Chinatown, Melbourne

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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.
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  • A historical place located in the CBD of Melbourne. Great architecture with the buildings and Chinatown archers. Chinatown has food, shopping, arcades and lots more. Would highly recommend a visit her...  more »
  • We went several times through Chinatown and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of small staircases up to casinos, fried duck in Windows and Cafés. Most of the restaurants are very simple. Most are cheap and cheerful, visited by students. But there are some higher-quality examples like the flower drum. My favorite is the secret kitchen. There are many grocery stores and special Asian / souvenir shops, which offered everything from Manuka honey to to abalone. The Chinese Museum, which is worth a look inside his heart. Beautiful and peaceful oasis in the normal chaos.
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  • Chian Town and search navigation and quick. I went to lunch here. Many Chinese restaurant there, can enjoy various dishes, such as Sichuan, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, China. Asian ingredients that TANG Asian Food Emporium stores. Selling was also natto. Japanese living in Melbourne seems to frequently shopped here.
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  • I am originally from Melbourne, so it most likely helps that growing up here i know some good places to eat in china town. Most china towns around the world are just tourist traps with a few hidden gems that only locals or well travelled tourist will know about. Melbourne's china town is not the most impressive looking, hence i deducted a star. However, i personally feel that a lot of the restaurants around here definitely are very tasty. Most of them are quite authentic.
  • This area is buzzing with Asian food choices. Ate on the "Chinatown Strip" twice during Cristmas week. Incredible selection of Asian restaurants here. Did not do anything but eat here. Just look where there is either a line out the door or every table is packed and you probably found a good place to munch. Easy walk from Federation Square.
  • Awesome. I go every time I'm in Melbourne. Fun stuff and is open late all around. The later it gets the more sketchy it becomes. It's awesome. Tons of Interesting food restaurants but I wish they had more street vendor's. Lots of Asian chicks to check out and drunken white girls to stumble on. Fun times had each time.
  • Great variety of shops and restaurants. Definitely worth it for the dumplings. They really are world class. I recommend Shandong Mama, but there are lots of other good locations as well. An easy walk if you're staying closer to the river.
  • This Chinatown is must larger then Sydney's Chinatown. Large variety of different Asian cuisine from Thai to Japanese. Whatever your after you will find it here!
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