Emporium Melbourne, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
03 8609 8221
In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD is a light-filled, architecturally designed space offering sweeping views of the city skyline. Take a seat and take a breath before soaking up the sights and sounds of your surroundings.
Specialty coffee is brewed, salads are tossed and dumplings are steamed to perfection – all ready to be savoured by hungry diners. There’s a quiet murmur of business meetings, friends catching up and solo shoppers refuelling before their next stop – it is far from your typical food court. Melbourne is renowned for its world-class dining options, and both tourists and locals are satisfied with nothing less than the best. When premium retail centre Emporium Melbourne opened in the CBD, the team unveiled dining options to fulfil every foodie’s needs.
The space was designed to make the most of the views – letting light pour in through huge geometric windows during the day, and showcasing the city’s cosmopolitan sparkle as night falls. Emporium Melbourne attracts visitors for its high-end fashion, and the Cafe Court is minimal, sleek and stylish to match. The lighting, furniture and acoustics were carefully considered to create a space that’s warm, inviting and tactile.
Taking a step away from the mainstream, mass-produced offerings of food courts past, Emporium Melbourne leased the spaces to independent operators who could bring something different to the dining experience. From quick healthy bites to an indulgent long lunch, there is a diversity of venues that cater to every price point and preference.
Pay a visit to Melbourne favourite, Jimmy Grants (pictured top left), owned by renowned chef George Calombaris, George Sykiotis and partners, serving up a taste of the Aegean with flavour-packed souvas and feta-topped fries. With more than 200,000 souvas served within a year of opening, it would be an understatement to say the eatery is popular.
Sample award-winning seafood at Tank, recently named as one of the top ten fish and chip venues in Melbourne by the Age Good Food Guide, or try Din Tai Fung’s internationally famed xiao long bao – delicate dumplings filled with hearty pork broth (pictured bottom left). Finish your meal on a sweet note: pick up a creative dessert creation by celebrity chef Adriano Zumbo.
If you’re after something light and fresh, there are plenty of wholesome options packed with flavour. Emporium Melbourne prides itself on leading the charge in healthy dining, and has brought on board boutique food outlets to deliver fresh and nourishing fare. Design a custom salad at Mero Mero, pile your plate with vegan goodies at Supercharger, or create a superfood bowl at Thr1ve, which will keep you going all day. Stop off for a specialty flat white at Botica (pictured bottom right) before setting off to explore further.
It’s no surprise that many of Emporium Melbourne’s visitors come just to dine – with so many options available, there’s something for every mood. It won’t just be your palate that’s entertained – there’s theatre to be found everywhere. Watch the hawker-style stalls flip rotis, the sushi chefs’ precise slicing or engage in a little theatre of your own at Tetsujin’s cook-your-own teppanyaki.
The experience is a complete departure from the food courts of yesteryear. Emporium Melbourne knows how seriously Melbourne takes dining, and has created a dining experience that will not simply satisfy, but astonish.