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Chinatown, Melbourne
(3.9/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Melbourne, Australia's Chinatown is located within the Melbourne city centre and is centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke St. It extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets. It is notable for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World and one of the oldest Chinatowns in the Southern Hemisphere.Since its inception in 1854 and the arrival of Chinese immigrants to Melbourne, the city Chinatown has played an important role in establishing the history and culture of the ethnic Chinese immigrants in Australia. An increasing interest in an ethnic variety of food and culture peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, Chinatown fuelled the growth of many restaurants, cafes, businesses and places of worship. Today, Melbourne's Chinatown is a major tourist attraction home to a variety of business and well known for its varied restaurants offering cuisines of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean origins.
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  • Everyone in Melbourne knows where China Town and has most likely had a cheap and cheerful meal here at one stage. You can hear and smell it from a block away, knowing that at least it is authentic. Me...  more »
  • I was really disappointed with Melbourne's interpretation of Chinatown. The street was small and didn't feature a diverse range of stores. There was no atmosphere - putting up archways and cultural st...  more »
  • Melbourne has a rich and very long history with people from all over Asia dating back to the Victorian gold rush in the 19th century when Melbourne was, for a time, the richest city in the world and C...  more »
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  • While a lot of the gift shops are unashamedly aimed at international tourists with their Ugg boot sales (never seen so many ugg boots in my life) and koala, wombat and kangaroo stuffed animals, there are a lot of good restaurants and some interesting vintage buildings. If you're a vintage architecture fan like me, you will be more than satisfied.
  • It almost feel like a Chinese street. There are many hidden restaurants around. There are good and bad ones. If you want the best experience in China Town make sure you do your research first. If you walk in a random restaurant it's like flipping a coin.
  • The world's oldest continuous operating Chinatown, make sure you don't neglect the restaurants on the side streets and laneways. Lots to see and lots of delicious food.
  • worthwhile going. so many restaurants and snacks there. each one represents a chinese food style. great choice for food lovers :)
  • Lots of foods and it's the great one! Long way to go and always be crowded by people. If you're carving for foods, these are the best place to go!