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797 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
A Carlton North spot serving hot trays of gnocchi for lunch and dinner.
Isan Soul Thai Street Food
98 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Eat spicy northeastern Thai-style street food surrounded by colourful tuk-tuks at this CBD spot.
Pelicana Chicken Melbourne
163 Franklin Street, Melbourne
With 2000 stores in South Korea, the famed chain has finally brought its 11 fried chicken flavours to Australia.
312 New Street, Brighton
An Italian spot in Brighton with two Bar Carolina chefs, margherita cocktails and salted caramel mini 'Magnums'.
88 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham
A colourful Cheltenham corner cafe serving up locally roasted coffee and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.
New Student Precinct, University Of Melbourne, Parkville
An all-vegan and mostly gluten-free cafe fighting youth homelessness with jaffles and coffee.
Sister of Soul Richmond
77 Swan Street, Richmond
An all-day, all-vegan eatery on Swan Street.
1 Globe Alley, Melbourne
A rock 'n' roll Chinatown dive bar serving up free gigs and towering burgers.
236 High Street, Northcote
An authentic Macedonian restaurant in Northcote with an open fire, fairy light-lit courtyard and live music.
Nagambie Brewery and Distillery
295 High Street, Nagambie
A lakeside brewery and distillery worthy of a weekend road trip — it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews — PERMANENTLY CLOSED
399 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
A mod-Asian tuck shop with bubble tea cocktails in the CBD.
Flovie Florist Cafe
261-263 Queensberry Street, Carlton
Carlton's colourful florist and cafe, with fluffy soufflé hotcakes, by the co-owner of White Mojo.
10 Katherine Place, Melbourne
A sprawling new cafe that marks the second CBD venue for the Melbourne institution.
Shop 8, One Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins Street, Docklands
A specialty coffee spot just a short stroll from Southern Cross Station.
Dragon Hot Pot Russell Street
213 Russell Street, Melbourne
This Malatang hot pot chain's CBD outpost is open 24/7.
The Carringbush Hotel
228 Langridge Street, Abbotsford
This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.
Di Stasio Citta
45 Spring Street, Melbourne
Part art gallery, party Italian restaurant, this CBD is the second outpost of St Kilda's Cafe Di Stasio.
Pretty Boy Italian Steakhouse
A steak and pasta joint inspired by the steakhouses of New York.
Gotcha Fresh Tea
398 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
This Taiwanese bubble tea chain specialises in teas with everything from charcoal, cumquat, collagen and even cheese foam.
1 Palmer Street, Richmond
Helmed by two AFL players and a hospitality veteran, this Richmond spot is serving up pork belly bao and $5 Aperol spritzes (during happy hour).