Melbourne Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

Melbourne Foodie Discovery Walking Tour

3 hours Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive. But many of these best places are hidden from first sight in laneways and behind doors. This 3 hour small group walking tour lets you experience the best examples of what Melbourne offers. This tour offers the best aspects of Melbourne with the insight of your local guide that you cannot get from a guide book. Drink coffee, eat dumplings, sneak in a sweet treat and finish it off with a drink in a laneway bar the locals love – all included in your ticket price. See all the treasures of Melbourne and often it is said “wow – you wouldn’t even know this was here!” Do this on your first day in Melbourne and you’ll discover a whole lot more places to return to later in your stay!
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Stop At: Melbourne Laneways, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

We discover many of Melbourne's laneways and arcades sharing the stories from the past and present through the delicious things that we sample along the way.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Bourke Street Mall, Bourke Street Jodhpur Rajasthan, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

We meet in centrally located Bourke St Mall to begin our afternoon exploring Melbourne's laneways.

Pass By: Manchester Unity Building, 220 Collins St Corner Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Learn what made this building the talk of the town when it opened in 1932, while we taste a couple of the ultimate Aussie dishes!

Pass By: Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

We stroll along the Australia's most prestigious street learning about it's place in the city's history.

Stop At: Degraves Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Melbourne's best known and most bustling laneways are perfectly located for us to take a break, do some people watching and taste a couple more Melbourne favorites.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

How did this grand covered shopping mall get it's name? Learn all about the heady days when Melbourne was the richest city in the world. Don't forget, more delicious tastings!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

The oldest - and perhaps the strangest! - shopping mall in Australia. Find out why while we munch on some delicious sweets!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Are you a sweet tooth or do you prefer a sneaky afternoon tipple? There's no need to choose as we enjoy or final two tastings in this neighbourhood rich in culinary delights.

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Coffee and/or Tea - Enjoy some of Melbourne's best coffee (tea or hot choc for those that don't drink coffee!)
  • Alcoholic Beverages - We conclude the tour at one of Melbourne's most loved local laneway bars.
  • Snacks - This tour offers 3 savoury and 3 sweet tastings in addition to the drinks. Together, they tell the story of what Melbourne loves to eat and drink.
  • Your local guide can provide all sorts of other info to help you best enjoy your stay in Melbourne.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Elizabeth St/Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Return Details

Whitehart Bar, 22 Whitehart Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 10 travelers


21 Reviews

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David May 2021

Our guide Melinda was fantastic. A fifth generation Melbournian. Mel made the afternoon interesting, kept our attention, personable and friendly. Mel’s knowledge of the city was excellent. Highly recommended.

Michelle A January 2020

We can thoroughly recommend this tour. Our guide was very friendly and informative and made the tour very interesting with her local knowledge. We went to places we would never have found on our own. It was also nice to meet the other people on the tour.

Russell F March 2018

Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful guide Monique. Enjoyed the relaxed tour and were very lucky to have Monique to ourselves. Still enjoying some of our purchases.

Kelly S February 2018

Fantastic tour, I really loved the integration of awesome eateries with really interesting historical highlights..

Joanne S February 2018

Very knowledgeable guide. Had a great time. February 2018

Loved this tour which was very informative and entertaining!

Hazel R January 2018

Having just spent almost four days in Melbourne my friend and I left wishing we had more days. Our hotel Causeway, down a little lane was right in the middle of the shopping, restaurants and transport links. Couldnt have been in a better place. The walking tour of the lanes and arcades we did with Monique was a lot of fun and very informative. Would never have known half of the delightful little shops, food and even a pub existed without this. Roll on our next visit to Melbourne.

Amber D November 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, friendly, informative guide in Ruth, eight was ideal number of fellow walkers, learnt so much, stores visited worthy also.

James D October 2017

Definitely recommend this Melinda was fantastic. It was like a friend of a friend met you in the city and walked you around all the best places for coffee and dim sum and lunch and drinks. Discovered a ton of places to go back for dinner and shopping later. Thanks!

Michelle H July 2017

Totally recommend this tour. Monique was a fountain of knowledge and generous with both her time and information. Loved learning about Melbourne history and discovering some new eat and drink places plus the odd quirky shop. We took our 20 and 14 year old sons and they too enjoyed the experience. We try and do a walking tour in every city we go to and this one is certainly up there with the best we have done.

Mark M March 2017

Monique was engaging, informative and generously shared local insights.

Shannon W February 2017

What an amazing tour, the tour guide was outstanding, and you could tell how passionate she was about her city. She took us around to small narrow alleyways that I would have never found! She also took us to some really cool shops and malls around the city. Our tour had us eating some amazing dumplings, macaroons, flat whites, and finishing up with a cocktail at a fun rooftop bar. She gave great suggestions of places to eat and have drinks, and also great areas for shopping. I can't rave enough about this tour!

Doug E January 2017

I was able to explore areas I never would have looked if not for this tour.

Jessica T January 2017

The tour was the perfect start to my trip. I got to see and learn about all of CBD while getting yummy treats along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get to know the area. It really helped me for the rest of my trip to know where I was and what options were in those places.

Siobhain P March 2018

Very enjoyable tour of parts of city I wouldn't have found on my own

Mel November 2017

Overall this trip was informative and interesting but unlike some other food tours I have been on, it didn't revolve around food as much as I expected.

rachelallan64 November 2017

Great tour if you are new to Melbourne. Our guide was awesome and as we were the only ones on the tour she could customise to our interests. Isn't just a foodie tour - she imparted lots of history as well which was really interesting.

Rosanne C May 2017

I enjoyed the tour and our guide was lovely and very knowledgeable maybe the tour could incorporate a few more food stops. Maybe a bit of Italian and Greek food too.


My family and I enjoyed our trip to Hobart. The Bruny Island tour was great!!!

Chad K May 2018

I did this tour with my parents, and while it was interesting, it really wasn't so much a food tour as it was a walking tour which was our expectation - so we left hungrier than we expected to be. We did get to see some fun, hidden parts of Melbourne, and our guide was very gracious.

mail December 2017

Quite disappointing as the only reason I booked this one was to see a rooftop bar. Never happened.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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