Chinatown, Melbourne

3.9
Chinatown is an ethnic enclave in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets, and consists of laneways, alleys and arcades. It is notable for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World and the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere.Since the arrival of Chinese immigrants during the Victorian gold rush of the early 1850s, Melbourne's Chinatown has played an important role in establishing the culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in Australia, and is still home to many Chinese restaurants, cultural venues, businesses and places of worship. Today, Melbourne's Chinatown is a major tourist attraction, known for its architectural heritage, annual festivals and cuisines of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean origins.Beyond Chinatown, Melbourne's Chinese community is well-represented in other areas of the city, such as Box Hill and Glen Waverley.
A visit to Chinatown represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Melbourne itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Chinatown
map
Chinatown Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
497 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • August 14, 2017
    Massive selection of places to eat. And the food is so good allow plenty of time for a walk around before you make a choice of where to go for lunch or dinner  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Or so they claim, according to the tourist brochures and guide books. It's worth strolling through Little Bourke Street to soak in the atmosphere and smells which you somehow only get from being in a ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Tried Mala Xiang guo (spicy hot pot) in this cold weather. Quite a few Cantonese cuisine along the streets worth to try - look out for queue!  more »
Google
  • September 12, 2017
    Beautiful and clean, with many Asian eating places and shops. Must go! Great place to take photos too.
  • September 3, 2017
    Awesome place for people interested in Westernised Chinese food and I mean that in a good way. The food at restaurants here is delicious. A true enclave in the centre of Melbourne.
  • September 2, 2017
    Love learning about the interesting history here, and the sculptures and architecture are great. Lots of good places to eat!
  • September 12, 2017
    Had food over there, was very nice and cheap. Good stuff.
  • September 8, 2017
    You can have different countries food . It's amazing Street.

Plan your trip to Melbourne

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Melbourne

The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Melbourne by other users

11 days in Australia BY A USER FROM JAPAN December, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Australia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL February, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, teens, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Australia BY A USER FROM SPAIN December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans