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Day 11: Festive food on the waterfront

With snowy Christmas weather half a world away, Melburnians have the great advantage of not being housebound over December. So if you’re feeling festive why not get out and enjoy the city’s waterfront at one of the many fine restaurants along the banks of the Yarra River.

Colourful sculpture on waterfront

Get festive on Melbourne’s waterfront

If you’re stuck for choice, the Southgate precinct is the perfect place to start. Home to several restaurants overlooking the river, dining options include modern European eatery The Deck, Italian offering Tutto Bene, and new seafood bar and grill, Waterfront.
The Wharf Hotel
With the feel of a local pub and waterfront views to rival any competitor, The Wharf Hotel offers a laid-back experience with hearty pub food to suit the festive season. This year they’re also offering Christmas Day lunch with turkey and honey-glazed ham.
Elevated dining area in front of hotel

A perfect spot to dine by the water

The Harbour Kitchen
Further along the track, in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, The Harbour Kitchen focuses on healthy and fresh offerings at an enviable spot on the promenade where their glass pavilion overlooks the water. With functions a specialty, it’s the perfect spot for a Christmas party.
The Boatbuilders Yard
One of the most versatile and picturesque venues in Melbourne, The Boatbuilders Yard is a café, bar and restaurant perched next to the Polly Woodside that has the added bonus of being super relaxed and kid friendly. It also has great views of the water.
Restaurant/bar on wharf at water's edge

Eat, drink and be merry at the Boatbuilders Yard

Magic Charters Melbourne
Sitting by the water is fun, but Magic Charters run dinner cruises that gets passengers right out on it. Departing from Water Plaza, Victoria Harbour Promenade or Docklands, their dinner cruises offer a two-course buffet dinner that takes you through the Port of Melbourne to Williamstown, just as the sun is setting.
For more great Christmas news, stories and videos stay tuned to the 30 Days of Christmas blog.