This small group tour reveals the exciting street art, cafe and retail scenes hidden in Melbourne's network of inner-city lanes and arcades. Visit local design incubators, heritage arcades and hidden art-scapes. You'll also enjoy a restaurant lunch with your fellow guests.

AUD $128pp

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch
Runs: Monday to Saturday
Departs at: 10am
Departs from: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Featured guest review:

‘What a wonderful experience! Having done a walking tour of Lygon Street and now this, I have developed a greater understanding of why Melbourne is so far ahead with its coffee, chocolate and food. This is a great tour and one I highly recommend for everyone. Our guide Luisa had a wealth of information to share and showed us highlights I had never noticed before. To cap it off, we enjoyed lunch at a Peruvian restaurant, with a drink of our choice. Thank you so much.’ Cassidyp

Tour highlights

  • Visit the city’s most iconic laneways
  • Enjoy morning tea at a well-known local chocolate salon
  • Explore the architecture and history of beautiful heritage arcades
  • Visit quirky designer boutiques and cool city retailers
  • Enjoy an unaccompanied restaurant lunch at the end of the tour
  • Maximum group size: 10.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Friendly and knowledgeable local guide
  • Engaging commentary
  • Chocolate tastings at a local artisanal chocolatier
  • Coffee in an iconic laneway café
  • Visits to secret galleries, hidden shops and historic arcades.
  • A delicious restaurant lunch.

Pricing

Adults/children: AUD $128pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. There is no charge for children under the age of three. Families with more than one young child are asked to book a private tour.

What you can expect

You’ll meet up with your tour guide and fellow guests for this Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch at the convenient Federation Square location. There’ll be no problem recognising your guide – they’ll be the one with the bright yellow umbrella! If there’s a chance of rain you’ll be supplied with a brolly and, after introductions are made, you’ll be on your way.

The commentary begins with the controversial history of Federation Square’s design. From Flinders St Station you’ll head underground to explore the art, design, cool coffee nooks and quirky boutiques of an arcade that even some locals don’t know about! [More]

The tour then takes you on a leisurely stroll through the famous graffitied laneways and arcades around Flinders and Degraves Streets. This buzzing corner of the city is packed with cafes and restaurants and pulsates with the sights and sounds of inner city life. You’ll learn more about the area’s architecture as well as some interesting urban myths!

In the famous Royal Arcade you’ll stop for an indulgent chocolate-themed morning tea. Then it’s off to explore more of the surrounding historical arcades and laneways, accompanied by interesting commentary from your local guide.

Once your Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch has reached its final destination your guide will leave you to enjoy a relaxed restaurant meal with fellow guests.

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Guest reviews

  • Suzie (17/11/2018)

    Fantastic day! Our guide Paul was very informative. We learnt a lot about Melbourne today. It was for my mum for her 70th birthday and she had a ripper day. Lunch at Pastuso was absolutely delicious. Thanks for a great tour!

  • Cassidyp (7/6/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    What a wonderful experience. Having done a walking tour of Lygon Street and now this, I have developed a greater understanding of why Melbourne is so far ahead with its coffee, chocolate and food. This is a great tour and one I highly recommend for everyone. Our guide Luisa had a wealth of information to share and showed us highlights I had never noticed before. To cap it off, we enjoyed lunch at a Peruvian restaurant, with a drink of our choice. Thank you so much. Even my elderly mother managed the walk and Louisa made sure she was well catered for.

  • Gretchen (28/5/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    I was somewhat skeptical of this tour as I didn't really see anything all that exciting when driving into Melbourne. As a first time visitor, it seemed like any other large city. I was greatly surprised to find out about all the hidden alleys, street art walls, amazing cafes and restaurants. The tour gave me a great start to exploring Melbourne and I think it is my favorite city in Australia now. Thanks to Zoe for guiding us and showing us the sights, and organising lunch at the most AMAZING Peruvian restaurant! It was truly delicious. I never would have found it (at the end of an alley!) without her.

  • cdl1950 (7/4/2018) - Via TripAdvisor

    The 8 of us went below the streets, down lanes, through arcades, along the busy popular streets while being regaled with history and folklore. We walked for over 2 hours. A nice break for a delicious coffee half way and a Peruvian lunch at the end with our 'new friends' made it a wonderful experience. Our guide Luisa was engaging, well educated, and a great source of info for what to do during our stay in Melbourne. Definitely recommend this tour!

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

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Lunch is included but not accompanied by your guide. To book this tour without lunch included, please click here.

This tour operates in all weather conditions. You will be provided with an umbrella in the event of rain.