Melbourne is delighted to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in 2017 and is ready to provide a warm welcome to the world's culinary leaders in April.
As the epicurean centre of Australia, Melbourne’s vibrant eating and drinking scene is constantly evolving. As well as world-class restaurants that serve international and Australian cuisine by chefs who aren’t afraid to take risks – Melbourne is known for coffee, café culture, cocktail bars, music and nightlife, specialist markets, eat streets, multi-cultural precincts and an internationally renowned food and wine festival – all underpinned by adventurous producers, chefs and artisans who are driven by quality, authenticity and creativity.
Melbourne is unique not only for the sheer number of quality experiences, but also for the spaces in which they are delivered – in laneways and basements, on rooftops, in historic buildings and countless quirky spaces in between.
The depth of Melbourne’s cultural heritage contributes significantly to the richness and authenticity of food and wine experiences in the city.
Situated in the south-east corner of Australia, Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, the smallest state on the mainland but Australia’s largest exporter of food. The region’s distinct seasons, varied growing climates and terrain provide ideal conditions for the production of an abundance of quality food and wine.
Victoria produces an extraordinary breadth of specialty wine regions producing a remarkable range of quality wines from cool climate Shiraz and Pinot Noir to full bodied Chardonnays, exquisite sparkling wines, world famous Muscat and many more in between.