Melbourne is a cultural melting pot. With residents who came from all over the world, you can imagine that Melbourne’s food scene is a very diverse one! From great pub food to world class coffee, you can find it all here! Check out our video at the bottom of this page to see some of our favourite culinary delights to enjoy in Melbourne.
Melbourne’s food scene contains amazing Pub Food
The pub food you have to try when you are in Melbourne is the chicken parmigiana, or Parma as it’s called in Australia. This dish is derived from Italian cuisine. A chicken schnitzel is topped with ham, tomato sauce and cheese and served with chips and salad. A real Melbourne Pub Classic! Most pubs have a “parma night” so you can get great deals. We loved “The Cornish Arms” in Brunswick. It’s spacious inside and there is a nice beer garden behind the pub.
One of the most popular and influential cuisines in Melbourne’s food scene is the Chinese one. You can find Chinese restaurants all around Melbourne but the best place to go is, of course, Chinatown. Melbourne’s Chinatown is situated in the city centre. It was established during the gold rush in the 1850’s when the first immigrants form China arrived to Australia. Since then Chinatown has grown considerably and in the 20th century it gradually became popular for the non Chinese residents of Melbourne to go for a meal in the Chinese restaurants. One of our favourite places to eat in Chinatown is the “Sichuan House”. We absolutely love the Yu Xiang eggplant. Eggplant that has been marinated in fish sauce and caramelised. And the cumin pork ribs are another favourite.
The Queen Victoria Market
A place that is a must-visit if you love good food is the Queen Victoria Market. This market is a real landmark in Melbourne and an important place in Melbourne’s food scene. It’s the only surviving 19th century market in the city and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. It’s also the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. At the Victoria Markets you can buy all sorts of delicious ingredients to cook your own meal. From fresh fruits and vegetables to meat and seafood. And don’t miss out on the deli! When you are hungry from all the shopping, get some delicious donuts. There is a jam donut van that’s been at the Victoria Markets since the 1950’s. The donuts are fresh and warm and the old van is a bit of a Melbourne icon.
If you are in Melbourne during the summer months you can enjoy the Vic Night Markets. Every Wednesday night, more than 50 street food traders cook up dishes from around the world and combined with the live music it makes for the perfect groovy summer vibe! Check the website of the Queen Victoria Markets for opening hours and events.
Pay as you feel
In “Lentil as Anything” things work a bit different than in most restaurants. This quirky vegetarian place is a pay as you feel restaurant. It all started as a hang out for artists and earth conscious people and it became a real community. Lentil as Anything gives people the opportunity to eat out regardless of their financial situation. The first Lentil as Anything opened in St Kilda and because it’s been a big succes, there are now 3 more restaurants in Melbourne and there is even one in Sydney.
Last but not least, Coffee
Melbourne’s many Italian residents have a lot to do with the massive coffee culture in this city. The people of Melbourne have taken Italian coffee to a different level, gave a spin to it and now make some of the best coffees in the world. The Australian Flat White is popular all over the globe. So when you are in Melbourne, make sure to go to one of the many cool cafes, order a coffee and sit back and relax. A cafe we love to go to and that is featured in our video is “A Minor Place” in Brunswick.