Visitors to Melbourne are spoilt for choice when it comes to guided walks.
There’s a plethora of options, and choosing which walks to do can be daunting. With that in mind, here are ten top Melbourne walking tours that all offer something special. Each of them will give you the essence of what it means to live in the amazing Victorian capital.
1. Melbourne Culture and History Walking Tour
This is the ideal dip-your-toe-in-the-water walking tour for first time visitors to Melbourne. The tour runs Monday to Saturday from Federation Square. Enjoy a relaxed stroll with a well informed local guide, and learn about the city’s famous street art scene, laneway culture, and period architecture.
2. Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour
Wandering the inner city’s cosmopolitan laneways is infinitely fascinating, and this stalwart of Melbourne walking tours leads guests on a three-hour merry dance. Discover cool cafes, boutique chocolatiers, fashion incubators, street art sites and much more. There is something for everyone on this tour.
3. Melbourne Chocolate Laneways and Arcades Walking Tour
This small group guided afternoon stroll is an extension of the Melbourne laneway tours theme, with an emphasis on the city’s plethora of inner-city boutique chocolatiers. Prepare yourself for a whole host of sweet taste sensations. You’ll visit a number of chocolate salons, taste-testing their wares as you go. Your guide will share insights on the history of the city and its chocolate industry.
4. Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour
Melbourne’s cafe culture is legendary. You’ll literally find an espresso bar stuffed into every inner-city nook and cranny. This small group Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour will introduce you to some of the best inner-city options. You’ll enjoy a brew at each venue, and meet some of the proprietors to hear what it takes to stay at the top of Melbourne’s competitive coffee game. A delicious cafe lunch is included, and you’ll learn some of the city’s general history along the way.
5. Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour
If you’re a visitor shopping in Melbourne, it’s not what you know — it’s who you know! When you have the services of an expert local guide on a shopping expedition to the inner city, trust us, you are going to see a side of the CBD few visitors ever discover. If you’ve got a passion for fashion, accessories and homewares, this small group Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour through the inner-city maze of laneways and arcades is for you!
6. Melbourne Street Art Tour with a Street Artist
Melbourne is famous for its laneway street art and there’s no shortage of tours that visit the key sites. However, to get a real understanding of Melbourne’s street art scene, you need to talk to a street artist. On this fascinating tour, you’ll explore the network of inner-city back streets and laneways with a working artist. View the latest works and learn about Melbourne’s rise as one of the most important urban centres for street art worldwide. The tour concludes with a guided visit to The Blender Studios — one of the city’s foremost shared creative spaces.
7. African Flavours of Melbourne Walking Tour
The gritty inner-west Melbourne suburb of Footscray is not one that tourists generally frequent, but it is home to a large percentage of the city’s migrant African population — and an array of superb African restaurants, including Sudanese, Egyptian and Ethiopian options. This fabulous guided food tour leads guests to several of the most interesting options for a progressive-style lunch, and breaks down social barriers in the process.
8. Melbourne Art Deco Walking Tour
Melbourne’s urban landscape reflects a series of architectural eras and styles, but none are more intriguing than the Art Deco period. This small group walking tour provides the unique opportunity to explore the Victorian capital’s Art Deco heritage with an expert guide. As well as encountering a host of magnificent period buildings, you’ll learn about the history and culture of this elegant era. This tour is suitable for anyone with an interest in Melbourne’s history.
9. Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour
What’s on your Melbourne culinary bucket list? The Victorian capital is absolutely renowned for its food scene and you’ll get a taste of many of the most exciting trends on this relaxed small group Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour. Sample the signature dishes of five fabulous eateries across the CBD, and get the lowdown from a local foodie on top spots to eat during the remainder of your stay.
10. Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour
Melburnians love their dumplings, and this small group Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour will introduce you to the inner-city’s most delectable options. You’ll visit four dumpling houses (including two located in Melbourne’s historic Chinatown precinct) — all of which offer something very different. Generous tastings at each venue are part of the deal!
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