Victoria is one of Australia's most ethnically diverse states, with a population that can trace family roots to most parts of Europe and Asia. The cosmopolitan culinary culture is reflected in the cafes of Victoria. This is most noticeable in the state's main metropolis, Melbourne, a city that has close ties with southern Europe. Melbourne cafes offer the specialities of Greece, Spain, Italy and the Balkan nations, with great coffee, authentic pastries and the seductive hiss of the Gaggia. It's a city that has a cafe culture to rival London, Paris or Milan.
While Melbourne's European cafes have long been a distinctive feature of the city, the Asian influence is now making its presence felt. Vietnamese cafes are a relatively recent addition to the mix but have found a loyal clientele among diners enjoying milky coffees and the French-style baguette sandwiches with spicy fillings. Casual Chinese dim sum cafes and traditional Australian workers' cafes offering meat pies and peas ensure the choice remains enjoyably varied. Book a table online with Quandoo to confirm your lunch date or relaxed dinner.