Best Food and Wine Experiences in Victoria

In a city where food and coffee are a religion, in Melbourne, it’s often the least expected places where the biggest thrills are discovered. However, no serious gourmet traveller should depart this mecca to the menu without first dining at Attica and Vue de Monde or discovering the secrets of Melbourne’s laneways and destination eat streets. You can also witness the sunrise over the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley from a hot air balloon, revel in a sensory overload in the Mornington Peninsula, and languish over a cold-drip coffee for a leisurely Melbourne breakfast. There’s so much to explore, one trip to Melbourne may not be long enough!
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Best Food and Wine Experiences in Victoria

From third-wave coffee to laneway eats and boutique wine regions with a view, don’t miss these culinary highlights in and around Melbourne


In a city where food and coffee are a religion, in Melbourne, it’s often the least expected places where the biggest thrills are discovered. However, no serious gourmet traveller should depart this mecca to the menu without first dining at Attica and Vue de Monde or discovering the secrets of Melbourne’s laneways and destination eat streets. You can also witness the sunrise over the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley from a hot air balloon, revel in a sensory overload in the Mornington Peninsula, and languish over a cold-drip coffee for a leisurely Melbourne breakfast. There’s so much to explore, one trip to Melbourne may not be long enough!

Vue de Monde, Melbourne, VIC

1. Fine dining, Melbourne style

Currently ranked 21 in San Pellegrino’s World’s Top 50 Restaurants, Attica is where chef Ben Shewry creates beautifully balanced, modern cuisine at his multi-award winning restaurant.

Ben’s strong point of difference is his integration of native ingredients with a focus on sustainably developed produce including rarely used plants and herbs from the adjoining garden, and foraged from broader Victoria. From the Lilly Pilly and Illawarra plum pine used in signature dessert The Native Fruits of Australia, to saltbush leaves, marron, native peppers and nuts, the flavours of Attica sing Australia.

Shannon Bennett's Vue de monde restaurant on the 55th floor of the Rialto building takes diners on a journey with its innovative cuisine and spectacular setting with views over Melbourne. The menu has French influences but is steeped in Melbourne's history and uses primarily Victorian produce and indigenous ingredients.

Kangaroo, marron, wallaby and native herbs are all regular fixtures on the menu, which also offers diners a high-end take on the classic Australian Lamington. A dramatic interior fit-out replaces traditional white tablecloths with kangaroo leather, curtains made of 100% Victorian wool and chairs made out of old telegraph poles for a uniquely Australian setting. The experience is topped off with spectacular views over the Melbourne city skyline and Port Phillip Bay. 

MoVida, Melbourne, VIC

2. Melbourne’s infamous laneway eating

Some of Melbourne's best eating and drinking can be found in and around the city’s labyrinth of interconnecting laneways. If you see an unmarked door, a set of stairs, or what looks like a no through road, you’ll probably discover a favourite local dining haunt.

Original laneway tapas bar MoVida, perennially popular Chin Chin, Tonka, Cumulus Inc. Brooks of Melbourne and Izakaya Den are just some of the names to look out for. The laneways are also central to Melbourne's cafe and bar culture, with rooftops and basements offering more hidden secrets and surprises from Japanese tea houses to Chinese dim sum diners, coffee grinders and speakeasy style cocktail bars.

Don’t have a local to show you where to go? Tours from the likes of Hidden Secrets Tours, Melbourne Food Experiences or Melbourne Walks reveal the city’s café culture, specialist coffee, cocktail and bar scene and plenty more besides.

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, Yarra Valley, VIC

3. The ultimate Yarra Valley indulgence

A hot air balloon flight at sunrise is the best possible introduction to Victoria's premier wine-growing region. Float serenely over the Yarra Valley’s stunning scenery of rolling vineyards, lush green pastures and story-book forests and land in one of the Valley’s flagship wineries, such as Domain Chandon or Rochford Estate, to enjoy a champagne breakfast with local sparkling and artisan produce.

The birthplace of Victorian viticulture, the Yarra Valley is Victoria’s premier wine region home to more than 80 world class wineries producing award-winning cool climate wines and 60 boutique cellar doors. The whole range of intimate wine tasting and behind the scenes experiences is available.

Big producers such as De Bortoli and Yering Station sit alongside specialist boutique wine makers who are quietly making a name for some of the most interesting and brave blends and varietals in the country. In addition to wine, the region now produces a growing selection of craft beers and cider showcased through the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail.

Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill, VIC

4. An adventure for the senses at the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula has it all: abundant produce, boutique wineries, food trails, farm gates, golf courses, galleries, picturesque villages, diverse landscapes, beautiful beaches and coastal views all in one compact area just one hour away from Melbourne.

It is one of few wine regions in the world that overlooks stunning coastline with cool ocean breezes influencing the boutique cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinots the area is known for. The Mornington Peninsula has more award-winning restaurants than any other part of Victoria with Port Philip Estate, The Long Table, Montalto and Ten Minutes by Tractor all offering menus featuring local produce for a completely immersive dining experience.

Visitors can get even more hands on with fruit picking, mushroom foraging or classes including handmade sausage, wood fired pizza or chocolate making at Green Olive at Red Hill.  A unique way to explore the vineyards is on horseback, with Horseback Winery Tours, or discover the hundreds of wine, food and farm-gates hidden away throughout the region with the 'Wine, Food and Farmgate' trail and map.

Market Lane, Melbourne, VIC

5. Have coffee and breakfast like a local

Melbourne has long been regarded as the coffee capital of Australia and is one of the world‘s leading cities for finding good coffee. Since the first espresso machines landed on Victorian soil in the 50’s, the city’s reverence for the coffee bean has continued to prosper.

The emergence of specialist roasters has contributed to an obsession with new ways of brewing and the origin of coffee beans. Whether it’s a hole in the wall coffee joint in the laneways, or a quick coffee on the go, Melbourne has a cup to suit every taste. Some favourites including Traveller, Cup of Truth, Seven Seeds, Five Senses, The Sensory Lab, and Dead Man Espresso.

Tours and interactive experiences offer visitors the opportunity to understand the history and culture that has fuelled this city-wide obsession - try coffee cupping sessions with Seven Seeds, or a full-day coffee roasting session at Market Lane Coffee.

Going hand in hand with Melbourne’s coffee obsession, eating out for breakfast or brunch is a huge part of Melbourne life, on par with dinner as a social occasion and opportunity to sample artisan produce quality ingredients from around Victoria. Fancy pressed lamb belly, babaganoush, fresh fig, caper currant dressing for brekkie? Or perhaps Potato cheddar waffle, smoked brisket, zuni pickles & sour cream? Melbourne’s multi-cultural heritage, innovation and produce are presented on every plate, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Locals frequent breakfast haunts including St Ali, Pope Joan, Proud Mary, Top Paddock, Silo by Joost and Cumulus Inc.