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Chinatown, Melbourne

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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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TripAdvisor
  • We have visited Chinatown in Melbourne several times and I would have to say I don't find that it has a particularly exotic atmosphere. Lots of restaurants catering to all price ranges, the odd lanter...  more »
  • Plenty of dining options, and probably best visited in the evening when lights are on. Good for a stroll if you have the time to window shop.  more »
  • Disappointing trip to Chinatown. Just a street with chinese restaurants. Nothing interesting for us as we didn't any of the restaurants  more »
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  • Great place for a quick feed. Also close to shops. Bit quiet sad, there are a lot of homeless in the area.
  • Lots of little restaurants serving hot, fresh and authentic Chinese food, dim sums and sea food. Good to peek in to a few before making a choice as rates and popularity differs.
  • Long Little Bourke street full of asian restaurant, cafes and couple of supermarkets. Good place for lunch break or laid back dinner.
  • Definitely visit for immersing yourself within a different culture within a stones throw of the Bourke St Mall. Easy to reach. A wonderful time to visit is about Jan/Feb when the the New Lunar Year is welcomed in. Happy Chinese New Year time looks fab in Melb with all the decorations, festivities and delicious foods to match. In fact any day is a good day to head to Chinatown for a quick bite and experience the delightful culture abd cusines on offer.
  • You can find authentic Chinese food here, also I fond the best ramen in here, Mr ramen San