Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

3 hours Melbourne, Australia

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Discover the best dumplings in Melbourne’s Chinatown on a walking tour with an expert guide. Sample a variety of delicious dumplings at four different restaurants while hearing about Melbourne's history and culture. Find hidden gems and learn the story of their chefs and cuisine from your guide, who shares a love of Melbourne's culinary delights with your small group.
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Stop At: Flinders Lane, Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

You may know Flinders Lane has some of Australia's best restaurants, however did you know that it has some of Melbourne's best dumplings too? We start our tour with two distinctly different stops in this neighborhood.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chinatown, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Learn about one of the oldest Chinese settlements outside of China - and (maybe predictably) we taste dumplings here too.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Expert commentary and history
  • Try different styles of handmade dumplings
  • Tea and water
  • Try Melbourne's hottest chilli sauce


  • Other drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

28-32 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Return Details

131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • We always comply with Government health regulations with regards to the wearing of masks and vaccination requirements of staff and guests. As of Nov 5, 2021 it is a Victorian Government health requirement to provide proof of full vaccination when eating and drinking indoors.


27 Reviews

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Courtney_M April 2021

Sue was so knowledgeable and friendly when showing us around the dumpling houses of Melbourne! The different places we went to were great and she was able to explain why it was she came to discover these places!

TAKUMI_Y April 2021

It was nice group and it was fun and food was also nice . I have learnt from host the history of Melbourne a lot.

Elena_P March 2020

Sue was great! Very knowledgeable and took us to great places to try such good dumplings. She even gave us a little history tour too, which was really neat.

Michael_A February 2020

Recommend doing this tour. Our guide was friendly and gave insights into the background of the dumplings we tried out. We visited 4 dumpling places and each gave us the opportunity to try out different styles and flavours of dumplings.

Theresebridget January 2020

Such a fantastic tour. As a local Melbournian, even I learnt so much about the city and some great local spots to eat delicious dumplings. Our tour guide, Sue, knew so much about each different dumpling and the significance of each dumpling to Melbourne and the Chinese region the dumpling extends from. Fantastic experience, well worth going.

Smalljanemegan November 2019

We enjoyed the tour, meeting Monique and of course eating great dumplings. As locals we learnt new things about our great city along the way. The fact that it was an amazing Spring evening also helped. It was really interesting.

ken S September 2019

Went on the dumpling walking tour with 7 other people. We were taken to 4 quality restaurants that we had never considered entering. Our tour guide explained the different provinces of China and the differing types of dumplings. Fun night with plenty of quality dumplings to eat. Learnt so much about the history of the Melbourne settlement of 1800’s along the way too. Fun night out!

Lauren T August 2019

We couldn’t recommend this tour and the lovely tour guide higher. Very lovely and relaxed tour guide who was very informative about Melbourne and dumplings. We were a very small group which made for a cosy night and guide was very accommodating about some unforeseen circumstances on our part. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mishie86 August 2019

I loved this tour, there was a great variety of dumpling to taste, the tour guide Sue was so interesting and full of knowledge. Amazing tour!!

LaceyS8685 July 2019

Monique was a great tour guide and really knows her dumplings! The amount of food was quite plentiful and it was nice to try some things I wouldn't have ordered for myself - they were all delicious! Monique was kind enough to direct me how to get back to my hotel on the tram at the end also.

dennismel May 2019

I received this tour as a gift and I'm so glad I did. There was 4 of us in the tour and Sue was the guide. I've eaten in MANYYY Melbourne restaurants and cafes so it was going to take a bit for me to be surprised but I was. Total of 4 restaurants mixed with a bit of history. Having lived in Melbourne almost my entire life, I loved this tour - especially the history part. There wasn't too much where I was getting bored but a couple of minutes in various parts was great including Block Arcade, Bourke St Mall , Chinatown - really interesting stuff. Food wise - I won't spoil where we went but all were different and all delicious. I recommend you do this tour and personally 4 + a guide is a perfect number. Well done and keep up the great work.

Stacey F January 2019

This tour was the most fun! Great tour guide (Sue), and group of people. We learnt alot about the various styles of dumplings, and sauces, the social context and history of the food, and of Melbourne in general. We're born and bred in Melbourne but still learnt something new, and were taken to lots of interesting locations. A great night!

UrbanDecay1 January 2019

A leisurely stroll and Melbourne history lesson as we made our way up from Flinders st to Chinatown (oldest such Chinatown in the world) to little Japan, sampling dumplings from a variety of styles. A small group of fellow travellers (8 or so) who were very nice, and a knowledgeable guide. A fun and different Melbourne food experience.

Matt O January 2019

Had a great time seeing the sites of my home town. The dumplings were unique in each place and very Delicious The guide was very knowledgeable with the venues as well as Melbourne history of Victoria. Small group of people which was great. Thanks for a great night out and would recommend to do this tour.

Mizzer51 November 2018

I had a fabulous afternoon with Monique strolling through the small streets of Melbourne. The food tastings were lovely. We visited lots of small stores that I just wouldn't have found on our own. I always do food tours for the local knowledge and Monique was fabulous in providing me (and the rest of the group) lots of great recommendations for dining later.

Nick N August 2018

Got this as a gift. Wasn't too sure what to expect from a dumpling walking tour, but this was really enjoyable and the dumplings were tasty! The tour guide was really informative and friendly as well!

Jaimie H April 2018

Had a great time with a small group of ten! We visited four different restaurants and each had a great value add and different type of dumpling to try! Our guide was fantastic and extremely friendly - couldn't have faulted her. This tour exceeded expectations and I would definitely reccommend to any dumpling lover!

Vanessa R April 2018

We booked this adventure through Red Balloon and we were really happy with the experience we had. We got to know new dumpling places in the city and it was nice walking around, getting to know a bit of Melbourne history, having dinner with friendly people and enjoying delicious dumplings. Our tour guide was Christie and she was amazing. 100% recommended.

AlanaV1 February 2018

The Dumpling Tour was fantastic. Not only did we get an education in dumplings we also learnt so much about Melbourne that we didn’t know. Full bellies and happy, great tour

normb370 January 2018

Fantastic tour with not only great tasting dumplings but loads of interesting insider information and facts about the venues and streets we wandered through. Highly recommended

Iain B December 2017

Thank you Monique. Some great dumplings and conversation. Also, some interesting Melbourne history thrown in. We were unlucky to have picked a really hot evening and a few of the places dont have air conditioning. But the dumplings made up for it. And I look forward to going back for more!

elaine M December 2017

What a challenge, it was 36 degrees and we had 3 hours of walking ahead of us!! Thanks Monique for a very pleasant tour, you were informative, very organised and have a great sense of humour. Your variety of choice of food was great, we will be back to sample more dumplings in Melbourne. E and R

Julie F November 2017

Great way to learn about some of the the history behind Melbourne and the different foods we have here. Dumplings were soooooo tasty and from different origins in China, good variety of flavours. Finally learned how to mix the sauces supplied on the tables! Great way to spend an evening and suggestions for a couple of places to go afterwards.

Paige E March 2017

Uh, yes, a DUMPLING tour? What more info do you need? I've done a lot of food tours and this one was among the most unique. Very well-run, would do it again and would absolutely recommend.

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