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Living the Foodie Dream in Melbourne

I cannot stress enough how much of a foodie paradise Melbourne is. Take for instance the multitude of ethnic restaurants. Just walk along the streets in the central business district and your thirst for fancy cuisine will be satisfied. For those hungry for Greek food, there are Italian and Greek precincts that cater to Mediterranean tastes. Connoisseurs of Asian dishes will fall into raptures by the sight of the longest Chinatown in the world complete with Asian restaurants, food courts and shops.

Multiculturality Includes Food Diversity

So, let me illuminate you on the reason for this multicultural food heaven for a moment. First of all, you should know that Melbourne hosts around 140 cultures and speaks 170 languages. The first wave of immigration started in the 1850s when gold was discovered, which lead to a rush of Chinese immigrants. Italians flocked in between the 1920s and 50s resulting in the Melbournian’s obsession with coffee. The Greek community makes up the third largest in the world. Last but not least, one should not forget the Vietnamese population since Nguyen is the second most popular name in Melbourne – of course the food is just as sought after and a must try as well.

Whatever your tastebuds scream for, you can be sure to find it in Melbourne. Whether seeking smaller treats and satisfying a sweet tooth, chocolate shops and bakeries are waiting to cater to you. Grab a chocolate frog, enjoy a basil filled white chocolate praline or dote on a heavenly slice of artsy looking cake, there are gems to be found in the CBD, Fitzroy and Richmond ranging from franchises over the privately owned shops.

The Perfect Foodie Day

For the ultimate foodie day, head over to Pancake Parlour, where you can decorate your morning treat with a delicious variation of toppings. For a quick snack, make your way to the nearest Breadtop or, for a cheaper option, to a Chinatown bakery and fill you tray with seaweed buns, rainbow cake or egg tart.

Come tea time, head over to Fitzroy's Chocolatiers at Shocolate and have a piece of chocolate on the way to Richmond's Pana Chocolate shop where you will find it hard to decide on the daily changing freshly made cake slices. To round up the day of overindulgence, visit an ethnic restaurant in the city centre or help yourself at the buffet of the non-profit organisation Lentils as Anything and give a generous donation for the yummy food that has concluded the ultimate foodie day.


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I think I was always made for foreign countries. At the age of 8 I started learning English and a lifelong language romance began. Seeing the country of Shakespeare for the first time 6 years later only set free what has always been lurking: the travel bug. I went off to live in England and Sweden for a little over half a year, travelling whenever I could while studying and working, all the while blogging about my experiences and interrogating my new international friends about their own cultures, daydreaming of finally visiting their foreign lands. This year I made the decision to stop dreaming and start living the dream. I made the bold plan to travel through Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Japan within 11 months, discovering as much as I could and keeping my budget stable through jobs on working holiday visas. Here I am now and already in the midst of blogging about my adventures and travel stories. There is always something happening and I'd love to share it with you. I hope you join me on my crazy ride. See ya!

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