Taste of Afghanistan Syria and Persia in Merrylands - Adults (age 19-59)

Taste of Afghanistan Syria and Persia in Merrylands

3 hours 30 minutes Merrylands, Australia

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Merrylands is home to many new Australias, many of whom have fled their homeland. This tour will introduce you to the culinary treasures they wish to share

You will discover the flavours of Syria and Afghanistan, and Persia's exquisite use of dried limes and saffron. Enjoy the best rice and bread to be had anywhere in the world.

Along the way you will meet generous business owners and hear stories of hopes and dreams of people making long journeys to a new life in Australia.
This is far from your typical food tour! If you like exploring new cultures and communities and building relationships through food, then this is the experience for you.
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Pass By: Granville Park Montrose Avenue, Merrylands, Montrose Avenue, Merrylands, Holroyd, New South Wales Australia

In the Merrylands Tour you will explore the tastes and cultures of Afghanistan and Persia. Enjoy dishes lovingly prepared, and shared with you by the newest Australians. Traditional recipes have come on long journeys from homes in Afghanistan and Persia (Iran), brought to keep homelands alive in hearts and bellies.


  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Local guide
  • Food tasting


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

106 Railway Terrace, Merrylands NSW 2160, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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 12 travelers


44 Reviews

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Z4367WRjanetm November 2021

Five of us (mothers, sons and auntie) joined a Taste Tour group, with the delightful Ezzy as our guide. It was a great way to try different taste sensations and hang out together. Saffron ice cream in carrot juice - a kind of Afghani affogato - was fabulous.

Ivy Y October 2021

I attended this tour on the 24th Oct 21 Sunday between 11:00-14:00, it was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgable, genuine, friendly, professional and very helpful etc. The 3hr tour was full of highlights, and the pace and content was just perfectly balanced and appropriate. There were so many food items I was unfamiliar with but was amazed after being introduced, considering I’m a foodie and have eaten everywhere and all over the world, this tour was certainly an eye-opening experience for me. All our tour members had so much fun together as the guide engaged us well. This was my 2nd time joining this tour and would not mind at all going again in the soon future. Highly highly recommended.

taekyoungk2021 October 2021

It was great to try out all the different Syria, Afghanistan foods. Our tour guide Alaa has lots of story to told us today and how she became a Taste food tour. Highly recommend this tour and definitely try again!

Gwen H June 2021

Great chance to explore part of Sydney offering specialties from Syria, Afghanistan and Persia. Tastings were generous and a wide variety of savoury and sweet - good to be introduced to some new diushes and try different versions of old favourites. Also great to discover grocery stores to buy ingredients for cooking at home. Alla was an excllent guide

stevebX288KK June 2021

What a treat! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was generally scrumptious. Cultural chat was an added bonus.

jenny492016 June 2021

Great day out. Delicious food, well managed and the guide Alah was delightful. My favourite was the initial Syrian breakfast dishes. This restaurant was also a special experience from the fountain to the central light. So interesting Make sure to pace yourself -- it is ALL amazingly yummy.

Dreamer480319 June 2021

Alla is a wonderful guide - very enthusiastic and friendly. The places we visited were interesting and the food was tasty.

YasmineP827 June 2021

Absolutely fabulous tour with such an enthusiastic and fabulous guide Alla was attentive and interesting and made it a truly fabulous afternoon . Please support this initiative you will not be disappointed !

akjordan2680 May 2021

As a group of 4 we thoroughly enjoyed the Taste of Afghanistan, Syria, and Persia in Marylands. As a native Victorian I know little about the cultural and ethnic enclaves that make up the suburbs of Sydney and so it was great to be able to get out into an area that I probably would not ordinarily go to and explore its food, connect with the people and meet with other like-minded people who were with us on the tour. We were met by the lovely Alaa who was our guide for the day. She explained the core values of the Taste organisation and the philosophy of connecting people and culture through food and friendship and by doing so enabling the not-for-profit organisation to assist migrants and refuges to improve their English, find work and begin their new life in Australia. She also said one of the goals was to debunk some of the myths about the area being dangerous and she succeeded in this regard. The tour began with breakfast which was huge (Hint … don’t eat breakfast before this tour. In fact don’t eat the day before) before moving on to the main shopping strip of Marylands. From here we wandered the street stopping into restaurants and street vendors to sample their food which, without exception, was delicious. We went to 2 supermarkets where you can stock up on spices and middle eastern treats to take home. All the vendors were welcoming and generous. Alaa was a lovely host and she did a great job of keeping us engaged and interested. If I have one small negative it would be that I would have liked to know more about the migrant experience that was unique to that area – I am always interested in stories about people and their journey in life. By the end of the tour we were all stuffed full of beautiful food and our souvenir gift bags stuffed with goodies. I can thoroughly recommend the this tour and encourage you to participate.

Gezzabelle26 May 2021

We love the cultural diversity of our western suburbs and this tour has shown us some new places to put on our radar. Delicious Syrian, Persian and Afghani food to eat as well as a fantastic Afghan bakery and small supermarkets to poke around in. Alaa, our guide was great and shared her knowledge. There is no way you will go home hungry! A very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday and we'll definitely be back.

CherylC635 May 2021

We loved visiting an unfamiliar part of Sydney and meeting our lovely guide as well as other curious foodies. The food was delicious and we so enjoyed the cultural experience of being in such an ethnically diverse area. Just be sure to come with a good appetite and pace yourself, as there's a lot of food. Also bring some shopping bags, as you'll visit some fascinating stores with foodstuffs you probably won't find where you normally shop. We can't wait to share our finds with friends and family members.

jenny H March 2021

What an absolute delight exploring Merrylands and sampling delicious Persian, Afghani and Syrian food. Alla and Ezzy gave us a wonderful insight into the cultural significance of each dish and guided us through the various supermarkets. Our two families included six children in their twenties. We all loved our time on the tour. We are planning another Taste Food Tour soon.

vanessaaT2922XL March 2021

WHAT a delightful way to spend a rainy Sunday! From the very beginning when we were greeted by Alaa , our most hospitable and knowledgeable guide, my sister, my daughter and I experienced such a wonderful culinary experience. It was so good to be exposed to different restaurants and food and not the usual franchises and get to taste authentically made food. Delicious! Too many favourites!

R1296TRlindaa March 2021

Our group of 6 visited Merrylands from the Central Coast and each of us enjoyed the tour immensely. Our guide was Alaa - a lovely young lady who shared so many interesting stories about the restuarants and shops we visited, family traditions, and glimpses into her own personal life. We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from every venue we entered. The first restuarant, Al Shami, was a standout for me, beautiful decor and a stunning brass light fitting over a fountain in the middle of the room. Our breakfast here was enough to convince us we should visit again. The tour continued with spice shops, delicious dumplings, breads, kebabs, street food and a cake shop..... You will not leave this tour hungry!!! Alaa shared lots of stories about the venues we visited, but best of all, she shares them with pride. What a gem!

nisthename March 2021

Thank you for a great experience and for sharing your knowledge about the local communities and culture. It was my second time with Taste tours and it never disappoint me.

Uncle M March 2021

Each place we visited was an experience from the 1st to the last. Our guide was great with organising and providing local knowledge. I recommend you go with a friend and don't eat for days before because there was plenty food to taste.

aidan_lob1 February 2021

Lesley and Alaa were such great hosts! Had the best time trying authentic Syrian and Afghani food and hearing the heritage and stories behind it all made the experience so memorable! A great civid-safe tour for families and work team's alike :)

avriltrips February 2021

The Taste Cultural Food Tour of Merrylands was out of this world amazing! Every restaurant/outlet we went to welcomed us and served us such beautiful food. What made the experience even better was that our guide Alaa gave us deep insight into each restaurant's history and how the owner started the business and their success stories. The falafel from the first stop was my highlight! I've never had a more delicious falafel dish in my life. I also loved the dumplings and the sweets at the end. The major highlight of the evening was our guide Alaa! She shared with us her amazing and inspirational story and this took our breath away!! Cannot wait to go back and do another tour!

Kim I February 2021

We had a lovely night with Alaa exploring the food scene in Merrylands. Hearing her story and sharing delicious food. The variety and quality of the food was wonderful.

Michelle G January 2021

Who would have thought Merrylands would have had an array of fabulous eating options. Having a traditional Syrian breakfast dish a dinner was the highlight of the tour for myself. The kebabs, ice cream, dumplings, falafel (my husband reckons they were better than the ones he ate in the middle east), cookies and street afghan street found were all amazing as well. The servings were plentiful and some of us on the tour were struggling by the end to eat everything. Alaa our guide was right at home telling us all about her culture and foods. The big surprise was the shopping bag to put our purchases from the supermarkets in that we also visited. A great way to spend a Friday night.

V7938MUlaurenm December 2020

We had a fantastic time on our food tour this weekend, and discovered many delicious foods we had not tried before. Our tour guide Alaa was the perfect host and had a great wealth of knowledge about all the cuisines. Our favorites were the crispy, yet moist falafel at our first stop, enjoyed with bread, chilies & pickles...honestly the best we have ever had, thanks Chef Ali! We also enjoyed the chicken kebab, Afghani mince meat dumplings and the Persian sweet shop at the end (you can’t go past the Almond cookies!). We are already planning our third tour with Taste. We wouldn’t go anywhere else for an authentic food/cultural experience. Thank you!

pewalters2017 December 2020

This was a lovely tour going to about a dozen food places in Merrylands. Our guide was Alaa and she was a great guide full of info and stories for us. Food was marvellous and very varied. Heartily recommended!

judyhorton949 November 2020

Great start with Ali's wonderful food and then across the railway to the other delights of Middle Eastern food and culture in Merrylands. My second Taste Tour - just wonderful.

Lyndon Y November 2020

Alaa was very enthusiastic and passionate. The tour was highly engaging. It has opened my eyes to the beauty of Middle Eastern cuisine.
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