16 August 18Sophie Tudor

Melbourne Restaurant Hot Spots

Where are best places to eat in Melbourne? 

With buzzing metropolis café laneways, glamorous shopping centres, uber trendy restaurants and pop-up street food festivals, our expensive beautiful city is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing that next meal. Well, we’ve narrowed down our top 10 eateries in Melbourne which are guaranteed to have you salivating (Homer Simpson style) by the end of this article! 

1. YOMG Burgers

Glen Waverley
Burgers, Shakes & Fries

With burgers aptly named ‘The Howler’, ‘Vegapalooza’ and ‘The Reaper’, you know you’re in for a treat when it comes to these whoppers. Not to mention there is Mac & Four Cheese Fries and an Oreo Ripple shake on the menu. Need we say more?  

2. Mrs Kim’s Grill

Korean BBQ

There’s something about the name of this restaurant that’s so endearing and when you walk into the Korean BBQ hotspot, you quickly realise why it’s such a favourite with locals. Most of the cooking, or should we say ‘grilling’, is done by the staff at the table’s hot plates, which is a definite bonus because you know you won’t be served over-cooked meat. Medium rare, please. 

3. Daniel’s Donuts


Daniel is a legend. We don’t know him personally, but we feel as if we do, because when you open up a 24/7 donut shop, that’s worth at least 5 fist pumps. Their delectable selection of treats is amazing, including the classic glazed and famous Nutella donut to a daring, yet slightly wonderous creation of a donut with an entire Snickers bar inside. Maybe save that one for cheat day. 

4. Meat Me Souvlaki 

Greek & Mediterranean

We don’t think you can officially call yourself a foodie lover if you haven’t visited the buzzing strip of Greek restaurants in Oakleigh. Meat Me is a classic favourite, and if you’re strolling along this particular strip, you’re bound to be drawn in by the aromatic promise of contemporary Greek-Australian cuisine. Prepare for your tastebuds to be satisfied! 

5. HuTong

CBD, Market Lane 

A treasured delight found in the CBD, HuTong’s dumplings are some of the best in Melbourne. In fact, packs of dumpling devotees flock to the three-storey eatery, adorned with exposed brick and hanging lanterns, to indulge in their renowned bites and other delicious regional cuisine every day, including the deep-fried soft-shell prawns and chilli wantons. 

6. A1 Bakery


Selling a variety of bread (khobz), pita, pies, pizza and Mediterranean grocery items, A1 was established by two brother-in-laws and their wives in 1992 and it’s a feel-good story that we love. The success of their original Sydney Road bakery has consequently seen the openings of two more bakeries in Melbourne, and it’s simply because their pastries are, quite frankly, what dreams are made of. Great hotspot for people watching too!

7. Red Sparrow

Everyone is flocking to this vegan hotspot – the city’s first dedicated vegan pizzeria. With a comprehensive plant-based menu that cleverly substitutes its meat, it is even confusing Melbourne’s most enthusiastic carnivores. Get there pronto. 

8. Don Don 

CBD, Swanston St 

You won’t have to wait long for service or your food at this cosy Japanese restaurant located on the bustling Swanston Street in the CBD.  The queue snaking out of the door is an indication of its popularity, as well as ‘said speed’. If you can’t nab a table in the restaurant, cross the street to eat your delicious Japanese bites in the State Library Park. 

9. Jalisco 

Chapel St, Windsor

Step into your own little slice of Mexican heaven with this small, dimly-lighted restaurant in the heart of Windsor. Nab a DIY table outside or tuck yourself in the secluded area in the back to enjoy a hearty plate of Nachos. Staff are super friendly too. Hola! 

10. Flora 

CBD, Flinders St

From the outside, this fluorescent lit over-the-counter Indian restaurant might be screaming red warning sirens but trust us when we say this, this restaurant is cheap, delicious and fast. Serving all the familiar classics, Flora lets you enjoy traditional southern and northern Indian food with no unnecessary frills. No fuss, no muss.  

If you LOVE food like we do, come along to the DUSA Food Fest, powered by Burwood One Shopping Centre!

Event Details: 
Tuesday 28 August, 12 – 2pm
Burwood Campus, Level 2 Student Central Precinct (HF2.001)
Free food tastings from Schnitz, Nandos, Shuji Sushi, Subway
Fun, Games & Giveaways