Looking for one of the Melbourne restaurants that has made this city Australia’s gastronomic capital? Or maybe one of the Melbourne bars famed for its atmosphere? Or perhaps you simply want to savour one of the heavenly concoctions frequently created in Melbourne cocktail bars. Whatever is top of your menu, it is close to hand when you stay at Mantra 100 Exhibition.
Let’s start with coffee, surely one of the most accurate measures of a civilised city. Café 60 is right next door, and offers the added convenience of a chargeback to your room. Exploring further afield, you’ll get a range of quality brews to choose from at 1,000£ Bend at 361 Little Lonsdale, or you could go for the classic European coffee experience of L’incontro Café at 140 Swanston Street.
Feeling hungry? Casual eateries like Magic Mountain (62 Little Collins Street) and Rice Paper Scissors (19 Liverpool Street) offer interesting fusions of Asian cuisine. For a hit of post-colonial India, try Tonka (20 Duckboard Place) with its award-winning wine list and art installation surrounds.
Prefer a more liquid diversion? Madame Brussels (59 Bourke Street) is the Melbourne bar scene at its most expressive. It has an unassuming street entrance, but once upstairs this rooftop bar’s kitsch décor, contagious atmosphere and suggestive drinks menu has the desired effect. For a nightcap, try a Melbourne institution, Gin Palace (10 Russell Place), open until 3.00am.
Or if you want one with the lot, head to Horse Bazaar (397 Little Lonsdale Street). Part bar, part restaurant, part music venue, part avant garde art space, serving yummy Japanese soul food and hosting all sorts of ‘happenings’, it’s a unique experience, yet typically Melbourne.
Conveniently located only 3 minutes from Mantra 100 Exhibition, Tazio offers one of Melbourne’s best traditional Italian pizzas and rustic Italian cuisine. Famous for its friendly atmosphere and ranked 4+/5 on Zomato, the venue offers a vast drink selection, weekend cocktail specials and a perfect setting for casual dining. Open weekdays from 7am until late and from 5pm until late on weekends. Chargeback facilities available to Mantra 100 Exhibition.
The ultimate expression of Melbourne night life is Magic Mountain Saloon. Serving up top-notch cocktails and contemporary Thai cuisine with a bustling flirtatious atmosphere, from breakfast until 3am. Chargeback facilities available to Mantra 100 Exhibition.