Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon
66 Lygon Street
Melbourne, VI 3053
Phone: (61) 3 96635555
Fax: (61) 3 96623308
Bars & Cafes
One of Melbourne’s premier gelati shops, Il Dolce Freddo caters to childhood expectations of what an ice-cream shop should be. Housed in a decorated Victorian shop front, the gelateria displays pictures of decadent sundaes and its glass-front counter is filled with mountains of gelati in a rainbow of flavors. The inner child would be thrilled by a cone of Nutella or Snickers. Those with more adventurous tastes might try Green Tea or Durian. The gelatis are made fresh daily, using real fruit, and flavors change seasonally. And, for those not into gelati, there are rich Italian hot chocolates.
Pasta Rustica offers a rustic experience of dining the Italian way. You can either enjoy your food near the fireplace set between the bricked walls, or in the vast alfresco dining areas. The furniture and the lighting in the dining area gives an Italian feel. To add more to its tradition, some walls are bare and others are decorated with the alfresco. The menu has something for everyone and all the food is freshly prepared. Among favorites, the seafood dishes, gnocchi with bocconcini are highly recommended.
This fast paced pizza, pasta, meat and seafood restaurant is right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Little Italy. Customers at Il Gambero can dine out at the front, al fresco, or inside where the aroma of freshly baked pizza will stimulate appetites. Decoration is minimal, the atmosphere is provided by the sound of happy customers enjoying themselves. Try starting with the delicious oysters sicilian. Chase that with a fettuccine carbonara.
This well-established Melbourne restaurant has gained quite a reputation, but with good reason. Royal Thai cuisine served well is one of the world's most sumptuous and delectable eating experiences. Everything is done in good taste: the decor, food, service and the overall presentation. Lemongrass Thai successfully combines all elements that make a restaurant "grand". This is not the place for a quick pre-cinema meal. The menu is both traditional and modern. "Think green papaya salad", "blue swimmer crab" and "black & white sticky rice", all as exotic as it sounds. Be warned though, that fine dining does come with high prices. Check website for hours of operation.
Dracula's is one of Australia's most celebrated and longest running cabaret restaurants! Enjoy a night of entertainment where burlesque, contemporary music, comedy and quality dining are all in the one incredible venue. Dracula's two hour live production features some of Australia's most talented performers. The production changes annually and continues to 'wow' audiences with spectacular musical entertainment and visual special effects. This multi-award winning venue has wined, dined and horrified over 3 million guests from all over the world!
Casa Del Gelato has the most amazing range of Italian ice cream, all made from the best and purest ingredients. Real fresh fruit is used to create flavors such as lemon, banana, passionfruit, amarena and melon. Adult flavors include tiramisu, rum and raisin, nougat, custard and pistachio. You may want to try the more unusual jasmine or cinnamon flavors. This place gets really crowded on hot summer nights, but the service is fast and friendly so you will not have to wait long for a cone piled high with incredible color and flavor.
Via Veneto is right in the middle of a strip of Italian restaurants all with masses of outdoor tables and traditionally dressed waiters. The competition is so fierce, that each employs a spruiker to lure in potential diners.
This cozy bar is also Melbourne's premier jazz venue, run by jazz connoisseurs for jazz connoisseurs. On busy nights, punters crowd into every available space, including the stairs. Chatting during performances is frowned upon, but that is as far as the snobbery goes. At other times, this is a great place for conversation. Owner Michael Tortoni presents music he believes in rather than following fads, earning him accolades for his contribution to the jazz community. The jam sessions with visiting international artists after their Concert Hall performances are legendary. Cheese and fruit platters, cake, focaccia, basic spirits and house wine are available.
Mr Tulk is the State Library's on site cafe which offers a casual dining experience in a 19th-century setting. The cafe has been named after Mr Augustus Henry Tulk, who was the first Chief Librarian in 1856, and who worked to build the Library's collection. For breakfast there is toast, porridge, pastries etc, while lunch has baguettes, toasted flat breads and an ever-changing list of kitchen specials. Lighter snacks include olives, fried potatoes, pizza by the slice, meatballs in sugo and battered sardines with salsa verde. The drinks menu includes coffee, juices, milkshakes, beer, spirits and wines. The cafe is an eclectic mix of heritage surroundings with dark wood tables, cafe chairs and modern furnishings, tall windows that create an inviting place. A long table and stools in the center remind one of the reading table in a library.
Jwow Wine Bar lets you make your selection from amongst 650 high quality Australian and European wines. An American styled bar, it also has a strong blend of the Orient. There are wine tasting sessions where you could sample some of the finest wines and masterpieces. For those not so taken up with wine, beers and soft drinks are also available. The best time to visit the bar however is in the evenings where the mood changes and there is a cozy and intimate vibe all through the bar.
Situated near the Queen Victoria Market, family owned and run Caffé Scaletti has a homley atmosphere. Some regulars are local workers who have eaten here every day for years. The decor is typical city café/restaurant. Movie posters decorate some walls and there are magazines and newspapers provided—making it a comfortable place for solo diners. It has the usual focaccia, pasta, risotto fare and a few specials. The lasagna is great, but disappears quickly. If it is not on the menu, try asking the chef, who does take requests. The house-made pastas range from traditional to nouveau.
Seamstress has the best Cantonese food in the area. Contemporary and reasonable, this restaurant boasts of delectable appetizers that will leave you asking for more. Experience the ultimate dining experience with the perfect Chinese food with a hint of South-East Asian flavor. There are 2 cocktail bars here serving the most amazing and delicious concoctions. However this place is certainly not for the teetotalers. A favorite among locals, reservations are recommended.