When we make plans for our trips, they tend to revolve around food. Which district should we stay in that has the most best food in the area, for instance. Yes, we are complete and unabashed foodies.

For Melbourne, it was no different. Staying in the heart of Melbourne CBD, we set out to find the best food around our apartment. It seemed like a daunting task at first – the sheer variety of food available here! – but we somehow managed to fit them into the months that we stayed there.

If you’re the type that likes variety, you’re in luck. Melbourne CBD boasts a wide spread of cuisines and restaurants, from Australian (obviously) to Malaysian, and then some.

Here are our top 35 places to eat in (and around) Melbourne CBD that we tried and approved of – they all have our stamp of approval. Try them out!

Do take note: when we say best, sometimes we mean value-for-money, and sometimes we just mean it’s the best in class. So yes, a cheaper place might not have the best food, but it could be the best for its price range – and vice versa.

Best burgers in Melbourne CBD

1. Huxtaburger

Huxtaburger Address: Rear of 357 Collins Street
Recommendations: Huxtaburger, Theo

2. Mr Burger

Mr Burger Address: 428 Little Bourke Street
Recommendations: Mr Burger, Mr Double, Trucker Chips

3. 8bit.

8bit Address: 231 Swanston Street
Recommendations: 8bit with Cheese, Double Dragon, Crispy Onion Rings

4. The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

The Grand Trailer Park Taverna Address: 87 Bourke Street
Recommendations: Francis Underwood, any Milkshake

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5. Fancy Hank’s

Fancy Hank’s Address: 1/79 Bourke Street
Recommendations: Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, Buffalo Wings

6. The Hardware Societe

The Hardware Societe Address: 118-120 Hardware Street
Recommendations: Scallop and Tuna Millefeuille

7. University Cafe

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University Cafe Address: 257 Lygon Street
Recommendations: Tortellini in Brodo

8. The Grain Store

The Grain Store Address: 517 Flinders Lane
Recommendations: BLT, Wild Mushrooms and Poached Eggs

9. Queensberry Pourhouse

Queensberry Pourhouse Address: 210 Queensberry Street, Carlton
Recommendations: Grain Sourdough Toast (with Handmade Almond and Coconut Butter), Butter Croissant, any Coffee

10. Big Boy BBQ

Big Boy BBQ Address: Shop 2, 27-31 Hardware Lane
Recommendations: Little Boy

11. Stalactites Greek Restaurant

Stalactites Greek Restaurant Address: 177-183 Lonsdale Street
Recommendations: Mixed Souvlaki

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12. Mook Ji Bar

Mook Ji Bar Address: 406 Lonsdale Street
Recommendations: Stir Fried Beef Sweet Potato Noodles, Kimchi Soup

13. Toodouri Restaurant

Toodouri Restaurant Address: 260 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
Recommendations: Toodouri Pork Set

14. Darac Grill & Bar

Darac Grill & Bar Address: 51 A’Beckett Street
Recommendations: Cheese Kimchi Sausage Stew

15. Oppa Korean Kitchen

Oppa Korean Kitchen Address: 271 Swanston Street
Recommendations: Boneless Soy Garlic Chicken, Bulgogi Beef Bibimbap, Kimchi Soup

16. Gami Chicken and Beer

Gami Chicken and Beer Address: 100 Little Lonsdale Street
Recommendations: Gami Boneless Chicken (Sweet Chilli and Soy Garlic Sauce)

17. Sam Sam

Sam Sam Address: 209 Swanston Street
Recommendations: Sam Sam Boneless Chicken (Sweet & Spicy and Soy Garlic Sauce)

18. ChangGo

ChangGo Address: 70 Little La Trobe Street
Recommendations: 8 Colorful Flavours of Pork Belly BBQ Set

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19. Don Don

Don Don Address: 198 Little Lonsdale Street
Recommendations: Sukiyaki Don, Buta Teriyaki Don

20. Ramen Bankara

Ramen Bankara Address: 305 Swanston Street
Recommendations: Ramen Bankara, Tsukemen

21. Tokui Sushi

Tokui Sushi Address: 260 Lonsdale Street
Recommendations: California Roll, Salmon Roll

22. Sushi Monger

Sushi Monger Address: 17/309-325 Bourke Street
Recommendations: Salmon Chirashi Zushi

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23. Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam

Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam Address: 241 Swanston Street
Recommendations: Obviously, Pho with any meat

24. Pho Dzung City Noodle Shop

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Pho Dzung City Noodle Shop Address: 234 Russell Street
Recommendations: Again, Pho with any meat

25. Kim Sing Chinese Restaurant

Kim Sing Chinese Restaurant Address: Port Phillip Arcade, 228 Flinders Street
Recommendations: Fried Chicken Chop Rice

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26. American Donut Kitchen

American Donut Kitchen Address: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market
Recommendations: Hot Jam Doughnuts

27. Spanish Donut Van

Spanish Donut Van Address: Peel Street, Queen Victoria Market
Recommendations: Churros

28. Frozen By A Thousand Blessings

Frozen By A Thousand Blessings Address: Melbourne Central, Level 2
Recommendations: Froyo

29. Yo-Chi

Yo-Chi Address: Port Phillip Arcade, 228 Flinders Street
Recommendations: Froyo

30. Hash Speciality Coffee & Roasters

Hash Speciality Coffee & Roasters Address: 113 Hardware Street
Recommendations: Hot Chocolate

31. Dex2rose

Dex2rose Address: 377 Little Bourke Street
Recommendations: Any Gelato

32. Pidapipo

Pidapipo Address: 299 Lygon Street
Recommendations: Triple Scoop of any Gelato (we especially love the Hazelnut and Mango flavors)

33. Spring Street Grocer

Spring Street Grocer Address: 157 Spring Street
Recommendations: Any Fruity Gelato

34. Theobroma Chocolate Lounge

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge Address: Shop T157, Melbourne Central, 211 LaTrobe Street
Recommendations: Theobroma Hot Chocolate (Milk)

35. La Belle Miette

Le Belle Miette Address: 30 Hardware Lane
Recommendations: Any Gelato / Macaron

Did we miss any of your favorite food in Melbourne CBD out? Let us know in the comments below!