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 ten top 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. The optional beverage pairing package is a nice add-on!
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. South Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour (with South Melbourne Market)
This South Melbourne Foodie Walking Tour shares the intriguing history of one of Melbourne’s oldest residential and commercial precincts. You’ll learn about its ancient Aboriginal heritage, its days as an infamous tent slum for gold prospectors and their families, right up to its contemporary incarnation as a colourful market village and one of Melbourne’s most desirable locales. You’ll visit the famous South Melbourne Market and enjoy a shared platter lunch of local specialties at one of the precinct’s top alfresco eateries, along with a local beer, cider and wine tasting.
6. 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.
7. Melbourne Multicultural Food Tour
Over the course of this delicious new walking tour, you’ll get a taste of the multicultural mix that makes Melbourne’s food scene so special. Indulge in a progressive style lunch that includes Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian and Indian cuisine — along with the quintessential ‘Aussie’ cultural dish. You’ll also learn about the history of migration to the Victorian capital. The total walking time on the tour is a leisurely 30 to 40 minutes.
8. Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour
In a city renowned for its impeccable culinary credentials, it seems counterintuitive that the humble dumpling should be one of Melbourne’s hottest trends. However, it’s true. Whether steamed, boiled or pan-fried, the city has become completely infatuated with these little dough balls filled with vegetables and meat. Dumpling houses have sprung up all over town, but knowing where to get the best dumplings takes expert knowledge — which you’ll certainly benefit from on this Melbourne dumpling walking tour with a local guide!
9. Melbourne Cafe Culture Walking Tour
Next to the city’s incredible culinary scene, nothing defines Melbourne quite like its coffee culture. This small group tour will introduce you to a selection of the Victorian capital’s best inner-city cafes. Along the way you’ll meet some of the cafe owners that have played a role in shaping Melburnians’ thirst for great coffee. A delicious lunch is included.
10. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
There’s no better way to soak up the ambience of the Victorian capital than by booking a table on the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Climb on board an authentic, fully restored 1940s tramcar and be wined and dined as you travel around the streets of Melbourne taking in the sights. You can choose from a lunch departure, an early dinner or a late dinner, each of which offer varying menu options. Whether it’s the four-course lunch, three-course early dinner or more leisurely five-course late dinner, you’ll be treated to a truly unique dining experience.
*** Please note that the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is currently not operating. We hope to see it back on the tracks soon. ***
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