Venture through the golden-roofed gateways and let the hanging lanterns guide you along Little Bourke Street into Australia’s oldest Chinatown.

In this iconic strip, between Spring and Elizabeth streets, neon lights hint at hidden bars, while dumplings, yum cha, karaoke and Asian fashion beckon from arcades, laneways and windows.

Visit at any time of year and you’re bound to find delicious food and inspiring sights, or see Chinatown come to life with festivals like Chinese New Year, Moon Lantern Festival and the Asian Food Festival.

Eating and drinking

Hutong Dumpling Bar

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

ShanDong MaMa Dumplings

Traditional eastern Chinese cuisine mixed with diverse, multicultural influences.

Section 8 Bar

A funky outdoor bar with drinks served from a converted shipping container.


Unassuming bar that feels like a New York loft, named after a 1937 Polish novel.

China Red

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

Flower Drum Restaurant

An iconic upscale Cantonese restaurant serving delicious food.

Chinatown attractions

Chinese Museum

The Chinese Museum documents, preserves and displays the history of Chinese immigration.

206 Bourke Street

A gateway to the Chinatown district and a unique retail and dining destination.

Chinatown Cinema

This cinema screens the latest Chinese-language movies.

The Paramount Corporate Centre

Three-level retail centre in Chinatown featuring a licensed food court.

Discover more

La Mama Courthouse

One of the great independent theatres of the city with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.

Regent Theatre

This landmark theatre is one of Melbourne’s premier live performance venues.

Melbourne Museum

Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.

Her Majesty's Theatre

This heritage-listed theatre has provided entertainment for Melbourne since 1886.