Melbourne Winter Warmers: Your Guide to Cosy Dining Spots

Eat, Restaurants / 22 June 2023

Brace yourselves for a gastronomic journey as we dive into Melbourne’s diverse culinary scene this winter.

From the buzzing heart of the city to the charming suburbs, we’ve selected some unique dining destinations to keep you warm and satiated.

INDU, Melbourne CBD

Hidden away in the heart of Collins Street, INDU offers an intimate retreat in the middle of the bustling city. This restaurant serves up a contemporary interpretation of Sri Lankan cuisine. You’ll find heartwarming curries amongst more refined dishes touched with spice, ready to warm you from the inside out. And if that doesn’t work, you can make your way through their epic gin selection.

Old Palm Liquor, Brunswick East

At the heart of Brunswick East, Old Palm Liquor takes you on a retro journey with wood panelling and warm lighting. The distinctive menu, inspired by head chef Almay’s South-African heritage, celebrates the traditional art of coal-fired barbecuing. Choose between dining in the intimate front room or the ‘Garden Room’, where a crackling fireplace sets the mood for a cosy get-together.

Atlas Dining, South Yarra

Atlas is a one-of-a-kind experience, embarking on a culinary adventure across the globe with their unique concept of rotating cuisines every three months. This winter, get ready for a heart-warming Spanish journey, complete with fire-kissed dishes in a snug setting.

Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne CBD

Stepping into Gimlet at Cavendish House is like being transported back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. The grandeur of the building is matched by the red velvet booths, elegantly set tables, and tantalising appetisers, setting the scene for a Gatsby-esque dining experience.

Nomad, Melbourne CBD

A slightly subterranean vibe awaits at Nomad, where a warm and energetic space is set apart from the city’s hubbub. Soft lighting, polished wooden floors, and cool blue tones combined with a cosy, cave-like dining area create an atmosphere of anticipation. Expect charred, smoke-infused creations from the heart of the restaurant – the wood-fired oven.

Rossi, Prahran

Every Wednesday from July through September, Rossi on Greville Street transforms into a haven of jazz and lasagna. Pair the soulful sounds of acclaimed musicians with head chef Thibault Boggio’s lasagna creations, slow-cooked to perfection, for an evening of cosy indulgence.

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ARU, Melbourne CBD

As one of Melbourne’s most sought-after restaurants, ARU located in the city centre offers a warm and inviting interior that’s perfect for winter. Dine on delicious modern Asian cuisine, with their signature duck dish and claypot rice adding a fiery touch.

Entrecôte, Prahran

Dubbed as the “Party Palace of Prahran”, Entrecôte on Greville Street is a French dining destination that’s sure to warm you up. A roaring fireplace, complemented by exquisite French fare, creates a dining experience where you can feel like a Parisian right in Prahran.


Grossi Florentino, Melbourne CBD

With its regal elegance rooted in 1928, Grossi Florentino stands as a romantic oasis nestled in the heart of the CBD. A flawless venue for a glamorous date night or special occasion.

Ronnie’s, Melbourne CBD

Situated in the Rialto Piazza, Ronnie’s brings a slice of Italy to Melbourne’s bustling CBD. The atmosphere of this welcoming venue is as authentic as it gets, offering the essence of a traditional Italian neighbourhood.

Pipis Kiosk, Albert Park Beach

On the foreshore of Albert Park Beach, Pipis Kiosk is a bayside gem that offers the very best of Australian produce. Enjoy breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the ocean while indulging in a meal served with true hospitality and warm service.

These enchanting venues provide more than just sustenance; they offer memorable experiences in the heart of Melbourne’s thriving food scene. Venture out and let these dining spots keep you warm this winter.