Melbourne’s Top Spots To Try This Summer

We’ve found five of Melbourne’s best eating and drinking establishments for you to try this month, so read on to find the one for you. Trust us, it’ll be so good you’ll be lost for words…lucky we have emojis!

Date Night

Movida date night
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MoVida Bar de Tapas


A spacious and colourful tapas joint, MoVida is definitely the place to be if you like your dates on the livelier side. Spanish ads line the walls, the many windows offer an elevated view of the city beyond, and the hollowed-out log lampshades are a lovely touch. Order the very romantic Carrillera de Buey, which is slow-braised beef cheek with Pedro Ximénez and a creamy cauliflower puree. Delicioso!

“If you’re looking for a reliable venue for a special night out in Melbourne, Movida is worth a try. Located near fed square, this atmosphere filled venue is down a laneway. The wine list is quite varied and if you’re willing to splurge the more expensive options are excellent value for price – with many exotics that are hard to find.” – Winebuff in training


Bomba spanish restaurant
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We’re off on sultry excursión to Bomba, super-authentic tapas joint and balmy rooftop bar. This place is chilled, stylish and very affordable, with yummy morsels prepared by a crack team of skilled and well-travelled chefs. Try the sumptuous paella, with braised duck, piquillo pepper and chicharrones. It’s hearty, warming, delicious, and thoroughly authentic.

“Tonight I felt like something tasty but but not huge – and I found it here. I enjoyed Beetroot & Goats Curd toasts and Chargrilled Asparagus with Slow Cooked Egg. Truly delicious. The atmosphere is relaxed and service is good. I will come again – no question. Thank you” – Ali-Hawk

Fancy Dinner

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Vue de Monde


Melbourne bucket list staple Vue de Monde is our next destination, as we dip our toes into the wonderful world of swanky eatin’. If you fancy an extra-special treat, the degustation (featuring David Blackmore wagyu brisket) costs around $250 a head. Trust us, a pampered evening of wonderful wining and heavenly dining at the hands of Mr Bennett and co is well worth the cost!

“The Vue De Monde has now moved to level 55 in the Rialto and is definitely my ultimate favourite dining experience in Melbourne. The degustation is a must try if you have a spare $250 and I enjoyed every moment of it. Every aspect of the food and each meal was innovative and interesting. The Blackmore wagyu and bone marrow was my favourite dish as was the desserts.” – svchu1

Dog Friendly

Argo Loves Company dog
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Argos Loves Company


Everything’s better when your puppers is around, but not everyone sees it that way L. It’s not always easy to find an establishment that welcomes pooches, but Argos Loves Company is always here to oblige. This charmingly rustic, animal-friendly cafe is a happy haven for dogs and humans wandering in from the cold, and the chili baked beans are extremely popular with both!

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Girls’ Night Out

1806 girls night bar
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Calling all the single ladies! Plush leather and rich red velvet abound at 1806, where gorgeous opulence reigns supreme. It’s all about channelling the elegant class of a bygone era, and that includes the drinks. The bartenders here can mix anything you want, and their flair for cocktails is the stuff of local legend. Ask for a Roman Punch (Pampero Anejo, curacao, lemon, raspberry and port), and you’ll see what we mean!

“A great place if you’re in the mood for a classy cocktail and some conversation amongst even classier friends. Very old timey with wooden floors and leather seats and couches, truly reminding you of the rich heritage of Melbourne. Ask the staff for the drink in the tin can, defiantly one of the best drinks I’ve ever had! They are sure to know what you are talking about!” – Joren


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