Food & Drink

Melbourne Is Now Officially The Most Expensive City In Australia

By Ellen Seah
20th Apr 2016


Surprise surprise: with all our wagyu beef, colourful bun, mac and cheese-stuffed burger nonsense, Melbourne has now been named the most expensive city in Australia for a casual meal. A study by found that Melbourne topped the national burger price charts (clearly an important yardstick) at $23.50. Outrageous—how are we meant to lord it over Sydney now?

The study analysed data from over 650 restaurants around Australia, and also found that a casual meal for two (including a small pizza, burger, schooner of Carlton Draught and glass of house wine) will set Melburnians back an average of $61. Sydney was, interestingly, the second cheapest city in Australia with the bill totalling just $51.60. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US?!

Locally, the swanky waterfront city of Southbank topped the charts, setting you back as much as $71 for the same meal—with the humble ‘burbs of Werribee taking the crown for the cheapest meal at $48.

For those of us that can’t afford to spend more than one note at dinner ($100 notes are a myth), check out Clipp’s last-minute restaurant deals through their app, and help us bring this national shame to an end. 

For cheapo meal ideas, head to one of the 50 Of The Best Cheap Eats Under $15 or if you're a burger fanatic, Melbourne's Best Burgers | 2016 Edition!

Image credit: Parlour, Simon Shiff for The Urban List.

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