Melbourne boasts some of the best cafes and restaurants in the country, and when you get out into the regional areas, you can discover some of the true delights this great state has to offer. Victoria prides itself on its awesome food, great coffee and friendly hospitality.
The kitchens of almost every part of the world are represented in Melbourne's city centre and the waterfront dining district of Southbank. From cheap and cheerful to the most exclusive fine dining, Melbourne has something to offer every visitor.
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Chinese cuisine is diverse and there are many restaurants that describe themselves as being fusion, combining the food of several Asian countries into a single dining experience. Enjoy Chinese favourites such as noodles, rice, dumplings and Asian vegetables.
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Food is at the heart of the French culture. French restaurants offer exquisite cuisine that is influenced by its neighbours Italy and Germany. There is an emphasis on fresh vegetables, stewed meats, quiches, soft cheese, and desserts including delectable pastries and rich cakes.
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The south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh was home to many Greek immigrants and has a large concentration of Greek cafes and restaurants. Sample their Mediterranean cuisine which includes souvlaki, moussaka, spicy lamb, and the liberal use of lemon juice, olive oil, thyme and feta cheese in their dishes.
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Indian restaurants can be found throughout Melbourne and are also popular in regional areas. From traditional curry houses to elegant restaurants, spicy and creamy Indian flavours can be enjoyed in many areas.
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Tantalise your taste buds with Melbourne's best selection of Italian cafes and restaurants at inner city Carlton. They don't call this suburb "Little Italy" for nothing! Italian restaurants are also prolific in Melbourne's inner suburbs and in regional centres. Many Italian restaurants specialise in traditional cuisine including fresh house-made pasta, wood-fired pizzas, delicious risotto and fine cured meats.
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The Japanese kitchen has an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Enjoy traditional offerings such as miso soup, rice, noodles, grilled fish, sushi and fresh vegetables. Wash it down with a sake for that complete Japanese experience.
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The Thai culture of placing value not only on the taste, but also the smell and look of food, can be found alive and well at a number of authentic Thai restaurants within both Melbourne and regional areas.
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Enjoy colourful Vietnamese cuisine, with its emphasis on fish sauces, rice, noodle soup, fresh vegetables and herbs. To fully immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture, head to the heart of Melbourne's Vietnamese community on Victoria Street in Richmond, known as "Little Saigon".
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