Melbourne F1 Race Weekend: Where to Dine and Drink Before and After the Australian Grand Prix

Subscribe to Forte Magazine


Melbourne F1 Race Weekend: Where to Dine and Drink Before and After the Australian Grand Prix

Words by Leah Philips

Melbourne is gearing up to host the much-anticipated Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, 24th March, and the city's vibrant culinary scene is ready to welcome racing enthusiasts from around the globe.

Whether you’re revelling in the thrill of the trackside action or immersing yourself in the festivities across the city, here’s a guide to some of the top spots to fuel up before, after, and during the races.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

Botanical Hotel

169 Domain Road, South Yarra, 3141

Located opposite the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens, Botanical Hotel calls with its diverse offerings. From breakfast to late-night dining, this establishment prides itself on quality seasonal fare and a carefully curated wine list. With a welcoming ambiance, it’s an ideal stop for a pre or post-race feast.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Botanical Hotel (@botanicalhotel)


67 Palmerston Cres, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Tucked away beneath the bustling streets, Castlerose invites patrons to a sophisticated dining experience. With its elegant décor and refined menu, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after the Grand Prix excitement.

Lona Misa

234 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Led by renowned chef Shannon Martinez, Lona Misa offers a tantalising blend of Latin-inspired cuisine. From lunch to dinner, diners can savour an array of plant-based delights, promising a culinary journey that’s sure to impress.

Studio Amaro

168 Chapel St, Windsor 3181

For those craving Italian flavours with a Melbourne twist, Studio Amaro is the place to be. With a menu designed for sharing and an extensive selection of amaros, it’s an ideal destination for pre or post-race indulgence.

Pipis Kiosk

129A Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park VIC 3206

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the sea, Pipis Kiosk offers a seafood-focused menu that celebrates local produce. With its relaxed atmosphere and stunning views, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day at the races.


282 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183

Embrace the post-race celebrations at Moonhouse, where Chinese-inspired dishes take centre stage. From shared plates to indulgent desserts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by MOONHOUSE (@moonhouse_melbourne)

Tokyo Tina

66A Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181

Indulge in a modern Japanese feast at Tokyo Tina, just a stone’s throw from the track. With its diverse menu and stylish setting, it’s an ideal spot for race-day dining.

New Quarter

Ground Level, 79 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121

Experience the flavours of neo-Vietnamese cuisine at New Quarter, conveniently located near the track. From shared plates to decadent desserts, it’s the perfect place to refuel after the race.

Officina Gastronomica Italiana

532/534 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181

Experience the warmth and charm of Italian cuisine at Officina Gastronomica Italiana. With its artisan wines and delectable menu, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day at the races.


223 High St, Windsor VIC 3181

Get your taste buds racing with Firebird‘s woodfired Vietnamese-inspired dishes. With its vibrant flavours and relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal spot to celebrate the Grand Prix weekend.

Hanoi Hannah

186 High St, Windsor VIC 3181

For a taste of Vietnamese street food, look no further than Hanoi Hannah. With its mouth-watering menu and casual vibe, it’s the perfect pit stop for a quick bite before or after the race.


349-351 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Embark on an intimate culinary journey at Akaiito, where expertly prepared Japanese dishes take centre stage. With its limited seating and chef-led experience, it’s an unforgettable dining destination for Grand Prix enthusiasts.


472 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Set in the historic Equity Chambers building, Luci offers a contemporary Australian menu with Italian accents. With its sophisticated ambiance and delectable fare, it’s the perfect spot for a post-race celebration.

As Melbourne prepares to welcome racing enthusiasts from around the world, these  hotspots promise to elevate the Grand Prix experience with their diverse offerings and vibrant atmospheres. Whether you’re indulging in pre-race feasts or celebrating victories post-race, these venues are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Find out more about the Grand Prix here