Chinatown is a neon-lit jewel in the CBD’s crown, dotted with quirky arcades, tiny basement bars and new outdoor pop-ups. See the world’s largest millennium dragon at the Chinese Museum, sing karaoke on a rooftop, and taste the latest Korean cult dessert.

Little Bourke and its surrounds reveal an endless source of delicious delicacies and new favourites, from late night BYO gems to iconic upstairs dining. Whether you’re after an intimate birthday feast or a dumpling-laden lazy Susan to feed a crowd, here are just a few top picks.

Spicy Shanghainese dish.

Ta-Ta House

Recharge like a local after a long Christmas shopping sesh. Ta-Ta House does all the classics, serving up steaming hot Shanghainese comfort food. Order pillowy dumplings and pork buns for a crowd, or tuck into a huge bowl of chicken congee for an instant rainy day pick-me-up. The egg noodles are thick, the chef’s specials are morning-fresh from the market, and there’s lots sizzling plates for vegos to love.

Chinese entrée.

Chine On Paramount

A hidden gem on Little Bourke, Chine On is a perfect date night or pre-theatre show dinner spot. Order the crispy salt and pepper calamari to start and try the Szechuan chili eye fillet for a bit of heat. Or go for black truffle fried rice for a fancy take on a crowd pleaser. Special occasion? Book the private dining room and splurge on lobster or snow crab.

Dining tables lined up near window.

Crystal Jade Melbourne

If you’ve always wanted to go all out for Chinatown dim sum, now’s your chance. Seasonal seafood is the star of the show at Crystal Jade, where the line for Sunday yum cha sometimes snakes around the corner. Order the signature king crab in fois gras or greenlip abalone. Try the famous winter melon soup, served in a hollowed-out melon, or go for dumplings stacked in steamers, ginger and prawn, or pork and coriander. Got an adventurous sweet tooth? Try sugared bird’s nest: the ultimate Cantonese delicacy.

Supper Inn Chinese Restaurant

Supper Inn has been serving authentic, yet affordable, Cantonese food for over 35 years.

Shoya Melbourne

Japanese fine dining combining traditional flavours with contemporary cuisine.

Shanghai Street

Shanghai Street in Little Bourke Street brings authentic Shanghainese food to Melbourne.


Let the hanging lanterns guide you along Little Bourke Street into Australia’s oldest Chinatown.

Last updated on Mon 14 Dec 2020

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