Let your taste buds travel around the world, without leaving Melbourne’s CBD

Melbourne is home to people from approximately 200 countries, in fact over 66% of the population was born overseas. So if you want the cuisine from your home town or want to fly overseas without boarding a plane, do it through Melbourne’s restaurants. All these are a fine walk or free tram ride away from your home away from home at Waterfront Melbourne Apartments.

1. GREECE

Stalactites Restaurant

177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

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Stalactite

Noun

A column of rock that hangs from the roof of a cave.

As its namesake suggests, Stalactites provides a faux cave vibe without sacrificing good food. This 24hr Greek eatery is one of the most well known in Melbourne for offering indulgent Greek staples from mixed dips to meat or seafood, whatever takes your fancy. Rather eat in the privacy of your apartment, you can grab takeaway for the night.

Reservation? They can usually fit small parties on a table without a reservation.

2. ITALY

Vapiano

334 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

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Smart, yet casual as they like to describe themselves. Vapiano invites you to see the true passion that goes into Italian cuisine. Order your pizza, or pasta however you like and watch them make it right in front of you. Pasta is made on premises so it is guaranteed that what you eat will be fresh. It’s a relaxed atmosphere with seating for parties of 1 or more.

Reservation? For large groups, but walk ins will be fine.

Lupino

41 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

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With a retro terracotta feel, Lupino creates a relaxed experience without compromising good food and wine. The menu is simply based around six pastas, three pizzas, entrees and main. If you are after Italian, do yourself some good by visiting an Italian restaurant run by experienced professionals who will guarantee high quality service and food.

Mexico

Bodega Underground

55 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

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Where will you find this restaurant? Underground. Go there for the drinks are go there for the Mexican menu that covers all bases. You can choose a large serve or opt for smaller sharing plates to get a taste of everything. The wallpaper is made up of Mexican cinema posters and check out the messages written on the lampshades. Highly recommend for a funky dining experience.

Reservation? Recommended if you want a good table underground.

3. SPANISH

MoVida

1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne

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High in demand, this restaurant offers the best of Spanish tapas. Rather something less exclusive, try it’s sister restaurant next door. MoVida is located in the eclectic graffiti lane which adds to the exotic experience. If you feeling spontaneous, let the kitchen order for you and sample the signature dishes across the menu.

Reservation? Yes, well in advance (months) or else stand in the queue.

4. FRANCE

Roule Galette

Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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An early morning option or a treat after an early desert. Explore off the main drag into this small alley straight to France. The tiny café is intimate which is totally authentic. Whether you fancy a sweet or savoury crepe, there is one to please everyone, from a traditional recipe, the experience will scream homemade.

Reservation? Not necessary.

Philippe

115 Collins Street, Melbourne

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The restaurant’s namesake, Philippe Mouchel has won accolades for his talent in the kitchen. His passion shines through the well crafted menu that we endeavors to be “gourmand, generous and affordable.”

Reservation? Five or more people, see website for reservation policy.

5. VIETNAM

Rice paper sisors

Mama’s Buoi

Postal Lane (behind H&M)

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Feeling peckish after spending a day at Bourke Street Mall? Or just craving some flavours of Vietnam? There is no other place to head to but here, hidden in an alley way behind the iconic GPO, you’ll find the best of home cooked Vietnam cuisine here along with a range of local Asian beers and a dedicated cocktail menu.

Reservation? Usually not needed but good to have on busy nights.

6. LEBANON

Byblos

13 – 38 Siddeley Street, Docklands

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Whether you are after a quiet dinner, or a celebratory cocktail, Byblos will provide whilst indulging you in the finest Lebanese food around. I wouldn’t go past the garlic dip Toum with pita or the halloumi salad, whilst there are a range of meats from the grill for your to try. This restaurant is the neighbor of Waterfront Melbourne Apartments so you have no excuse not to try this restaurant out.