Melbourne is the undisputed culinary capital of Australia.
From incredible Vietnamese, Japanese and Malaysian, to African, European and of course, modern Australian, you are absolutely spoilt for choice on variety, quality and value. However, with so many dining options on offer, choosing the best eateries (and by that, we certainly don’t mean the most expensive) can be tricky for visitors.
So, bring in the experts. Here are five top guided Melbourne food tours that will introduce you to the city’s most interesting culinary traditions. You’ll also get plenty of recommendations from your local guide for eateries to return to during your stay.
1. Taste of Melbourne Walking Tour
Looking for Melbourne food tours that provides a broad introduction to the city’s dining scene? Join this guided stroll through the inner city, learning where to pick up delicate hand-made dumplings, gourmet salamis, fine chocolates and numerous other delicious treats along the way. The tour culminates with a two-course lunch at one of Melbourne’s best restaurants. It’s the perfect start to your Melbourne food journey.
2. Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour
The amazing Queen Victoria Market is famous for fresh produce and specialty shopping, and you can experience everything this Melbourne institution has to offer on a fully guided market tour. Led by a local market guide, you’ll spend two hours discovering the very best fresh foods, learn fascinating facts about the history of the market, and uncover some surprising specialties. This is definitely one of the top Melbourne food tours for first-time visitors to the city.
3. Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour
What’s on your Melbourne culinary bucket list? Explore the city’s iconic food scene on this relaxed small group Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour. You’ll sample the signature dishes of five fabulous eateries across the CBD, and get the lowdown from a local foodie on the culinary hotspots and history of this delicious city. This is one of our tastiest Melbourne walking tours!
4. African Flavours of Melbourne Walking Tour
It’s fair to say that Footscray in Melbourne’s inner west isn’t generally regarded as a tourist hotspot, but with its large migrant population it’s actually a hot-bed of ethnic culinary styles, including Vietnamese and African. The popular African Trails food walking tour of the precinct is a must. Visit various African eateries, including Ethiopian and Sundanese options, on a progressive-style lunch. True foodies will absolutely adore this experience.
5. Melbourne Chocolate Laneways and Arcades Walking Tour
There are probably two things most locals and visitors to Melbourne have in common: a love of the city’s laneways and chocolate. You can combine them both in one delicious afternoon on a guided journey of chocolate-inspired discovery up and down the lanes of the inner city. Visit several chocolatiers and identify lots of hidden cafes, eateries and boutiques to return to during your stay in the city.
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