The vibrant city of Melbourne is famous as being the best dining destination in the whole of Australia. The restaurants that can be found scattered across the city serve cuisine from all over the globe and most of the restaurants in Melbourne accept major credit cards, which saves diners the hassle of having to carry cash around with them. What follows is an overview of some of Melbourne’s best dining districts.
If you enjoy dining outdoors, you should head to the south bank of the Yarra River. This area of Melbourne has undergone a major facelift and now features a whole horde of restaurants that offer romantic alfresco dining complete with views of the river.
The lively suburb of St Kilda also features an excellent range of restaurants to choose from. The best places to grab a bite to eat in this district tend to be tucked away down side alleys, so it is worth taking a little time to explore St Kilda on foot before settling on a place to eat.
People who are looking for authentic Chinese cuisine should pay a visit to Chinatown, which can be found in the heart of the city. There are plenty of excellent restaurants to be found in this section of the city, especially on and around Collins Streets, Flinders Lane and Bourke Street. Although many of the restaurants here are cheap and cheerful, they still accept internationally recognised credit cards. Lovers of Asian cuisine will also find restaurants in Chinatown they serve reasonably priced Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine.
Many of the districts in Melbourne specialise in a certain type of cuisine. For example, diners who are hungry for Vietnamese or Greek cuisine should check out the eating options in the Richmond district. The Carlton district boasts a large Italian community, and this is a great place to enjoy a hearty bowl of pasta or a thin and crispy pizza with your choice of topping. Vegetarians are well catered for in Melbourne, and the Fitzroy district is famous for having the biggest and best selection of vegetarian restaurants in the whole of Melbourne. The Fitzroy district also specialises in other types of cuisine such as Mediterranean and Turkish.
Although dining in Melbourne is a lot of fun, it can be rather costly, so it is a good idea to keep your credit card to hand when heading out for a night on the town. If you have a Gold card you never have to worry about reaching your limit as there is no pre set spending limit allowing you to have a great night with no limits not to mention the American Express rewards benefits on offer.