One of Melbourne's oldest suburbs, South Melbourne has many fine restaurants tucked away among its Victorian terraces and bluestone-cobbled lanes. Most of the main foodie hotspots are located around the trendy shopping thoroughfare of Clarendon Street and the picturesque South Melbourne Market, which has done a roaring trade for over 150 years. With Mediterranean, Levantine and Southeast Asian cuisine on the menu, there are no shortage of options for an outstanding culinary experience.
As well as being extremely cosmopolitan, the restaurants of Melbourne's South Melbourne district vary in style from the simple and homey to the youthful and vibrant. There's a domestic feeling to places like Spikito on Park Street, a Greek taverna where you can graze on sharing plates of pickled octopus and fried zucchini among old family photos. Meanwhile there's a party vibe to venues such as Simply Spanish on Cecil Street – who can resist a few jugs of sangria to wash down their authentic paella and tapas? Or for something cool and funky, try Japanese bars like Salon de Sushi, which has décor as colourful as its seafood combo platters.