An Authentic Taste of Melbourne: 5 Dining Experiences You’ll Love

By Stacey Grims

Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures has paved the way for some of the most spectacular and unique dining experiences Australia has to offer.

You can experience an unforgettable cultural feast from every culinary corner of the globe, right on the doorstep of Wyndham Hotel Melbourne.

Leafy Lygon Street in inner North Melbourne is home to the city’s Italian culture and cuisine. Brunswick Street in Fitzroy showcases some of the city’s best Middle Eastern and African fare. For an entertainment experience oozing with sophistication, Chapel Street’s four-kilometre stretch features over 980 restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs to choose from.

Break away from the mainstream and take a walk up the bustling laneways to discover a hidden taste sensation. Or if you’re on the move, go on the hunt for the city’s army of food trucks that offer up quick and easy, yet delicious cuisine from all around the world.

Saffron and seafood paella at MoVida Aqui, Melbourne

Delicious saffron and seafood paella at MoVida Aqui

Cutting Edge

MoVida Aqui

Distance from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne: Two-minute walk

Specialty: Spanish

Serving delicious tapas and hearty dishes including mouth-watering paella made with saffron, prawns and clams.

Hand filleted contabrian artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet at Movida Aqui, Melbourne

Hand filleted contabrian artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet at Movida Aqui

Casual Dining

Nieuw Amsterdam

Distance from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne: Seven-minute walk

Specialty: New York style bar and eatery

A delicious mix of USA style cuisine including New York classics like the Reuben sandwich and clam chowder, with a hint of Japanese flavours such as shrimp salad with sesame, soy beans and miso mayo.

Nieuw Amsterdam Bar and Eatery

Nieuw Amsterdam Bar and Eatery tucked away in one of Melbourne’s charming laneways

Fresh Produce

Queen Victoria Market

Distance from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne: Three-minute drive

Specialty: Fresh, locally produced food

More than 600 traders selling fresh, local produce including seafood and meat, fruit-and-veg stalls and an art deco inspired deli hall lined with soft cheeses, wines and other deli delights.

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

Fine Dining

Flower Drum Restaurant

Distance from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne: Four-minute drive

Specialty: Cantonese

With a cooking style that is based on the authentic Asian philosophy of using the best seasonal ingredients to produce the most delicate flavours, Executive Chef, Anthony Lui has created a Melbourne institution with this 3 Chef’s Hat restaurant in the 2014 The Age Good Food Guide. Labelled as the best Chinese restaurant in Australia, Flower Drum books out months in advance so make sure you secure your table early!

Duck wanton at Flower Drum, Melbourne

Duck wanton with tangerine peel in roast duck reduction at Flower Drum

Street Eats

Beatbox Kitchen

Distance from Wyndham Hotel Melbourne: Follow @Beatboxkitchen on Twitter or Facebook to find out its next location

Specialty: Burgers

Beatbox Kitchen is the original, and arguably the best, food truck around, serving up simple yet delicious beef and vegetarian burgers made from fresh produce.

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