Spend even 15 minutes with someone from Melbourne and chances are they’ll boast about how incredible the city’s food and drink scene is. 

That’s why it’s no surprise Melbourne is the only Australian city to make the countdown of the World’s 100 Best Restaurants. As per Time Out, Gimlet at Cavendish House came in at number 84, a respectable showing. The grand restaurant and bar is located right in the CBD, and offers fancy cocktails, oysters, and even caviar.

That Gimlet only opened in the middle of the pandemic makes it even more impressive. No Australian restaurant made the Top 50, so there’s plenty of room for improvement next year.

Copenhagen’s Geranium took out this year’s top spot, a top-tier spot that focuses on foraged ingredients. The rest of the Top 5 was rounded out by restaurants in Lima, Barcelona, Madrid, and Mexico City. You can check out the full list here, if you want to start taking notes for your next trip abroad.

It’s not the only prestigious list Melbourne has performed well in recently. Last month, the city easily retained its place in the Top 10 of the world’s most liveable cities.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index placed Melbourne 10th out of 173 global cities, but it wasn’t such good news for other Aussie cities.

The list saw poor Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth drop out of the top 10 from last year, falling rather dramatically to 27th, 30th, and 32nd respectively. According to the EIU, the slow removal of COVID-19 restrictions was a major reason for the three cities dropping so low.

In 2023, Melbourne has one clear goal: take back the top spot. The Victorian city held the title of the world’s most liveable city for a massive seven years from 2011 before Vienna stole the throne in 2018.

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