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Top Melbourne restaurants by The Insider's

top Melbourne restaurantsIf you're near St Kilda beach we recommend heading into Bella Cosi and trying one of these delicious Silence of the Lamb burgers. Mouth watering!

Writing about food is subjective and not an easy thing to do to say the least, possibly the hardest for us in this guide, not in terms of writing about them or, you know, the easy part of eating the delicious food, but in terms of getting around to as many as possible however this is our top Melbourne restaurants guide.

All the iconic destinations throughout the world have a big food culture attached to them and Melbourne is no different.

That makes it an integral part of any trip, dissecting when and where you’re going to eat and with more than 6000 restaurants and cafes the options are aplenty.

Now we’re not going to write about the big fast food chains or pretty much any franchise really because let’s face it we and you know what to expect from them and we completely understand that sometimes it’s the best choice available to grab something quick and cheap under certain circumstances.

Having said that to truly experience a location you need to eat from the restaurants and cafes and taste not only the food, but the atmosphere and we have some terrific cost effective and time sensitive locations.

When we’re talking about Melbourne’s food culture it is like someone has just picked up the best parts of the world and plonked them into the one city.

The diversity is unbelievable and no matter what cuisine you are sure to be able to get a seat at a restaurant. You will have to be quick with some of these though because these are the top ones with many of them where the locals love to eat.

One of the must do spots, not just to eat, but to experience is Chinatown, right in the heart of the CBD. This is well worth spending a night there to have great food and entertainment.

You can really feel the buzz and excitement in the air during the evenings.

Perhaps the most iconic of locations is on the boulevard along the Yarra River which really can be perfect for that romantic dinner for two, but it also has fantastic family dining options as well.

These two are classic examples and are fine choices if you decide to go there and it's why we classify many of these as top Melbourne restaurants, however for a starter we will be concentrating on some of the lesser known locations that aren’t too far away from the CBD just like Bella Cosi in St Kilda.

Now let me just preface this whole restaurant guide by saying we are not saying we’re these brilliant food critics. We know what we like, and we will just give you our honest opinion without trying to dazzle you with big words or anything like that.

It’s as simple as that. These are the top Melbourne restaurants we have come across. We don't put every single place we try in here, so you can be rest assured the dining options in here are remarkable.

As you can see too Simon loves his food and has never missed a meal lol, so he is probably correct with what he says though!

We will endeavour to get to as many restaurants as possible, giving you a selection in all locations and having the key criteria of price, cuisine and theme.

If we’re missing a top Melbourne restaurant that you know of or you would like to know more about a specific place, please drop us a line and we will update as needed.


Bella Cosi – Port Melbourne

This place is exactly the reason why we started this guide as more people of the world need to know about it.

Specialising in authentic Italian and homestyle cooking you are greeted with a warm smile and electric energy that all staff have as soon as you walk in.

The space is certainly cosy, this adds to the relaxed atmosphere and the location is outstanding being on Beach Street, just metres from both the Port Melbourne Beach and Spirit Station Pier where the Melbourne to Tasmania ferry docks.

It is best during the warmer months obviously with seating outside, overlooking the wonderful beach.This place is exactly the reason why we started this guide as more people of the world need to know about it.

Specialising in authentic Italian and homestyle cooking you are greeted with a warm smile and electric energy that all staff have as soon as you walk in.

The space is certainly cosy, this adds to the relaxed atmosphere and the location is outstanding being on Beach Street, just metres from both the Port Melbourne Beach and Spirit Station Pier where the Melbourne to Tasmania ferry docks.

It is best during the warmer months obviously with seating outside, overlooking the wonderful beach.

Full detais on Bella Cosi Here.

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