfect place for brunch, right near Flagstaff Gardens, The Hardware Societe features outdoor seating with sunshine-yellow chairs and pot plant herbs. This sweet cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, serving fine ingredients in interesting combinations. From savoury favourites like the Baked Eggs to sweet treats like the Bircher muesli with vanilla and rosewater pears, macadamias and blueberry syrup, they offer food to satisfy all your taste buds.

Bar Humbug

Bar Humbug is a local favourite. With an inconspicuous entrance, modern pub grub, it is trendy without being pretentious. As it is a bar, it is open late 6 nights a week but 5 days a week it also serves lunch. Located on Little Bourke street, it's a great spot for work lunches. The extensive wine list makes this a great spot for wine lovers.

Where to stay?

As Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, there is no shortage of accommodation. The Docklands area is right near the CBD (without actually being in the rush of it al), it has waterfront views of the Yarra as well as the famous Etihad Stadium. On a sunny day it is teeming with locals and tourists hence a few apartments and hotels near the Docklands Melbourne have sprung. The high-rises with water views and it's proximity to the gastronomical delights in the area makes this a great place to experience Melbourne.

During Summer there are a few Melbourne hotel deals on so don't forget to check them out before you head down for a tasting.

Here is a map of the wine and dine locations in Melbourne CBD:https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=481260

What is your favourite place to wine and dine at in Melbourne?

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