Melbourne’s Chinatown has been an integral part of the City of Melbourne since the goldrush days of the 1850s. It is one of Melbourne’s distinctive and iconic precincts, and importantly, the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World.
The Chinatown Precinct has more than 400 businesses and is centred around Little Bourke Street’s northern end (between Swanston to Spring Streets and Bourke to Lonsdale Streets including all the laneways). The Chinatown Precinct Association Inc. is recognized as the Precinct Representative Organization by the City Of Melbourne who assists the Association and its Members in promoting the Chinatown area.
Chinatown Melbourne is dominated by restaurants from fine dining to lane way and arcade noodle houses, and is home to a number of Asian grocery stores, Chinese medicine and herbalist centres, bookstores, fashion boutiques and other selected retailers in arcades.
Chinatown is also home to some of the best accommodation you will find in Melbourne.
True to its name and predominantly of Chinese ethnicity, you will find Melbourne’s Chinatown is truly cosmopolitan, offering a myriad of cuisines like Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean, and contemporary Euro-Australian to tempt you. You will discover some great Karaoke places and small intimate laneway bars too!
We hope Chinatown and our Members can contribute to your enjoyable and fruitful visit/s to the City of Melbourne, whether it be for business or pleasure.
Chinatown’s essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke Street with alleys that link the area to Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street.