The city's keeping it safe with heaps more room to wine and dine. Find mini green parklets and laneway-wide takeovers spilling onto the streets.

A laneway restaurant

StoryVille

Melbourne's original (and potentially only) fairy tale bar has taken it outside with awesome new laneway dining. Located in Waratah Place, al fresco diners at StoryVille are treated to a glowing purple light show on the wall beside them and twinkling trees above. Combined with the theatrical cocktail menu, it's not a night you'll forget any time soon.

Outdoor dining beside the river

Park Lane by Pure South Dining

Another riverside escape comes in the form of Pure South's Park Lane pop-up. Their drinks menu featuring cocktails, summer spritzes, premium beers, sangria and more is designed to be enjoyed on their waterside lawn.

Street art in a laneway

Spice Market

Behind a red VIP rope, surrounded by Heesco's iconic street art and hidden down a tiny laneway. It doesn't get much more Melbourne than Spice Market's outdoor dining offer. Book ahead and feast on mezze goodness next time you visit.

An outdoor dining area

Tiamo

A Lygon Street classic that’s lasted decades, Tiamo's had a lush green makeover for summer. Be sure to cast an eye over the little specials blackboard, and note that gluten-free pasta is also available. Don't leave without a taste of the iconic tiramisu.

A couple drinking in a beer garden

Royal Standard Hotel

Beer garden, but make it fashion. The Royal Standard has hit the nail on the head with twinkling lights, overflowing planters and heaps of well spaced outdoor seating. Crisp pizzas, spritzes, fresh mussels and more are on the menu.

An outdoor dining spot in a laneway

Bar Lourinhã

The Bar Lourinha parklet is locked and loaded with umbrellas, gorgeous plants and good vibes. If it’s been far too long since you were blessed by the empanadas and cheesy croquettes, book online for your next Mediterranean inspired feast.

Array of dishes on white tablecloth, including rice and stir-fries.

Shark Fin Inn

Get in with Shark Fin's new al fresco dining in Little Bourke Street. This Chinatown fave now serves their delicious food outdoors, fenced in by a cute new flower bed display.

Outdoor dining on a sunny day

Grossi Florentino

Grossi is welcoming back loyal customers with instantly iconic street-side dining. Catch us crying tears of joy the second we lay eyes on the chocolate souffle.

A laneway bar

Bar Americano

Ok, so it’s not quite dining, but we couldn’t leave out Melbourne’s tiniest hidden bar. While the Bar Americano only has room inside for a handful of (standing) patrons, they’ve now taken over Presgrave Place with outdoor seating for up to 32 guests. Book online for your next negroni fuelled night out.

More spots with gorgeous outdoor dining areas

The Quarter

A Degraves Street staple, with tables filling the buzzing laneway.

City Wine Shop

Pick from a massive selection of wines that complement the European-inspired bar food menu.

Degraves Espresso Bar

Coffee, breakfast and lunch options in one of Melbourne's liveliest laneways.

Garden State Hotel

Multiple dining zones in one four-level building, including a pub, bistro and beer garden.

Last updated on Fri 19 Feb 2021

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