Score 8.6

The big names. The daring menus. The six-month-long waiting lists. Yes, Melbourne has some truly exceptional restaurant experiences on offer, but what we really love about this city is that you don’t need to go high-end, to go high-end. Good food is just about everywhere, as Tom Neal Tacker’s awesome little itinerary demonstrates: “Start early Saturday morning at Queen Victoria Markets with a coffee at ‘Bratwurst corner’, then roam at will. Go by train to Box Hill for a simple lunch of dumplings and/or noodles and food shopping. Dinner choices abound in and around Smith Street/Gertrude Street in Collingwood. Sunday morning, take a grazing stroll in South Melbourne Market or Footscray Markets and their surrounding cafés. It’s possible to do both but exhausting. Hop on a tram back to the CBD and pick a smart city restaurant for dinner.” Then do it all again in the morning. More info: Visit Melbourne

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