African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour

A significant proportion of Melbourne’s East African community is based in the inner-west suburb of Footscray. This walking tour is a unique opportunity to cross the cultural divide and try a range of culinary specialities at three African eateries.

5 stars

Viiissh (via TripAdvisor)

‘I did this African Food Tour recently and absolutely loved it. It was fun and casual, and you can ask any questions you like. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I now know so much about African culture! Next thing to do would be to travel to Africa! I can’t wait to explore a part of the world that is so highly misrepresented.’

  • Duration:

    3 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Selected Saturdays

  • Departs at:

    11.30am

  • Departs from:

    Footscray

Featured guest review

‘I did this African Food Tour recently and absolutely loved it. It was fun and casual, and you can ask any questions you like. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I now know so much about African culture! Next thing to do would be to travel to Africa! I can’t wait to explore a part of the world that is so highly misrepresented.’ - Viiissh (via TripAdvisor)

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$125.00
  • Explore Melbourne’s diverse East African culture
  • Enjoy a progressive lunch of traditional Sudanese and Ethiopian cuisines
  • Learn the secrets of cooking with African spices
  • Maximum group size: 10.
  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Services of a local guide with expert commentary
  • Generous tastings of authentic African dishes at three different eateries
  • Guided visit to an African spice and grocery store.

  • Mark C – Via TripAdvisor

    Rather disappointing. We only went to one grocer and didn't get much info from the guide. Then we went straight to the first restaurant at 11.45am (Sudanese). From there we went to the second restaurant (Ethiopian) via a couple of shops that had nothing to do with food. One sold bling and the other sold hair extensions! Whilst the food at the Ethiopian restaurant was good, there was no explanation of what we were eating, and the guide didn't seem to know much about the ingredients or how the dishes were cooked. For the price we paid, it would have been better to just go to a restaurant ourselves.

  • Amy W – Via TripAdvisor

    What a great way to learn about African culture within my own local community and area. Himanshi our guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. We ate traditional Sudanese breakfast dishes and an Ethiopian lunch. There was so much food for everyone, and we all walked away full. We visited some African local stores, including a spice market. I had a great time and learnt a lot.

  • Skye

    I learned a lot with this tour and tried foods that were off my radar, and definitely outside my comfort zone. The beauty was these foods weren't strange and I have found a few dishes I would gladly order if I'm back in the area (Footscray). The guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgable (being from Ethiopia herself), and was happy to answer any questions the group threw at her. The group was small enough to accomodate without being too crowded and enabled people to have conversations. Lots of food though - so make sure you eat light (or not at all) before the tour so you can try everything!

  • Viiissh – Via TripAdvisor

    I did this African Food Tour recently and absolutely loved it. It was fun and casual, and you can ask any questions you like. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I now know so much about African culture! Next thing to do would be to travel to Africa! I can't wait to explore a part of the world that is so highly misrepresented!

  • Tour Highlights
    • Explore Melbourne’s diverse East African culture
    • Enjoy a progressive lunch of traditional Sudanese and Ethiopian cuisines
    • Learn the secrets of cooking with African spices
    • Maximum group size: 10.
  • What's Included
    • Guided small group walking tour
    • Services of a local guide with expert commentary
    • Generous tastings of authentic African dishes at three different eateries
    • Guided visit to an African spice and grocery store.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Mark C – Via TripAdvisor

      Rather disappointing. We only went to one grocer and didn't get much info from the guide. Then we went straight to the first restaurant at 11.45am (Sudanese). From there we went to the second restaurant (Ethiopian) via a couple of shops that had nothing to do with food. One sold bling and the other sold hair extensions! Whilst the food at the Ethiopian restaurant was good, there was no explanation of what we were eating, and the guide didn't seem to know much about the ingredients or how the dishes were cooked. For the price we paid, it would have been better to just go to a restaurant ourselves.

    • Amy W – Via TripAdvisor

      What a great way to learn about African culture within my own local community and area. Himanshi our guide was very knowledgeable and experienced. We ate traditional Sudanese breakfast dishes and an Ethiopian lunch. There was so much food for everyone, and we all walked away full. We visited some African local stores, including a spice market. I had a great time and learnt a lot.

    • Skye

      I learned a lot with this tour and tried foods that were off my radar, and definitely outside my comfort zone. The beauty was these foods weren't strange and I have found a few dishes I would gladly order if I'm back in the area (Footscray). The guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgable (being from Ethiopia herself), and was happy to answer any questions the group threw at her. The group was small enough to accomodate without being too crowded and enabled people to have conversations. Lots of food though - so make sure you eat light (or not at all) before the tour so you can try everything!

    • Viiissh – Via TripAdvisor

      I did this African Food Tour recently and absolutely loved it. It was fun and casual, and you can ask any questions you like. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and I now know so much about African culture! Next thing to do would be to travel to Africa! I can't wait to explore a part of the world that is so highly misrepresented!

What You Can Expect

The meeting point for this African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour is Footscray train station in the city’s inner west. From the moment you set foot in Footscray you’re in one of the most ethnically diverse suburbs of the Victorian capital.

Your guide will lead you through the busy streets past many eclectic African restaurants and food stores, providing information on the culture and cuisine as you go. It never takes long to bond with fellow foodies and by the time you make your first stop you’ll be old friends!

The first stop on this African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour is a bustling African and Sudanese bistro-style restaurant, where you’ll enjoy tastings of Ethiopian, Egyptian and Sudanese dishes. You’ll have the chance to try everything from spiced falafels to fava bean porridge and cinnamon tea.

The next stop is an Ethiopian bakery and spice shop. Sample the authentic bread and enjoy the aroma of exotic Berbere spices before you move on at a relaxed pace to the neighbouring suburb of Seddon. At your final eatery you’ll be able to choose from such African delicacies as deep fried cauliflower, garlic bread flavoured with distinctive spices, spinach and ricotta gnocchi and ‘tibes’ – morsels of lamb in a rich tomato sauce.

You’ll finish off this African Flavours of Melbourne Food Walking Tour with a traditional coffee ceremony and fresh popcorn.

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Important notes

  • This tour has one central meeting point. Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation with meeting point details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone.
  • If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking.
  • This tour operates in most weather conditions. Please wear suitable footwear.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? A group discount of $25 per person will apply to bookings of 6 to 10 adults. Your discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.
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