Spoilt for choice 

So, you find yourself in Melbourne with a rumbling tummy, but you are not quite sure what you fancy. If you feel like taking in the ambience of the city while wandering around areas that have a concentration of cafes, pubs and restaurants in close proximity, then this is the list for you.

With so many cuisines on offer in this melting pot of cultures, it’s often hard to know what you crave - and the venues named on well meaning lists may not be to your taste, or cost prohibitive. In Melbourne most venues post their menus at the door, allowing you to see if the offering is to your taste and budget, making it easy to seek out something to appease the hunger pains. Check out the lanes and side streets off the main streets named, where often you may find even more venues.

Inner city Eat Streets:

  • Acland Street/Barkly St/Jacka Blvd/Fitzroy Street in St. Kilda
  • Bay Street/Beach Street/Rouse Street in Port Melbourne
  • Bridport Street/Victoria Avenue in Albert Park
  • Brunswick Street/Gertrude Street/Smith Street in Fitzroy
  • Degraves Street in the CBD
  • Federation Square in the CBD
  • Hardware Lane in the  CBD
  • Little Bourke Street (China Town and more) in the CBD
  • Lonsdale Street in the CBD (Greek & Asian)
  • Lygon Street in Carlton (Little Italy)
  • Rathdowne Street in Carlton (Mid priced dining)
  • Victoria Street in Richmond (Little Saigon)
  • Swan Street in Richmond (Little Greece and casual dining)


 For a mall style cluster of venues in the CBD with views of the Yarra River in the CBD try these:

  • Southgate, next to the Melbourne Arts Centre
  • Crown Casino, next to Southgate
  • Docklands, at the western end of the city

    Suburban Eat Streets:

    • Anderson Street/Ballarat Street in Yarraville
      Bay Street/Church Street in Brighton
    • Blackburn Road in Syndal (Asian and more)
    • Glenferrie Road/Burwood Road in Hawthorn
    • Glenhuntly Road in Elsternwick (Eastern European and more)
    • Glenhuntly Road/Ormond Road in Elwood
    • Hampton Street in Hampton
    • Kingsway/Coleman Pde/Springvale Road in Glen Waverley (Eastern & Western)
    • Lygon Street in East Brunswick (Cheap Eats)
    • Station Street/Whitehorse Rd/Carrington Road in Box Hill (Pan Asian Cheap Eats)
    • Sydney Road in Brunswick (North African/Middle Eastern)