The CBD is full of wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars and more. With so much of Melbourne’s very best on the East side of the CBD it is easy to forget about everything on the West… but we haven’t! So here we present to you our CBD Westside guide to help you find all of those wonderful hidden hotspots that rival the rest in the CBD.
The Latte Lifestyle
Great places for breakfast-brunch-lunch or just a coffee…
Café Vue | 430 Little Collins St | 9691 3899 The littlest sister of Vue De Monde is a moody little café with a nice courtyard.
Patricia Coffee Brewers | 493 Little Bourke St You have three choices for coffee: black, white or filter. Find out what all the fuss is about.
La Traiteur | 552 Lonsdale St | 9670 0039 Extra hot coffee with yummy French style fare.
Grain Store | 517 Flinders Lane All day breakfasts with a selection of delicious pastries.
Café Esc | 1P ANZ Centre, 833 Collins St Don’t let the predominantly corporate clientele deter you they serve great coffee very promptly.
Demi Tasse | 550 Lonsdale St | 9642 3571 This tiny café gets very full during the lunch rush and for very good reason!
Bonnie Coffee Brewers | Shop 5/495 Collins St Start your morning with coffee and Bonnie doughnuts.
Good For Lunch
These eateries are perfect for a quick and easy relaxed lunch…
Pacos Tacos | 1/500 Bourke St | 9663 3038 The Movida team brings super tasty, fresh Mexican to the streets of Melbourne.
Hanabishi | 187 King St | 9670 1167 A King Street institution serving amazing traditional Japanese bento boxes for lunch.
Commercial Bakery | 360 Little Collins St | 8631 5900 Devour their neatly stacked crunchy baguettes while you do a good amount of people watching.
Espressino | 68-70 King St | 9620 4774 Pizzas, piadinas & all things delicious Italian at this gourmet cafe.
Earl Canteen | Rear Courtyard, 500 Bourke St Simply fabulous baguettes and café fare will come out faster than you can say ‘I love Melbourne’.
5 and dime bagels | Katherine Place New York style bagels served with coffee.
Bits & Pieces
The Westside is home to more than just great eateries and bars…
DFO South Wharf | 20 Convention Centre Place | 9099 1111 A massive direct factory outlet mall – a shopper’s paradise.
Wind Down Time…
When it’s time to wind down you’ll love these very unique Melbourne bars (most of them serve food too)…
Lui Bar | Level 55, 525 Collins St | 9691 3888 Amazing views & amazing cocktails what more could you want!
Sherlock Holmes | 415 Collins St | 9629 1146 A homely British style pub.
Hare & Grace | 525 Collins St | 9629 6755 Perfect spot for a cheeky drink & bite to eat.
The Boatbuilders Yard | 23 Southbank Promenade Sipping a drink in front of the open fireplace or on the deck overlooking the Yarra on a sunny afternoon, it’s always a pleasure to visit this casual bar.
The Wharf Hotel | 18-38 Siddeley St | 8680 6000 Perched on the Yarra with a big fantastic outdoor area – perfect for drinks after work.
The Celtic Club | 316 Queen St | 9670 6472 Australia’s first Irish Club – warm service, great beverages & traditional Celtic music.
Saint & Rogue | 582 Little Collins St | 9620 9720 Comfy couches, intimate alcoves and bare wooden tables make this watering hole perfect for a social outing or quiet drinks for two.
Out For Dinner
Heading out for dinner is a real treat at these divine restaurants…
The Meat Market | 53 South Wharf Promenade | 9008 8953 A rustic fit out with a focus on sustainably produced meats.
Syracuse | 23 Bank Pl | 9670 1777 Modern Mediterranean in a striking dining room with a wine list that needs to be seen to be believed.
Bistro Guillaume | Crown Entertainment Complex | 9292 4751Traditional French bistro with delicious seasonal plat du jour.
Maha | 21 Bond St | 9629 5900 A buzzing Middle Eastern restaurant led by celebrity chef Shane Delia.
The Merrywell | Cnr Clarendon St & Crown Riverside | 9292 7468 Upstairs or downstairs this new addition to Crown serves yummy classic American cuisine.
MoVida Aqui | 500 Bourke St | 9639 2633 A bright open space in the CBD’s corporate sector serving rustic Spanish dishes.
400 Gradi | 8 Whiteman St | 9696 9888 The best pizza in the world – don’t believe us? The owner won the World Pizza Championships in Parma last year.
Merchant | 495 Collins St, Rialto | 9614 7688 Guy Grossi brings rustic Venetian food to his growing restaurant empire.
Henry & The Fox | 525 Little Collins St | 9614 3277 Mediterranean inspired cuisine brought to you by last years Age Good Food Guide young chef of the year.
Byblos | G12 World Trade Centre | 9614 6400 The East meets the West at this Lebanese restaurant overlooking the Yarra River.