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Best Food Experiences in Australia – The Most Delicious Eating Down Under

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The best food experiences in Australia include everything from feasting on fish and chips by the beach and eating your way through Chinatown in Sydney and Melbourne to dining on degustation menus at Australia’s finest restaurants and tucking into meat pies with mushy peas at historic pubs.

Australia is one of the world’s great eating destinations. Beautiful fresh local produce, talented chefs creating inventive contemporary cuisine, fantastic authentic ‘ethnic’ food in our multicultural communities, superb city markets, farm gates, and gourmet specialty food shops, and so much more make Australia a tantalising country to visit.

We’re Australian and these are what we believe to be some of the best food experiences in Australia, based on many decades of eating down under, especially in recent years. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but we’ll keep adding to it as we add more stories from our travels in recent years in and around Perth, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Lord Howe Island, and Brisbane.

You’re also welcome to add the dishes, markets, restaurants, rituals and more, which you think comprise the best food experiences in Australia in the comments at the end of this post.

Best Food Experiences in Australia

The best eating experiences in Australia for food-loving travellers.

1. Indulge in decadent degustation meals at Australia’s best restaurants

One of the best eating experiences in Australia is a multi-course meal at a fine dining restaurant. Whether it’s imaginative contemporary Australian cuisine at Quay restaurant in Sydney or Attica in Melbourne, you have to indulge in at least one deliciously creative degustation meal while you’re in Australia.

Although we imagine foodies will enjoy a whole lot more than one tasting menu. In Sydney, some of the most exquisite Australian cuisine is being served up at the city’s best restaurants, from the legendary Tetsuya’s to Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House, and, of course, at Quay, still perhaps Australia’s finest restaurant.

In Melbourne, a meal at Cutler & Co is a must, along with a drive down the south coast to Dan Hunter’s Brae, where he dishes up his unique farm to table cuisine. And then there’s Adelaide, and Perth, and Brisbane…

2. Eating in Adelaide

Adelaide is having its moment and it’s about time too. Home to some of the best food experiences in Australia, Adelaide has a handful of world-class wine regions in its backyard, and superlative seafood caught off its coast.

It’s also home to one of Australia’s best food markets, an abundance of artisanal producers, from generations-old bakers to a new breed of cheesemakers, which is why we’ve long found it bewildering that the South Australian capital hasn’t been one of Australia’s top eating cities.

That’s changed. Adelaide is home to a handful of Australia’s best restaurants, from Magill Estate and Africola to Press Food and Wine, among others. It also has excellent cafes, a flourishing small bar scene, and cool casual eateries.

3. Taste contemporary native Australian cuisine and indigenous ingredients

Australia’s finest chefs, from Ben Shewry at Attica to Peter Gilmore at Quay incorporate indigenous Australian ingredients, such as lemon myrtle, bush tomato and quandongs into their dishes. We strongly recommend sampling Australia’s wonderful native ingredients wherever you can.

Better yet, buy some products, such as those by Outback Pride, which you’ll find at The Essential Ingredient, good supermarkets, markets, and providores, and grab a copy of the Outback Cafe cookbook by Aboriginal chef Mark Olive.

4. Eat your way around the world in Australia’s multicultural suburbs

Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural countries with a long history of embracing cultural diversity. Getting a taste of Australia’s culinary diversity, whether at a food festival or suburban neighbourhood eatery, will arguably be one of the best food experiences in Australia you have.

There’s an abundance of excellent ‘ethnic’ restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and specialty food shops dotting the streets of most city suburbs, especially in Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Sydney and Melbourne, where a fantastic, authentic and affordable meal is often just a short train ride away.

In Sydney we love Campsie, the location of a fantastic food festival, for everything from Korean to Arabic, and Cabramatta, for its authentic Vietnamese. Noodlies blog is a delicious source of info on cheap ethnic eats in Sydney.

In Melbourne, head to Dandenong for Indian and Arabic, and Richmond for Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines. Adelaide is peppered with plenty of authentic ethnic eateries, especially Greek and Italian, while Perth’s best Asian food can be found in Northbridge.

5. Experience a taste of Asia in Australia’s Chinatowns

Some of the best food experiences in Australia are to be found in its Chinatowns. The Chinese have been emigrating in Australia since European settlement and you’ll find a Chinese restaurant in almost every suburb and country town.

As you’d expect, the big cities of Sydney and Melbourne are home to the best, with restaurants that specialise in regional cuisines, such as Sichuan. Their streets and lanes lined with Asian supermarkets, bakeries, food halls, restaurants, cafés.

However, these days China-towns are really Asia-towns, and you’ll find everything from Thai grocery stores to Taiwanese sweetshops, Korean BBQ joints to Japanese ramen shops. Click through for our guide to Sydney’s Chinatown, where must-do experiences include yum cha for weekend brunch and late night suppers.

6. Treat yourself to a foodie flight to spectacularly located restaurants

Some of the best food experiences in Australia begin and end with a short flight. A don’t-miss experience for foodies visiting Sydney is a ‘fly and dine’ flight on Sydney Seaplanes. We flew to Berowra Waters Inn for a sublime meal, but you can also fly to Manfredi at Bells and Killcare, Jonahs at Whale Beach, Cottage Point Inn on the Hawkesbury River, and Catalina right on Sydney Harbour. They will also fly you to Shark Island for a picnic. See

7. Feast on fish and chips by the beach

The best food experiences in Australia don’t always have to be the most expensive and one of Australia’s most quintessential foodie experiences is evidence of that – feasting on fish and chips by the beach with your toes in the sand and a salty wind whipping your face.

Some of our favourite spots for fish and chips include Sydney’s Manly, at a picnic table under the pine trees and Melbourne’s St Kilda beach, where you should spread out a blanket on the sand to watch the sun set over St Kilda pier.

Adelaide’s Glenelg is home to another splendid pier and soft creamy sand. In Perth, we love the waterfront of Rottnest Island‘s Thompson Bay, and the Boat Harbour at Fremantle, and on South Fremantle beach, although there you’ll have the smoky aromas of weekend barbecues tempting you to search for a steak.

Click through for our guide to Sydney’s best beaches and more ideas for spots for feasting on fish and chips. Can’t get to Australia? Make your own beer-battered fried fish, homemade tartare sauce, and hand-cut fries using our recipes.

8. Eat contemporary ethnic cuisine at cool urban eateries

Australia’s hip contemporary ethnic eateries are often the products of the children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of Australian immigrants, or chefs and restaurateurs who grew up eating Australia’s diverse array of ethnic foods.

I use ‘ethnic’ here for want of a better term because people from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America have been making Australia their home since soon after the British colonisers arrived in 1788.

It was as early as the 1800s that Chinese, Greeks, Italians, Lebanese, and Syrians started settling in Australia, so food from those countries is hardly ‘foreign’ to Australians. While you’ll find fantastic traditional food everywhere, we love the newer representations of these cuisines.

Sometimes they’re contemporary because of the elegant presentation of authentic flavours, at other times it’s due to creative new twists on old heritage recipes, while sometimes it’s just the ingredients used, duck instead of chicken, lobster in stead of fish. In Sydney we love restaurants such as The Apollo and Longrain, and in Melbourne, Rumi, The Moor’s Head, and Chin Chin.

9. Buy fresh local produce and gourmet treats at food markets

Some of the best food experiences in Australia are to found at markets. Australia’s cities and towns are home to some fabulous fresh produce markets, the largest and busiest open daily or at least five days a week in the cities and in country towns held once a week or at the monthly.

In some less-populated rural areas farmer’s markets might tour a region, so if you’re travelling around the country check ahead with tourist offices in the destinations you’re headed for to find out what’s on when.

Melbourne’s best markets are Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market and Prahran Market; in Sydney, Pyrmont Grower’s Market, The Rocks Farmers Markets, Paddy’s Market, and Sydney Fish Markets; and in Adelaide, Adelaide Central Market, which is home to everything from Russian and Latvian to Italian and Greek.

10. Indulge in fine Australian food and wine on an epic train ride

Great Southern Rail offers some of the best food experiences in Australia on the rails, on their recently revamped menus and food and wine experience in the luxury Platinum and Gold classes on its handsome trains, The Ghan and The Indian Pacific.

Well thought-out multi-course menus are inspired by the regions the train trundles through and feature seasonal ingredients from those areas, and you get to wash it all down with great Australian wines.

Off-board whistle-stop tours also highlight Australia’s wonderful food and wine, and might include anything from a visit to cheesemaker Victoria McClurg’s Barossa Valley Cheese Co. or family-owned Apex Bakery, which has been making artisanal bread since 1924.

The special Indian Pacific Food and Wine Train offers what’s hands-down one of the best food experiences in Australia we’ve ever had.

11. Graze on the go on a foodie walking tour

Some of the best food experiences in Australia can be had on culinary tours. As you know, we love a good foodie tour – see some of our picks of the world’s best foodie walks here – and we have tested out some terrific eating adventures in Australia.

You can do foodie walking tours everywhere, from all of Melbourne’s best markets to a wonderful wander around multicultural Dandenong, Melbourne’s Little India, and one of its most cosmopolitan suburbs – 55% of residents are foreign born, from 156 different countries – on Foodie Trails’ Masala Trail.

12. Rub shoulders with the world’s best chefs at Australian food festivals

Food festivals host some of the best food experiences in Australia in the cities and towns that are the location of some of the country’s finest foodie events.

For starters, there’s the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, regularly attended by the world’s best chefs, such as Rene Redzepi of Noma‎ in Copenhagen and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena.

There’s the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, held in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal towns and Margaret River Gourmet Escape, which takes place in the food and wine heaven that is this southeast Western Australian region.

Food festivals not only provide a chance to feast on fine Aussie food and drink, but also meet great chefs, do masterclasses, watch inspiring presentations, taste wine, and even learn how to make cocktails.

13. Plonk yourself at the bar for a pub counter meal

Waiting in line at a pub’s kitchen counter to order your meal then return to the table or bar with a number on a stand or a table buzzer to wait for your grub may not sound all that appealing but it’s a quintessential Aussie eating experience.

But for us, one of the best food experiences in Australia is a traditional counter meal at a historic pub in The Rocks in Sydney or a beer garden in the ’burbs or outback. While these are must-do experiences, make sure you also try some of the stylish new breed of pubs.

When he was involved in the Melbourne Pub Group, Chef Paul Wilson helped revive the pub counter meal, by doing traditional pub tucker better than it’s ever been done before at The Middle Park Hotel and gave pub grub a Latin American cum Californian spin at The Newmarket.

Counter meals are also a great option for budget travellers, often going for as little as $10 a dish. Look for mid-week specials such as ‘parmas’ in Melbourne and steaks in Sydney. See our tips here for experiencing Melbourne on a budget and Sydney on a budget.

14. Picnic at a waterfront park or barbecue by a beautiful beach

After fish and chips by the sea, beach barbecues and picnics in waterfront parks are close runners-up for some of the best food experiences in Australia to be enjoyed, especially on summer evenings and weekends.

We have a lot of memories of family barbecues in a park by a beach, river or lake, and picnics with friends sprawled out on a blanket in the sunshine at a park on Sydney Harbour. Barbecues are trickier for visitors to Australia to organise – a good reason to make local friends – although picnics are relatively easy to put together.

Just head to a market or a few specialty food shops in the morning. See this post on the loveliest parks for picnics in Perth from our recent trip.

15. Enjoy the outstanding food and wine of Orange, New South Wales

Australia has an abundance of fabulous wine regions dotted across its southern states and we love them all, so it’s probably unfair of us to single out one. However, we have a soft spot for the Orange district wine region in New South Wales which truly impresses not only for its splendid grapes, but its delicious food and superb restaurants.

Try to get to one of the district’s delicious foodie festivals, such as Orange FOOD Week or Orange Wine Week or time a visit to coincide with Orange Farmer’s Market. If you can’t get to Orange, try to get to Taste Orange in Sydney. Click-through to this post on A Taste of Orange for more information.

16. Snack and sip as you sample Melbourne and Sydney’s small bar scenes

Australia was always a land of pub-goers until the late 1980s when European style bars started to flourish in Melbourne and in Sydney pubs began to transform one of their spaces into an upmarket bar where women would feel more welcomed.

But it wasn’t until recent decades, after liquor licensing laws changed in Sydney in 2008, that bar owners really began to get creative when it came to the style and concepts of their bars and started to focus on serving quality wines, premium spirits and innovative cocktails, as well as seriously tasty snacks and small plates to go with them.

There’s such an abundance of fantastic bars, especially in Melbourne and Sydney, that once you start to explore them, barhopping can become addictive. Click through to our local guide to the Sydney small bar scene by Daniel Knight of Hinky Dinks, for some of our favourite Sydney bars.

17. Partake in a traditional afternoon tea at the Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

The Hotel Windsor has been serving its traditional afternoon tea continuously since 1883 and it’s easily Australia’s best afternoon tea experience. It’s as popular as ever, with the sumptuous afternoon tea rooms packed with tables of raised pinkies every day, so book ahead. Expect bubbly, dainty sandwiches, pies, scones, and the Windsor’s own blend of tea.

When you’re in Sydney, try Chef Stefano Manfredi’s contemporary and very heady take on afternoon tea: High Coffee at the InterContinental Hotel’s Cortile, which begins with an espresso martini and ends with coffee ‘corrected’ with grappa.

18. Settle in somewhere with a kitchen to cook fresh Australian produce

If a stroll through one of Australia’s excellent markets – Sydney Fish Market and Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market with their superb fresh seafood; Chinatown Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets with its fabulous fragrant Asian greens; Adelaide Central Market with its European specialty shops – doesn’t have you looking for an apartment or holiday house so you can cook, then a visit to an outstanding gourmet specialty shop will.

Try Victor Churchill, Hudson Meats, Fratelli Fresh, the Essential Ingredient, and Simon Johnson. Click through for our reviews of long-stay accommodation that we tested out in SydneyMelbourne, and Perth.

19. Splurge on a luxury food safari at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island

Our favourite luxury Australian resort is Southern Ocean Lodge and while we love its dramatic location on the ruggedly beautiful coast of one of our favourite Australian islands, Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals call it), it’s a frustrating one because there are so many fabulous foodie delights to lure you away from the resort, which is a very hard place to leave.

In its third year, the KI Food Safari uses Southern Ocean Lodge as its base from which to spend six days exploring the island while tasting its phenomenal produce and wines at farms, dairies, orchards, beekeepers, aqua-farms, and vineyards, and at Southern Ocean Lodge’s own excellent restaurant.

It is expensive, but it’s all-inclusive, and having stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge twice and travelled all over the island visiting producers and wineries we can vouch that it’s worth every cent.

20. Munch into Australia’s best cheese toasties

How good could a cheese toastie possibly be that we include it on a list of Australia’s best food experiences? This good. Firstly, it’s important to understand that Australians have long loved their toasted sandwiches also known as toasted sangas or toasties. (Australians love to shorten everything).

Americans have their burgers and mac’n’cheese, but for Aussies the toastie has always been our go-to comfort food and we have them down to art. Made well, with generous amounts of quality ingredients, they can come close to sublime, as do those made by the guys at petite Toastface Grillah, located on street art-painted alleyway in the centre of Perth.

Order the classic ‘Ham and Cheese’ to see what we mean. Or the even gooier ‘3 Cheeses’ with cheddar, gruyere and emmental. Or the ‘Chilli Cheese’ with cheddar, chilli and smoked paprika. They’re all divine.

21. Learn from Australia’s finest chefs in master-classes at Great Barrier Feast at qualia resort on Hamilton Island

Australia boasts an array of beautiful luxury lodges and qualia on Hamilton Island is another and it’s also home to a regular weekend foodie event, Great Barrier Feast. This one is firmly focused around the resort, however, so you won’t feel guilty about going anywhere.

Activities revolve around a series of masterclass-style presentations (no hands-on) with a special guest chef that is punctuated by meals and finishes with a gala dinner of a degustation meal by the chef with matching wines.

When we went, chef Dan Hunter of The Royal Mail delighted guests with his special farm to table cuisine, and Chef Peter Gilmore, one of Australia’s best chefs, taught everyone some plating tricks. Click through to watch the behind-the-scenes time-lapse Terence shot at the gala dinner when we attended.

22. Demolish a meat pie and mushy peas at Harry’s Café de Wheels or a historic pub

One of the best food experiences in Australia you can have is to demolish one of Australia’s best meat pies with mushy peas at the legendary Harry’s Café de Wheels in The Rocks, Sydney’s original food truck.

However, if you can’t make it there, hit a historic pub in one of the big cities or a country town. While the pies won’t be as good as they are at Harry’s – unless they’re homemade – there’s something about eating a pie within sandstone walls or on a wide verandah with wrought-iron railings that adds to the flavour.

In Sydney, we like the atmospheric old pubs in The Rocks and adjacent Millers Point, like The Fortune of War, Lord Nelson Hotel and Hero of Waterloo.

23. Slurp pho at Vietnamese suburbs Cabramatta, Richmond and Northbridge

Around 220,000 Vietnamese-born people live in Australia (3.5% of Australia’s overseas born population), which doesn’t include Vietnamese-Australians – the children and grandchildren of the first wave of Vietnamese migrants who arrived in Australia in the mid-1970s and now represent Australia’s fifth largest migrant community.

What that means for eating enthusiasts and soup lovers is that some of the best food experiences in Australia are to be found in our Vietnamese suburbs. Australia has some of the most authentic Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam making it virtually a crime to leave the country without slurping a bowl of pho.

Head to the suburbs of Richmond in Melbourne, Northbridge in Perth, and in Sydney, lively Cabramatta, the focus of much of food writer Thang Ngo’s excellent blog Noodlies, the best resource for Vietnamese and other cheap eats in Sydney.

24. Savour gourmet food on a luxury bush walk

One of the best food experiences in Australia are to be had on a hike, before, during, and after. When Australians go bushwalking they typically cram their backpacks with sandwiches and fruit.

On Walk Into Luxury, a high-end hike on the breathtaking Cape to Cape Track in the Margaret River Region, we were given gourmet lunch boxes full of delicious regional snacks to fill our backpacks, and at the end of each day were collected and transported to stylish accommodation where platters of crayfish, grilled vegetables, cheeses, and chilled wines awaited us.

And that was only to keep us sated until dinner, when we were transported to iconic regional restaurants, such as Cape Lodge, for degustation menus matched with local wines.

25. Tuck into Australia’s best fried chicken

Firstly, it must be said that Australia’s best fried chicken was inspired by the fiery Nashville-style cayenne-spiced chicken that chef Aaron Turner of Igni went mad over on an overseas hiatus he spent in the USA’s music capital.

And the menu at his Hot Chicken Project in downtown Geelong, Victoria, is typical of any you’ll find in Nashville’s hot chicken joints. The free-range chicken, however, is distinctly Australian, with its wonderful flavours enhanced by the intense heat that produces the crispiest skin and most succulent, juicy meat.

The wines are Australian too, many of them local, natural and organic, and carefully chosen to match the heat levels of the chicken.

26. Sign up for a coffee cupping in Australia’s coffee capital Melbourne

Okay, so it’s not strictly a food experience unless you’re dunking some biscuits into your coffee, but coffee cupping in Australia’s coffee capital Melbourne is a must-do when you’re visiting the city.

We thought Market Lane served the best coffee so we tried their coffee cupping, which is really just a coffee tasting, and it’s a fascinating exercise for caffeine lovers if you haven’t done one before. You will develop a new appreciation for coffee in the same way you do for wine after your first proper guided tasting.

Market Lane no longer has public coffee cupping sessions, but countless other cafes do around the city. Try Proud Mary Coffee and Seven Seeds, which both offer free weekly cupping events. Laneway Learning also offers ‘Coffee Cupping Like a Pro’ classes with experts from Melbourne Barista Guild.

27. Savour sublime Australian artisanal cheese

Australia is producing some terrific quality cheeses, thanks partly to Will Studd, who helped shape Australian tastes through his cheese importing business, television series Cheese Slices, and his activism, lobbying and support of cheese-makers.

Read our story on Will Studd here. Australia’s chefs can also be congratulated for promoting the country’s artisanal cheese producers, such as Holy Goat, Bruny Island Cheese Company and Woodside Cheese Wrights, by including their products on their menus.

You won’t find great Aussie cheeses at the supermarkets – buy them from markets, especially farmer’s markets, specialty shops, and direct from producers when you can.

28. Acquire a taste for Vegemite

Some of our best food experiences in Australia involve Vegemite, whether it’s eating Vegemite on damper washed down with billy tea at a camping site in Kakadu or spreading Vegemite on sourdough at a luxury lodge on Lord Howe Island.

I don’t know an Aussie who doesn’t like Vegemite on toast for breakfast, but there are probably a few out there. We love the stuff – so much so that we’ll pay ridiculous prices for a jar here in Southeast Asia. So, yes please, if you’re heading our way, you know what to bring us.

We do appreciate that it is an acquired taste for some palates, but trust us, rich in umami with a saltiness, bitterness, malty, and even slightly sweet flavours, a taste for Vegemite is worth acquiring if you really want to understand the Australian foodie’s palate.

29.Talk food with food loving Aussies online

Australia’s food-lovers are a friendly lot of individuals who we’ve always found to be generous with their foodie tips and insights. We first met many of our food industry friends online on Twitter, including restaurateur John Fink (@finkfilm), man of mystery Kenneth Leung (@emeow), and Japanophile and cookbook author/editor extraordinaire Jane Lawson (@janelawsonfood).

Another foodie who is generous with his tips is food writer and blogger Thang Ngo (@thangngo) whose excellent blog Noodlies is jam-packed with reviews of off-the-beaten-track eateries and also has a list of 300 of the best Sydney food blogs.

If you enjoy the experience of drooling, cookbook editor-cum-market providore Karen Lateo (@VanityFare1) shoots some of the most lipsmackingly delicious-looking images around. If you’re eager to discover more of the best food experiences in Australia, these are the people to consult.

30. Eat like there’s no tomorrow in mouthwatering Melbourne

Some of the best food experiences in Australia are to be tasted in Melbourne. I was born in Sydney and Terence in Brisbane, and we lived in Sydney together for 12 years before shifting overseas in 1998.

We try to return to Australia at least once a year or every two years, generally around Christmas to see family and friends, as well as work on stories. We’ve spent more time in Sydney and Melbourne in recent decades than we have since we moved abroad and have sampled some of the best food experiences in Australia in those cities.

Sydney is not only breathtakingly beautiful (it’s easily one of the world’s best-looking cities in the world), but the city is home to many of Australia’s best restaurants. However, if you were a foodie who could only visit one Australian city, then I’d have to recommend you make it Melbourne.

Our Mouthwatering Melbourne time-lapse explains why. If that doesn’t get you salivating, nothing will. Got time for two foodie destinations? Then definitely do Sydney and Melbourne.

31. Drink in Melbourne’s long coffee history on a cafe culture walk

Australia is the land of the long flat white and Melbourne is arguably the world’s coffee capital with an increasingly sophisticated cafe. Drink in the Victorian capital’s long coffee history and get a taste of its cafe scene on a Melbourne Cafe Culture Walk, guided by coffee lover, Fiona Sweetman, or one of her excellent guides.

Fiona is the founder of Hidden Secrets, best known for creating Melbourne’s must-do walking tour, the hugely popular Lanes and Arcades tour. Her cafe culture walk tells the story of coffee drinking in the city from the earliest tea stands and coffee houses to the coolest cafes right now, with coffee sipping and tastings along the way.

What do you think are the best food experiences in Australia? What are your favourites?


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4 thoughts on “Best Food Experiences in Australia – The Most Delicious Eating Down Under”

  1. I would love to know what dish you would tell a foodie from the UK to try, if they could only afford one restaurant meal in OZ?

  2. Hi Janice, that’s tough because the good chefs change their menus quite often. I would however, say something from Quay, check this story here: because he’s always seeking inspiration for nature and his travels. I love his connection with the land, the sea, Australia and the influences of Asian ingredients and flavour combinations that inform his food.

  3. What a comprehensive article! It makes me more than a little homesick though :( I grew up in Melbourne but also spent many years living in Sydney. I love both cities and think that the food in each is wonderful, but I agree that Melbourne edges out Sydney somehow – although I’m not sure I can explain why. I also think the wineries in general deserve a mention. Margaret River, the Barossa Valley, the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Rutherglen etc. The food I’ve had in some of those places has almost outdone the scenery :) And I love that you have Harry’s on the list, that’s where Michael proposed to me one chilly afternoon in 1998 :)

  4. Hi Victoria
    So lovely to know Harry’s has a special place in your heart! What a lovely idea! Was the proposal planned or spontaneous?
    Did I say that Melbourne edges out Sydney food-wise?! I think the cities are on par when it comes to food. Each city has wonderful restaurants, fantastic foodie neighbourhoods, great eat streets. Gosh now I’m both hungry and homesick!
    And, yes, agree the wine regions are really special too.
    Thanks for dropping by!

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