NileGuide Expert Says:
Where every night is action packed, Melbourne’s Chinatown is the best place to grab a cheap bite to eat when bar hopping in the CBD.
Little Bourke Street
(Between Swanston and Russell streets)
3000 Melbourne, Australia
tel: +61 (0)39 658 9658 (Visitor Information Centre)
fax: +61 3 9650 7787(Tourist Information)
For something that's Chinese, there's nothing foreign about Melbourne's Chinatown.
Carving the centre of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) in the top end of Little Bourke Street, Chinatown is a bustle with restaurants, shops and a mixture of delicious aromas with at times, rather unsavoury wafts from back alleys. But we're talking Melbourne where smelly alleyways boast some of the coolest hole-in-the-wall bars, so best look for the giant dragon gates and jump on board the orient express.
Whether its Yum-Cha at the Shark Fin Inn or some Placenta face-cream from one of the many beauty shops, Chinatown is mostly hit up by Melbourne's hipsters for cheap and fast dumplings. David and Camy is an institution on Thursday nights for bright young things in tight denim, flannel and neon lipstick, fresh from the latest exhibition opening and hungry for some pork dumplings at below reasonable prices.
A maze of shops of things you didn't know you needed awaits and you'll feel strange air of shopper's delight and remorse when you leave with a giant cat shaped lamp under your arm.
Look up from street level windows of slightly depressed crayfish to reveal a plethora of karaoke joints ready to take advantage of one too many Tsingtao.
Visit on Thursday nights to see Melbourne's Movers & Shakers play, or any night on the weekend when the pretty waitresses attempt to lure you in by screaming the menu as you pass by, but always with a smile.