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Here's Everywhere You Need To Eat And Drink In Melbourne This Summer

Beat the heat and chill in some of Melbourne’s best cafés, bars, and restaurants.

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1. Uncle Drew, Clifton Hill

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Tucked in the charming 'burb of Clifton Hill, Uncle Drew is an easy, breezy café housed in an old milk bar. There's outdoor seating to soak up those rays, and some tasty eats like this breakfast bun. Yum!

2. Higher Ground, Melbourne CBD

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The food at this all-day eatery is epic, with fruit and flower-sprinkled ricotta hotcakes at brunch and mouth-watering share plates come sundown. But the real star of The Age Good Food Guide’s Café of the Year is the digs: a former power station with soaring ceilings and stunning arched windows.

3. Middletown, Prahran

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Sitting pretty on High street, Middletown is the goods for brunch. Think avo on cornbread with smoked beetroot and pomegranate, and this heavenly twist on eggs benny, with pork pastrami, and blood orange hollandaise. Yasss please!

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4. Small Axe, Brunswick

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Do you like carbs? Do you like eggs? Then you'll lose your actual shit over the genius breakfast pasta at Brunswick café, Small Axe. Salted ricotta, peas, and mint keep it summer fresh.

5. South Society, Mount Waverley

Who says all the good cafés are in the hipster 'hoods? South Society is luring serious foodies to Mount Waverley with a menu that includes Insta-perfect breakfast fodder, lunch, and dinner. But really, it's all about that Nutella French toast.

6. Rooftop at QT, Melbourne CBD

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Slick new CBD hotel QT Melbourne has thrown open its crazy-popular new rooftop bar, just in time for summer. With tasty bars snacks and, of course, cocktails aplenty, it's hands down the sexiest spot to sip this summer.

7. Embla, Melbourne CBD

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If you prefer to ensconce yourself in cosy surrounds and make like you're in Europe, Embla ticks all the boxes and then some. With a stellar wine list and vino-friendly bites, the latest offering from The Town Mouse team is the perfect spot for date night.

8. Pontoon, St Kilda

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Frosé by the bay; it doesn't get much more summer than that. Laid-back beach bar and eatery Pontoon has finally landed at the reborn Stokehouse complex. Expect pizzas, seafood, and plates for sharing, plus sunshine and good vibes.

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9. Garden State Hotel, Melbourne CBD

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Garden State is the four-level, greenery-filled behemoth of a pub now quenching the thirst of CBD punters on Flinders lane. Accommodating over 800 people, there's a public bar, beer garden, fancy cocktail saloon, and more.

10. Naked in the Sky, Fitzroy

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It's not new but this Fitzroy rooftop bar and restaurant is Melbourne summer. Come early when the weather plays nice, as the tapas, cocktails, and killer views quickly draw the crowds.

11. Hotel Jesus, Collingwood

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Super fun and fabulously kitschy, Hotel Jesus is the new Mexican joint from the Mamasita gang. It's got shades of Bali's Motel Mexicola, but with way better food and fewer hen's parties.

12. Fancy Hank's, Melbourne CBD

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Melbourne meat lovers rejoice! Fancy Hank has gone and gotten himself a permanent space on Bourke street. Expect smoked carnivorous offerings and comforting sides of carbs. Wash down your BBQ with a few froffs at the rooftop bar, Good Heavens.

13. Ricky & Pinky, Fitzroy

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Chinese food in a pub. Sound iffy? Then you clearly haven't been to the new Ricky & Pinky at Gertrude street's Builders Arms boozer. Modern Asian as imagined by Andrew McConnell? Enough said.

14. Paper Fish, St Kilda

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It's a barefoot affair at the Stokehouse's new kiosk, Paper Fish. Munch on sustainable seafood and sweet potato cakes, or grab yours to go and make for the sand.

15. Atlas Dining, South Yarra

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For something a bit more upscale, take your out-of-town visitors to the innovative Atlas Dining. The cuisine at this South Yarra game changer has a refresh every four months and is currently very focused on incredible Vietnamese cuisine. And for just $50 per head for four courses, it's seriously good value.

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