13 Best Dumpling Spots in Melbourne
If you’re looking for a versatile food that everyone likes, head to the best dumpling spots in Melbourne. At these places, you can enjoy them baked, boiled, steamed, simmered or fried, no matter the time of day. This city takes its dumplings so seriously that there’s even a three-hour dumpling walking tour through Chinatown where you can mingle with your fellow dumpling enthusiasts.
Best dumplings in Melbourne at a glance
Our list of the best dumplings in Melbourne goes like this.
- Best dumplings in Melbourne overall: Oriental Teahouse Lt Collins
- If you want a quick lunch: Din Tai Fung
- If you’re looking for a date night spot: Supernormal
- For the widest range of dumplings: ShanDong MaMa
Now we’ve rounded up our favourites, let’s check out the full list.
Table of contents
- Best dumplings in Melbourne at a glance
- How Man of Many Chose the Best Dumpling Spots in Melbourne
- Alternatives to Dumplings in Melbourne
If you’re looking for one of the best dumpling spots in Melbourne we recommend you check out HuTong’s Dumpling Bar in the CBD. We love this spot because they offer authentic home-style dishes that will make your taste buds melt, with favourites of ours including prawn, boiled pork, spinach, pan-fried, crab meat, mushroom, duck meat and just about everything else on the menu!
Address: 14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 am-3 pm & 5:30-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm
Phone: (03) 9650 8128
2. Chotto Motto
Japanese dumplings, handmade, daily. Say no more. At Chotto Motto enjoy all the best that Japan has to offer, we’re talking food, drinks, vibes and the ideal dose of Japanese culture to transport you to the stress of Tokyo without having to leave Melbourne. We recommend the pork dumplings (obviously) with crispy chilli oil, miso butter braised greens with crispy garlic capsicum and the chocolate mochi brownie for dessert. They also sell some of their signature ingredients as well as a few cute accessories.
Address: 287 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Hours: Tue-Thur 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm
Phone: 0466 054 911
3. Shanghai Street
If you’re a bonafide fan, then another great place to check out for one of the best dumpling spots in Melbourne is Shanghai Street. Since 2010 Shanghai Street has been offering a unique taste of traditional Chinese food and culture. Try their homemade favourites with pork, beef, chicken and prawn, as vegetarian and tasty Kung pao chicken.
Address: Various locations
Supernormal combines all the things you love about Asian cuisine with influences from Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong. What really stands out on the menu though is the delicious and tantalising dumplings, they’re so good owner Andrew McConnell once told The Guardian they serve 2000 per day! We recommend you try the prawn and chicken parcels with chilli and vinegar sauce, vegetable dumplings with spiced ginger vinegar and Szechuan pork favourites with sweet soy and chilli sauce
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Address: 180 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (03) 9650 8688
5. ShanDong MaMa
The mother-and-daughter-run ShanDong MaMa is serving up some killer dumplings in Melbourne CBD. Located in a tucked-away arcade, ShanDong MaMa offers an array of delicious and unique dumplings like sea urchin, the bold black dumplings made from squid ink, tasty vegetarian zucchini and perhaps the most popular and hyped-about, Spanish mackerel dumplings.
Located in: Midcity Centre
Address: 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9:30pm
Phone: (03) 9650 3818
6. Oriental Teahouse Lt Collins
Tea and dumplings, what could be better? Oriental Teahouse is the perfect spot if you’re looking for some of the best Asian food in Melbourne and a pot of steaming hot tea, all in an authentic Chinese teahouse atmosphere. The teahouse hosts an array of sweet and savoury dumplings but some of our favourites are the signature white chocolate dumplings, ginger prawn dumplings, roast duck with Peking sauce dumplings and the flame thrower pulled pork with slices of pork belly.
Address: 378 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Tue-Thur 12-3 pm & 5:30-9 pm, Fri-Sat 12-3 pm & 5:30-10 pm
Phone: (03) 9600 4230
7. Din Tai Fung
Since its opening in 2008, Din Tai Fung has earned a reputation for pumping out some of the best dumplings Melbourne has to offer. Expanding up to ten venues across Melbourne and Sydney, the delicately crafted parcels are just one of the appeals at Din Tai Fung. Try all the different variations like black truffle pork, shrimp and pork and the popular xiao long boa.
Located in: Emporium Melbourne
Address: Level 4/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Thur & Sat 11:30 am-8:30 pm, Fri 11.30am-9pm, Sun 11.30am-8pm
Phone: (03) 9654 1876
8. RuYi Modern Chinese
RuYi Modern Chinese is one of the best dumpling spots in Melbourne and is the winner of the 2017 Best Chinese in Melbourne award. You can’t go wrong if you want delicious pan-fried, boiled and steamed goodies. Some of our favourite dishes include the soup bursting pork and crab xiao long boa, pan-fried pork and chive dumpling, and steamed vegetarian with fresh spinach, mushroom and vermicelli.
Address: Ground Floor, 16 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Tue 5:30-9:30pm, Wed 5-10pm, Thur 5:30-10pm, Fri 5:30-11pm, Sat 5-11pm
Phone: (03) 9090 7778
9. Juicy Bao
While Juicy Bao specialises in steamed bao buns they also have a great variety of noodles, seafood, and dumplings on their menu. Down a few Dim Sim Steamed Pork, Wombok and Chive Dumplings before tucking into the Shanghai fried noodles and salt and pepper squid. The steamed vegetable and mushroom bao is another favourite of ours, especially when it’s accompanied by Chinese tea.
Address: Shop 2/178-190 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm & 5-9:20pm
Phone: (03) 9041 7009
10. New Shanghai
Conveniently located in Melbourne Central shopping Centre, you can now do your shopping and enjoy deliciously authentic dumplings. Offering a variety of dishes from the Shanghai region, we recommend you choose from spring-onion pancakes and grilled Shanghai-style skewers packed full of soy and Sichuan pepper flavours, just to name a few. Be warned, there are over 200 plates to choose from, so you won’t be short of options!
Located in: Melbourne Central
Address: Level 3, Cnr LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Sun-Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-10pm
Phone: (03) 9650 8887
11. IMMI Dumpling Bar
Offering a fresh, contemporary take on dumplings, Immi Dumpling bar in Mordialloc is one of the best dumpling spots in Melbourne, delivering delicious Chinese cooking with a relaxed, fusion vibe, both in the food and the interior of the trendy space. Known for its laid-back attitude and local wine list, it’s the perfect spot to meet with mates while you devour boiled dumplings, dumpling soups, pan-fired dumplings, wonton, yum cha, bao along with noodles and stir fry.
Address: 562 Main St, Mordialloc VIC 3195
Hours: Wed-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (03) 8524 8008
12. Mr Huang Jin
Mr Huang Jin specialises in making some of the most delicious Taiwanese-style dumplings in Melbourne. Located near Southern Cross Station, the popular hotspot serves up fried and steamed dumplings that melt in your mouth. Everything from seafood to pork and vegetarian options are available but for an explosion of flavour in your mouth try the steamed laksa xiao long boa.
Address: 24 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hours: Mon-Weds 11:30am-3 pm & 5-9 pm, Thurs-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5-9.30pm, Sat 5pm-9.30pm
Phone: (03) 9629 5452
13. Tao Dumplings
With outposts in South Yarra, Northcote, Camberwell, Brighton and Mentone, Tao Dumplings is slowly but surely taking over Melbourne, and for good reason. The dumplings here are delicious – home-style and with over 25 different combos available. We love the steamed vegetarian dumplings and the pan-fried chicken and prawn.
Address: Mary Titchener, 37 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9.30pm
Phone: (03) 9866 3818
How Man of Many Chose the Best Dumpling Spots in Melbourne
Compiling our list of the best dumpling restaurants in Melbourne was easy because most of the restaurants in question are also found on our list of the best Yum Cha in Melbourne. In fact, we were able to hit two birds with one stone when it came to this list, revisiting some of our personal favourites such as Oriental Teahouse on Lt Collins and ShanDong Mama.
We’ve gone out of our way to include a few fine dining options for date night, such as Supernormal, while also incorporating a few hidden gems. Our list also takes into account a variety of price points (most dumplings will cost anywhere from $10-20) although expect to pay more for the fine dining options on this list. Let’s check it out. Lastly, we have also leaned on author Aimee O’Keefe’s personal experience as a North Melbourne local who has an undying love of all things dumplings.
Alternatives to Dumplings in Melbourne
If you’re looking for other things to do in and around Melbourne, we’ve got you covered. You can also check out our list of fun things to do in Melbourne. If you’re looking for more Asian cuisine recommendations, check out our list of the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne or for something a bit different, perhaps the best steak restaurants in Melbourne. If you’re full, we can also help you with your search for the best live music venues in Melbourne.
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