2019 is here, which means it’s time for a debrief on our favourite cafes and bars to open last year.

2018 also gave us a tonne of memorable food and booze moments. Here are the best of them.

• King Street bar State of Grace’s rooftop bar opened over the break. Grab a grapefruit-maraschino daiquiri and soak up the sun.

• Expect more than a fresh coat of paint at Prince Dining Room, the new iteration of Melbourne dining institution Circa.

• This new city spot is putting on a five-kilo-noodle-soup challenge. Who’s game?

• Tacos and the beach, together at last, as this well-loved Mexican food truck hits the coast for summer. Here’s where to find it.

More beachside Mexican, this time with Margaritas, mole and tequila flights.

• Seems like there’s a trend emerging. MoVida just opened on the water, serving slow-cooked duck-leg paella and local gummy shark.

• But, if you’re planning to stay put this summer, you’re not alone. Juanita Peaches is running a pop-up breakfast club (yes, there’s fried chicken).

This Fitzroy cafe has banned takeaway coffee, whether you BYO cup or not.

• Try one (or all) of these pint-sized new bars and diners.

• World-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Melbourne.

Andrew McConnell’s summer pop-up is back, and he’s called in a former chef of the year to kick things off.

• Reservoir is getting a new brewery-slash-120-patron bar.