The depth and breadth of Melbourne's culinary offering ensures that solo travellers can enjoy the city's world-class food in the comfort of their own company.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night tipple Carlton’s Heartattack and Vine is ready to handle any situation. Upon entering, customers are greeted by a delectable assortment of either pastries or cicchetti (Venice’s version of tapas) depending on the time of day. Pick a few bites to eat, pair it with a drink and find a spot at the bar and watch the bar staff and chefs work their magic. 329 Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053. (03) 9005 8624.
Situated down an unassuming cobblestoned laneway, Lucy Liu is a must visit for anyone who craves the bustle of Asian street food markets. The neon-lit entrance and booming music act as a precursor to what diners will experience upon sampling the food. A seat at the bar provides the best view of Lucy Liu’s chefs fixated on plating the perfect dish. Bold flavours ensure customers palettes will be watering long after they have been introduced to the Lucy Liu experience. 23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. (03) 9639 5777.
Inspired by Japan's intimate izakaya restaurants, Tamura Sake Bar melds the passions of its owners; mouth-watering food, sake, and records. The focal point of this establishment is the 16-person bar in the centre of the room with a record player at its helm. Catch co-owner Fumi when he’s not too busy and he’ll likely be spinning his favourite records picked from the shelves of the bar. Fumi also doubles as a sake sommelier, taking pride in pairing sake from lesser known producers with its set menu meals. 43 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065. (03) 9417 1992.
Those looking for a late-night cheese and wine, look no further than St Kilda’s Milk the Cow. Light fixtures made from repurposed milking machines gives customers a glimpse into what the inspiring menu contains in case the name wasn’t enough of a clue. A seat at the counter provides diners with an opportunity to drool over the selection of local and global cheese on the menu. Shelves enclosing the bar are stocked with wines that pair perfectly with the cheese menu. 1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182; 323 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053.
Retreat to the warm and rustic Embla after a day of exploring Melbourne. With a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best wine bars, Embla manages to delight customers with a delectable assortment of food which pair perfectly with their ever-changing rotation of wines. Customers new to the world of wine can grab a seat at the counter and strike up a conversation with knowledgeable bar staff to discover their favourite flavour combinations. 122 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. (03) 9654 5923.
Mr. Miyagi provides an energetic atmosphere that matches its Chapel Street location. The menu revolves around Japanese fusion flavours while drinks continue the theme with Japanese twists on classic cocktails. A seat at the bar provides a lively view of the open kitchen while the heavily nostalgic playlist will ensure diners are boogying in their seat. 99 Chapel St, Windsor, Victoria, 3181. (03) 9529 5999.
For a lively experience, Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is a must visit. Rise early, grab a coffee and beat the crowds to feast on the endless selection of meat, cheese, pastries and everything in between. After eating, wander over to the specialty shopping section and browse the range of clothes, souvenirs and handmade products. If the sun is shining, consider picking up some treats and stroll over to Flagstaff Gardens and set up the perfect spread. Corner of Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.
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