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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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christoskontas 🇬🇷
Thessaloniki, Greece6,262 contributions
Dec 2019
The chinatown is consisted of some blocks in the city center of Melbourne. We didn't see anything special accept of too many restaurants and cheap shops. Busy neighborhood with nightlife. Υou will find some really good Chinese restaurants here.
Written March 8, 2020
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia13,863 contributions
Jan 2023
My wife and I visited this place recently to have lunch and to see the Chinese New Year decorations.

Chinatown is gradually recovering from the slump caused by the six lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully, it will thrive once again by the end of this year.
Written January 24, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia12,367 contributions
Jan 2022
Lunar New Year is always a joyous time in Chinese communities. It's time to celebrate the old year and bring in the New Year. Times have been tough in Chinatown, it's time to welcome a prosperous and happy New Year. For the younger ones, it's time to get gifts of money, the "Red Envelopes." Of course, everyone will sit down to a bounteous feast, and hope that next year everyone's luck is better.
Written January 26, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia12,367 contributions
May 2021
Chinese people have lived in Australia for centuries, but the real influx began with the Great Australian Gold Rush in 1851, when Chinese miners arrived to seek their fortune. Chinatown has always been a community centre, one can see such things as the Kuo Min Tang Hall and the Chinese Christian Mission. Of course, restaurants great and small have always been a feature of Chinatown, from the illustrious Flower Drum to humble noodle shops. Chinatown is in Little Bourke St, running from Swanston St to Exhibition St.
Written May 29, 2021
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Amy
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Feb 2020
There are a lot of old buildings here that look very historic. They feel like Chinese buildings. The square buildings are very beautiful and Chinese characters on them.I couldn't resist the temptation to go in every one of them.
Written June 2, 2020
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia13,863 contributions
Dec 2021
Chinatown is now a shadow of its former glory. The Covid-19 pandemic and six lockdowns in Melbourne have taken a severe toll on the business community in Chinatown.

Many shops and restaurants are now empty. My wife and I visited this place to have a look at the impact of the pandemic. It is a sad sight to behold. The attached photographs indicate how desolate the place has become.
Written December 17, 2021
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland25,857 contributions
Nov 2019
A fascinating feature of many large cities outside China are the 'Chinatown's' established by Chinese immigrants. The one in Melbourne started with the the gold rush in the 1850's, just about the same time as the one in San Francisco with the California gold rush. While the Chinatown in San Francisco got destroyed with the 1906 earthquake and has since been rebuilt, the Chinatown of Melbourne now can call itself the longest continously inhabited Chinatown outside Asia.

Located along the eastern part of Little Bourke Street between Swanston and Spring Street it is now to a great extent an area of eating places, not just of China, but several other Asian culsines as well. Still the typical symbols of a Chinatown are there, such as the red lanterns hanging above the street and the 'Paifang', the typical gateways with Chinese inscriptions at the entrances.

The 'Facing Heaven' archway on Cohen Plaza, not far from the Chinese Museum, is the most noteworthy of all the five here, a replica of a Ming Dynasty arch with two Imperial Guard Lions beside it.
Written February 3, 2020
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
Oct 2020
Chinatown hosts numerous restaurants, from the up-market Flower Drum to humble dumpling shops. The Chinese have been Victoria for a long time now, and they have made their mark. Chinatown is in Little Bourke St, east of Swanston Street. The Chinese Museum is worth seeing.
Written October 8, 2020
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,198 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Like most of Melbourne, Chinatown consists of numerous, alleys laneways and arcades darting in both directions off of Little Bourke Street, between Swanston and Spring Streets.

Although so much of Melbourne has changed over the many years, the iconic Chinatown, has remained relatively the same as far as we can mostly remember.

This of course, is except for the new and evolving restaurants within, and it’s not just the food venues to experience.

There are also other retailers like the boutiques, bookshops, Karaoke bars, nightclubs, Asian food grocers and even accommodation is available within this district.

We did dine in at one of the more popular dumpling houses, but that story for another review.

After dinner, take a walk along the strip both to burn off some calories and also to enjoy the evening neon lights and the Chinese lanterns above the street.

Make sure to pick up the Chinatown brochure for lots of general info, either from your hotel, or one of the Visitor Information Centres.
Written March 30, 2019
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HelonHols
Australian Capital Territory, Australia107 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
You don't 'go' to Chinatown in Melbourne, you just find yourself there, as it's integrated - or that's how it feels. We walked through it several times, enjoying the hustle and bustle, the evidence of 'something different but something normal' of it all, with small stairwells up to casinos, roast ducks hanging in windows, and cafes full to the brim of customers - always a good sign.
Written February 26, 2018
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