Colourful and buzzing, Chinatown is a sparkling jewel in Melbourne’s cultural crown. With Lunar New Year officially starting on 10 February, here's the lowdown on where to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Find top places to eat, quirky arcades to explore and hidden bars to discover.

Find the best dumplings in Chinatown

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Dine on dumplings at Shanghai Street

Take the queues snaking out the door as a sign that Shanghai Street is the real deal. Fried pork mini buns or fried chicken and prawn dumplings are on hand for the hungry. Steamed snacks await if you want a warming meal with a pillowy texture, and vegetarians have some un-bao-lievable options too.

More dumpling spots in Chinatown

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan

A dim sum icon, dubbed the world's most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant.

HuTong Dumpling Bar

HuTong Dumpling Bar

A three-level dim sum restaurant recreating the moody ambience of a Chinese dumpling house.

ShanDong MaMa Dumplings

ShanDong MaMa Dumplings

Traditional eastern Chinese cuisine mixed with diverse, multicultural influences.

Secret Kitchen

Secret Kitchen

An excellent spot for yum cha and Chinese delicacies.

Feast on hotpot

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Chinatown's most luxe hotpot experience

You've slurped your way through spicy Sichuan, kimchi stew and meaty beef broths. Now it's time to go luxe with Fishpot, a dazzling new hotpot restaurant serving silky smooth fish-based broth. Order luxurious ingredients like lobster, sashimi and premium wagyu to cook at your expert-designed hotpot station. Ready to eat? With the tap of a button the cooking basket automatically lifts up, no effort required.

More hotpot in Chinatown

QQ Chicky Pot

QQ Chicky Pot

Where chicken claypot meets hotpot and creates a dish with double happiness.

JiYu Thai Hot Pot

JiYu Thai Hot Pot

JiYu brings together Thai soup dishes and the modern Chinese hot pot concept.

Dragon Hot Pot

Dragon Hot Pot

Choose your base stock, then pick from over 100 fresh ingredients to make your own unique hotpot.

Momo Sukiyaki & Shabu Shabu

Momo Sukiyaki & Shabu Shabu

Japanese style hot pot restaurant.

Explore hidden gems in secret arcades

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From hard-to-find street food to Chinese cinema

If you're a bubble tea fiend head straight to Toppings n Tea in Kmart Centre and create your very own customisable drink. Need a quick bite? Order stuffed Chinese crepes from Wow crepes or feast on Malaysian hawker-style dishes like nasi lemak at Jom Corner. For even more tasty bites, wander upstairs in MidCity Centre, where custard-filled dessert puffs, big bowls of ramen and gluten free desserts await. While you're at it print photo keepsakes at Hailde Express or sit back and enjoy a Chinese-language movie. Explore more secret spots in this hidden gem.

More hidden arcade spots

Pinchy's

Pinchy's

A lobster and champagne bar with pescatarian and vegan-friendly menus.

Mr Ramen San

Mr Ramen San

Mr Ramen San serves Japanese ramen all the way from Hakata, Japan.

China Red

China Red

Chilli wontons, Shanghai shao long bao and touch-screen ordering.

Seek out the best sweet treats

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Sample Taiwanese desserts

Taiwanese sweet treat masters at BlackBall have a huge menu of sugary delights just for you. Try flaming tofu pudding with a crispy crème brule-type topping or mochi milk tea sprinkled with crunchy oreo crumbs. If you're having trouble deciding what to order, go for the dessert box feature nine mini favourites like red bean milky crushed ice, waffles, black sesame delights and more.

More Chinatown desserts and tea spots

Sweetie and Moustache

Sweetie and Moustache

Dessert central with the delicate and complex mille crepe cake being a specialty.

Dessert Story

Dessert Story

Offering different types of Asian desserts: tofu pudding, herbal jelly and crushed ice.

Maxims' Cakes & Pastry

Maxims' Cakes & Pastry

No-frills Chinatown bakery famous for its egg custard tarts.

Where to find the best bubble tea in Melbourne

Where to find the best bubble tea in Melbourne

Order vegan milk tea, brown sugar boba, famous Taiwanese treats and more.

Teaser

Teaser

Teaser in Russell Street offers a range of bubble teas to take away.

Taning Lemontea

Taning Lemontea

Freshly brewed lemon tea made to order, using top quality lemons.

Hey! I am Yogost x Kappa

Hey! I am Yogost x Kappa

A global brand that satisfies your sweet cravings while keeping you on track with your health goals.

Chimnutz

Chimnutz

Freshly baked chimney cake dessert with ice-cream!

Discover hidden bars

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Chinatown's cutest hidden bars

Chinatown has loads of secret spots to pop in for a cheeky cocktail or two. Hidden under the neon sign is Bar Clara, a gorgeous basement joint with an expertly curated cocktail list. Or go where the cool kids go and make your way to Section 8. Pull up a wooden pallet at this converted shipping container bar and sip on a frosty one. Then head upstairs to Ferdydurke next door complete with views of the laneway and DJs.

More of Chinatown's best hidden bars

Berlin Bar

Berlin Bar

A cocktail bar inspired by the German capital.

Union Electric

Union Electric

A laneway cocktail bar and rooftop gin garden hidden in Melbourne's Chinatown.

Moutai Melbourne Boutique

Moutai Melbourne Boutique

Be introduced to the illustrious world of China's most revered liquor.

StoryVille

StoryVille

A bar and nightclub that honours the childhood fables and fairytales we all know and love.

Find the best yum cha spots in Chinatown

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The best yum cha restaurants in Melbourne

The best way to celebrate Lunar New Year is with a big yum cha feast. Gather your family and friends and head to Chinatown for some of the best spots in Melbourne. Enjoy affordable Michelin starred restaurant Tim Ho Wan for BBQ pork buns and artfully pleated prawn dumplings. Seek out hidden gem Chine On Paramount and dine on dim sum while looking out over Chinatown Square. Or try one of Melbourne's oldest and most authentic Chinese restaurants and book a spot at Westlake.

The best Chinatown attractions

Museum of Chinese Australian History

Museum of Chinese Australian History

Museum preserving and displaying the history of Chinese immigration.

FM Karaoke Bar

FM Karaoke Bar

Karaoke bar with private rooms or an open space to show off your skills.

170 Russell

170 Russell

A live music venue with gigs seven nights a week.

Chinatown Cinema

Chinatown Cinema

This cinema screens the latest Chinese-language movies.

More of the best spots to visit in Chinatown

Crystal Jade Melbourne

Crystal Jade Melbourne

Serving modern contemporary Cantonese cuisine in Chinatown.

RuYi

RuYi

Premium pan-Chinese dishes with a great and innovative cocktail list.

Bornga

Bornga

Delicious Korean barbecue with loads of banquet options.

Ballers Clubhouse

Ballers Clubhouse

Melbourne's largest bar and games venue, in the heart of Chinatown.

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After dark dessert bars

After dark dessert bars

Discover Melbourne's best cakes, cocktails and sweet treats after the lights go down.

Rooftop at QT

Rooftop at QT

A rooftop bar where you can indulge in afternoons filled with tunes to nights under city lights.

The best wine bars in Melbourne

The best wine bars in Melbourne

Find luxurious cheese plates, hidden cocktail bars and cosy date-night spots.

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Ming Asian Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Ming Asian Fusion Restaurant & Bar

Where Asian fusion meets modern Australian food.

New Shanghai

New Shanghai

Located in Melbourne Central, New Shanghai offers Chinese cuisine of the Shanghai region.

Le Charme

Le Charme

Enjoy Hong Kong street food, Asian cuisine and desserts.

Gaylord Indian Restaurant

Gaylord Indian Restaurant

Gaylord showcases the finest in Indian cuisine.