You’ve waited long enough. Here’s where to go, how to book and what to eat.
- It’s official: Arbory Afloat is back. The floating summer oasis has reopened for bookings on their brand new beach house themed bar. Test run their exclusive limited run menu and knock back a few bespoke Four Pillars cocktails in style – you’ve earned it.
- Arbory Bar & Eatery is also back from 28 October, offering a limited menu. Book in for groups of 4 to 20, or risk it on a walk in (honestly, just book).
- Left Bank has reopened from Wednesday to Sunday, with a delish Mod Oz menu to suit every foodie. Book in for bottomless brunch every second Sunday of the month.
- Asado will swing open their doors and offer two different set menus, courtesy of the San Telmo kitchen, from 29 October. Book online.
- Not a drill – Riverland will be reopening from 5 November! Book on their website to enjoy the brand new pop-up urban oasis.
- Boatbuilders Yard is back too, with a super cute beach club set up. Book in a lounge and while away a sunny afternoon of cocktails and good tunes.
- Waterslide Bar are set to reopen from 28 October, and you can book on Open Table. Homemade truffle gnocchi, fresh negronis and stunning city views await.
- Further down the river, beloved Thai food sensation BangPop is back with a bang. Book in for dinner, or lock in a bottomless brunch on weekends and public holidays from 31 October.
- Nearby, The Common Man is back from 29 October, promising live action on their outdoor mega screen right through the long weekend. Special long weekend packages are available too.
- BOHO South Wharf is set to bring a touch of class to your post-lockdown sesh. Book in and enjoy the waterside sun while admiring their towering indoor murals.
- Hopscotch are back in all their waterside glory. From 2 November the South Wharf crew with a stunning view are welcoming people back to their tree lined terrace. Book online now.
- La Camera is more than ready for relaunch 2.0, with temperature checks and a thermal body scanner part of their COVID safety plan. Book online and dine in (or on the gorgeous balcony) from 28 October. Gourmet pizzas, mojitos and more are on the menu.
- Kings of fresh pub grub, perfectly poured beers and sick tunes, the Tessie Pearl is reopening from 3pm on 28 October. The crew is also spearheading the corona (beer) revival and selling the the beleaguered bev for $5 a pop until the end of 2020.
- Rooftop drinks at Loop Bar just hit different. Make your first sky high sojourn to their bar from 29 October, now open for bookings.
- It’s just not summer without a QT Rooftop sesh. Book a spot on their lush deck or step inside the secret garden.
- Tap ‘book‘ on tapas spot Bomba. The crew will be reopening from 30 October for dinner, with a Spanish style set menu offering all the trimmings, from pickled mussels to spiced lamb ribs and authentic churros.
- Johnny’s Green Room is back from 3 November, boasting a post-iso glow up. The rooftop now offers table service, along with a new menu. Think Neapolitan thin crust pizzas loaded with prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. They’ve also joined forces with Pidapipo to create a lemon sorbet, gin and prosecco cocktail. Book online.
Laneways and little streets
- It’s been a long ride for BOB but they’ve finally arrived. This brand new basement bar will be hosting 2 hour sessions from 27 October, featuring Stomping Ground bevs, cocktail jars, a rotating wine list and more. Book via email.
- Bar Americano is back and better than ever – with brand new outdoor seating in their iconic street art covered laneway. Book online for your next negroni fuelled night out.
- Bar Ampere is another watering hole we can’t wait to welcome back. The crew is so keen to get on the beers they’re opening at the stroke of midnight! Check their socials for more info on how to visit.
- Bar Lourinha will be inviting people back from 5 November with a very speccy new outdoor area. If it’s been far too long since you were blessed by the empanadas and cheesy croquettes, book online for your next Mediterranean inspired feast.
- Stroll through the street art of Duckboard Place and emerge in a dining wonderland at Tazio in Flinders Lane. Get in touch on their website to book.
- Hazel is now open for bookings from 4 November. The crew will be offering dinner services from Wednesday to Saturday, and lunch on Fridays. Book online.
- Hazel’s basement bar buddy Dessous is open from the same date too – you can book here.
- San Telmo will be bringing back that melt in the mouth meaty goodness from 29 October. Book online for bottomless lunches on Sundays, set menus filled with Argentinian classics and more.
- AC/DC Lane legends Pastuso are also reopening from 29 October, with Peruvian set menus and a boozy bottomless lunch on Saturdays. Takeaway options include ceviche bowls, loaded fries and Peruvian style sandwiches. Book online.
- Oh my, how we’ve missed bahn mi – lucky for all of us, Oh Bahn Mi is 100% open in Equitable Place. Crispy pork roll is calling.
- Daughter in Law made a massive impact on Melbourne foodies fast. The restaurant will be open again serving lunch and dinner 7 nights a week. Fingers crossed the spicy ‘unauthentic’ pizza is still on the menu. Book online for indoor and outdoor dining.
- From 31 October you can have a super special sushi feast at Kisume. Book now for an unforgettable meal featuring a decadent set menu for two.
- From 28 October, Palermo on Little Bourke Street are back with a range of Argentinian set menus. Think chipotle lamb rump, pisco sour style cocktails and more. Book online.
- Enjoy the buzz of dining in at Flinders Lane favourite Chin Chin once again from 28 October. No need to queue – they now take bookings online.
- Book in at Thai Tide for lavish dishes like the uber crispy pork belly. They’ll reopen for 20 guests at a time from 28 October.
- Cool, calm and minimalist Ruyi is open again from 3 November. Pork and crab shao long bao, peking duck and crispy ocean squid are some of our faves from the modern Chinese menu. Book here and get a complimentary dessert when you dine!
- Catch all the good fresh flavours from Poke Man, now open again in Little Bourke Street. Make a virtuous veg loaded bowl, smash fresh sashimi or sprinkle crispy tortilla on top for a crunchy treat.
- Let the nood times roll and go straight to GO Noodle House on Elizabeth Street. This Chinatown staple has some of the city’s best Asian eats in town – think pork belly noodles, ribs, chilli pan mee and more. Top your dish with truffle mushrooms or an oozey poached egg. Book ahead by calling 9650 5135, then slurp up the good stuff.
CBD & surrounds
- When the weather turns, you need a little laksa loving. Or Nasi Lemak, or beef rendang…better be safe and order it all from Killiney Kopitam. Now open for dine in.
- Say yes to YOI from 28 October when they reopen for indoor and outdoor dining. Book ahead (email or phone 03 9043 1530) and feast on their fresh Indonesian cuisine.
- Sleek and stylish Bottega will take over the top end of Bourke Street once again. Bookings are open for dinner services, starting from 30 October. Check the website to book.
- Chilli Everest’s Nepalese street food and juicy dumplings are a certified craving buster. They’ll reopen from 2 November at Melbourne Central, check the website for details.
- Belgian Beer Cafe has pushed on through the entire lockdown, offering takeaway comfort food faves to locals when they couldn’t come inside. Now they’re ready for seated dining once more. Feast on a full a la carte menu, Belgian beers, local wine and Victorian cheeses. Check their website for info.
- Checkerboard floored and moodily lit, Euro-style diner Treviso is back for daily lunch sessions (with boozy late night sessions to follow). Book online to secure a spot in their outdoor area.
- Le Taj in West Melbourne will be reopening from 2 November, with their Indian a la carte and banquet menus on offer. Book on their website.
- Matilda has reopened with a bang, offering an awesome takeaway menu including oysters, sandwiches, coffee and champagne. Book online to dine in in November.
- Here’s some A+ news for RMIT students past and present, The Oxford Scholar is returning from 4 November. One of the city’s oldest pubs, it re-opened last year after a major transformation. But the parma is as classic as ever.
- From 7 November, Grossi Florentino will be welcoming back their loyal customers inside again. Catch us crying tears of joy the second we lay eyes on the chocolate souffle. Bookings to be made via phone on 9662 1811.
- The King & Godfree deli has been transformed into an al fresco dining paradise. New wraparound seating on Faraday and Lygon street is the best spot for their authentic Italian foodie goodness. Book online.
- Australia’s first restaurant to serve home-cut pasta, The Olive Jar, has reopened on Rathdowne Street. Give them a buzz on 03 9347 6173 to book in and spend the night with an Italian legend.
- Worked up an appetite on your Lygon stroll? La Spaghettata is open, offering hearty Italian food and rustic charm you just cant get anywhere else. Book via phone on 9663 6102.
- All DOC venues will be open again from 2 November. Check their website or give them a buzz to book.
- Panda Hot Pot are reopening from 2 November, with staggered sessions for lunch and dinner every day. Load up on noodles, pork ribs, tofu, veggies and all that szechuan goodness. Book online.
- Reservations are open for local legends Carlton Wine Room. Swinging the doors open from 2 November, the team are offering lunch and dinner sessions throughout the week.
- A big scoop of creamy caramelised fig gelato from Casa del Gelato? Don’t mind if we do! The team has been opening their doors for 40 years Lygon Street, so pay a visit and taste a bit of history.
- Ilza Japanese Cafe specialises in home-style brunch dishes from glorious Nippon. Fresh bento, katsu sando, karaage and more will fix your appetite right up.
- Sometimes only a lamb gyros will do. Casual diner Yassas is open again from 2 November, serving all your traditional Greek favourites. Accepting walking, but call ahead if you want to check how busy they are.
- Fukutontei Ramen offers a wide range of Japanese nosh to satisfy your cravings. Warm yourself with a bowl of their signature Tonkatsu ramen from 2 November.
- Renzo’s Bar Cafe is a Melbourne unicorn – great food, gorgeous views and an entire kid’s menu under $13. Email email@example.com or call on 9640 0550 to book.
- Have a legit brewery experience once more at Urban Alley, open from 6 November. Settle in for a signature bev in the loft style surrounds and order from a menu of burgers, pizzas and steaks. Bookings available on their website.
- The first of its kind in Melbourne, Dohtonburi is a popular export from Japan specialising in okonomiyaki. Plate up fresh cabbage pancakes at the helm of your personal teppanyaki hot plate, then load it with kimchi, lobster, pork belly and more. Open from 12 November.
- Yum Cha is the name of the game at Gold Leaf Chinese. The menu offers a mouthwatering 100+ varieties of dim sum. Open again from 2 November, book online.
- Pepperoni, margherita, five cheese (seriously)….whatever. Give us what we really want – creamy tiramisu and Nutella pizza. SPQR can and will get the job done. Open now for takeaway, no bookings required.
- Crispy skin chicken, silky noodles, a perfectly spiced broth and all the trimmings. Old Man Pho has a lock on Vietnamese comfort food, including their freshly baked bahn mi. Open now for takeaway.
Cafes and takeaways
Melbourne can have a little snack, as a treat.
- Axil coffee roaster will open again from 2 November for your Melbourne Central brunch fix. Head to their website for info.
- You’ll be able to sit and chill for a bit after your next jumbo pretzel feast at Pretzel in Melbourne Central’s ELLA. Outdoor seating is available in this awesome new food court precinct.
- Cute corner shop BlackBall is open for takeaway in Chinatown. Indulge in social media’s favourite combo with a creamy brown sugar milk tea. The mixture of bitter-sweet milky tea and decadent caramelised sugar syrup is a treat too good to skip.
- Purveyors of all things wobbly and delicious, Keki Milkbar is back serving feathery light Japanese souffles at 190 Queen Street. Don’t skip their creamy matcha latte on the side.
- Sweet Canteen in Driver Lane is locked and loaded with strawberry shortcakes, mille feuille, Portuguese tarts and so, much, more. Indulge your sweet tooth, French style.
- Who doesn’t need a treat right now? Gelateria on the docks have cold comfort ready to go from 2 November. Vegan and dairy-free options are very much on the menu.
- Bring back brunch in a big way at Cafe Blahnik. This laneway local serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week from their cute spot in Equitable Place. The menu has it all, from granola bowls and smashed avo to parmas and juicy burgs.
- Beloved city crepe stand La Petite Creperie will reopen from 6 November. We’ll take ours with extra nutella.
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Information is correct at time of writing, but some businesses may alter their arrangements based on announcements from the state government. Check with individual stores for more information. Follow updates from the Victorian Government.