Melbourne Holidays: The top 5 places to get your dumplings fix

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Melbourne Holidays: The top 5 places to get your dumplings fix

The world’s obsession with the tiny, flavoursome parcels of love that we call dumplings, is one that has taken the city of Melbourne by storm. If you are travelling to Melbourne and hoping to taste the infamous cuisine we are so proud of, it is best to have a plan in place. The team at Pan Pacific Melbourne came together and curated a list of the top 5 places to visit when it comes to tasting some of Melbourne’s best dumplings. 

1. Juicy Bao


Address: 178-190 Little Bourke St, Shop 2, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Telephone number: (03) 9041 7009
Opening hours:  Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 4:30pm to 9:30pm
  Friday - Saturday: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 4:30pm to 10:00pm
Price:     $

Located in Melbourne’s Chinatown, Juicy Bao is a quaint yet busy restaurant that is known for its dumplings. Their speciality is xiaolongbao steamed buns, as well as a selection of bao that is sure to satisfy your hunger. As you are dropping by for their dumplings, be sure to try their wombok and chive dumplings. With a menu that will clearly bring you all the delicious joy you are after, you will also experience efficient and polite service with reasonable prices. A win in our books!

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2. Shanghai Street


Address: Level 1 Terrace, 360 Bourke St Melbourne 3000
Telephone number: (03) 9078 8068
Opening hours:  Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Price:     $

Shanghai Street will not only satisfy your hunger with the standard fanfare of dumplings and baos, they also have a range of noodle dishes such as their Suzhao noodle soups from China's Jiangsu Province, that are not be missed if you are visiting this restaurant. While their infamous xiao long bao, which are pork and aspic-turned-soup dumplings and a dish that they are known across the city for, there are also dishes such as cold poached chicken in spicy peanut sauce that you should add onto your order while you’re there.

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3. ShanDong MaMa

Address: Mid City, 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone number: (03) 9650 3818
Opening hours:  Monday – Saturday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Price:     $


You will find this bustling and traditional dumpling restaurant hiding in a Chinatown alleyway. The mouth-watering seafood dumplings and dishes that will take you to the heart of Yantai in the Shandong province of China. While you will most likely be greeted by a queue of people waiting to enter on most days during peak hours, rest assure that the line moves efficiently and quickly!

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4. Hutong Dumpling Bar

Address: 14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone number: (03) 9650 8128
Opening hours:  Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Friday – Saturday:  11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm
Price:     $$


Hutong Dumpling Bar explores traditional Shanghainese food. We recommend to order the deliciously small servings that are perfect for sharing. There are some classic dishes such as xiaolongbao (steamed pork dumplings filled with broth) that you must order. We recommend making a reservation at this restaurant! We recommend making a reservation at this restaurant!.

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5. Rice Paper Scissors

Address: 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone number: (03) 9663 9890
Opening hours:  Monday – Thursday: 12:00pm – 3pm, 5:30pm –11:00pm
Friday – Sunday: 12:00pm –11:00pm
Price:     $$


If you are excited to try Asian-fusion food that takes a new, modern approach to Asian street food, then Rice Paper Scissors is the place to go. There are a range of items on the menu that will satisfy your cravings such as steamed pork buns and seafood dumplings. It would be best to click here to book a table for this restaurant before making your way there.

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To start off your enchanting journey around Melbourne’s infamous food culture, it should begin with dumplings. A choice that is sure to be satisfactory in every way! Regardless of the restaurant you choose from our list, you can finish off the night with an irresistible cocktail at one of our many quirky bars that you are sure to find close by our hotel.

Welcome to Melbourne! Curious about the best things to do while in Melbourne, or exploring the city’s suburbs? Speak to our friendly team at Pan Pacific Melbourne for advice.


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