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Melbourne Is Australia’s Iconic Restaurant City

Anthony Pieri, Chief Wine Buyer, Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne.GAYLE CONRAN

By Everett Potter

Melbourne has one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the world, a chef-driven city that banks on its multicultural makeup to foster creativity. It helps that the state of Victoria not only has a coastline that has excellent seafood and a countryside filled with prosperous farms. It’s also home to some of Australia’s outstanding wineries in places like the Yarra Valley, the Mornington Peninsula, and the Grampians, just three of the state’s 21 wine regions.

A perfect flat white at Dame in Melbourne.GAYLE CONRAN

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Food truck at Victoria Market. Photo Everett Potter.

It’s a food city with 3,500 restaurants representing some 70 countries, bursting with energy, enthusiasm, and ideas following two years of the tightest lockdown in the country. On a recent swing through Australia’s culinary capital, I had a chance to sample several places I’d recommend … continue reading

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