The Melbourne food scene is really blossoming and growing all the time. Whether you are a local or visiting on holiday, one thing is for sure, you are going to eat well! Melbourne is filled with restaurants, cafes, and all different types of eateries specialising in gourmet eats, farm to table delights, decadent desserts, and local wines. There is definitely something for every type of palate from fine dining to dives and bars. One trend that is emerging in this foodie scene is food tours. Melbourne is home to quite a many different themed foodie tours that will whet your whistle and delight your palate with everything from urban eateries to gelato to high tea, and more. The price you pay for the tours include samples at each of the stops. Most places offer special discounts for members of the tour group. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella if the weather forecast looks like rain. Tours happen rain or shine. You definitely should plan ahead if you want to take one of these tours and book in advance. Private tours for 8 or more are also available by reservation only. Our Melbourne foodie tours feature is split into two parts, each with a variety of food tours that you might find interesting, so grab a snack and read all about it! Part one (below) features the Melbourne Ice Cream and Gelato Tour, Food Night Safari Tour Fitzroy, Food Night Safari Tour Melbourne, and a Chocolate Walking Tour. Then stay tuned to our blog for part two of our featured Melbourne walking tours which include the Asian Street Food Tour, Lygon Street Walking Food Tour, a Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour, and a High Tea Walking Tour.

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Melbourne Ice Cream and Gelato Tour

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Gelato Tour

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Gelato Tour

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Gelato Tour

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Gelato Tour

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Why not start with dessert, right? Especially when it’s ice cream (or gelato) it deserves to go first, at least in my book. First of all, it’s important to note that this particular tour only takes place during the summer months; but what better way is there to beat the summer heat?  Since there are so many different ice cream, gelato, and even frozen yogurt shops in the city, this tour is always filled with tasty sweet treats. They can even accommodate gluten free and lactose free dietary restrictions. The price of your tour includes a sit-down break and all the tastings. It is a walking tour that takes you through the city and is a few hours long. The tours take place on Sundays and meet at Melbourne GPO and Bourke Street. Learn more about the Ice Cream and Gelato Walking Tour here.

Food Night Safari Tour Fitzroy

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Food Night - Safari Tour

Food Night Safari Fitzroy Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

Food Night - Safari Tour

Food Night Safari Fitzroy Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

Food Night - Safari Tour

Food Night Safari Fitzroy Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

This is a great tour that celebrates Melburnian culture and the rich foods at the local Fitzroy eateries.  This walking tour takes you along Brunswick Street’s urban eateries including famous restaurants and cafes, hidden bars, intimate dining spots, and cutting edge cafes. Experience delicious cheese plates, wine, tapas, and other samplings to learn which hot spot is your favourite to return to another time. Don’t worry, you are sure to leave full because each stop has a large variety of samples. Bring your appetites! This tour takes places twice a month every other Saturday afternoons and lasts about 3 hours. Learn more about the Food Night Safari Fitzroy tour here.

 

Food Night Safari Tour Melbourne

Food Night Safari Tour - Melbourne

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Food Night Safari Tour - Melbourne

Food Night Safari Melbourne Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

Food Night Safari Tour - Melbourne

Food Night Safari Melbourne Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

Food Night Safari Tour - Melbourne

Food Night Safari Melbourne Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

This tour is similar to the Fitzroy Food Night Safari but is centred in Melbourne near Elizabeth Street and Little Lonsdale Street. The walking tour takes you to visit 4 to 6 different eateries that showcase Melbourne’s after dark food culture. The tour takes place Saturday afternoons and is about 3 ½ to 4 hours long. Vegetarian options are available among the large variety of samples offered at each venue. You will be able to see a side of the city that you haven’t seen before including famous restaurants, hidden bars, intimate eateries, and cutting edge cafes. Meet with the locals and owners to get a real feel for those who love what they do and make it a great place to frequent where the food is always delicious and the atmosphere is always inviting and welcoming. Learn more about the Food Night Safari Melbourne Tour here.

Chocolate Walking Tour

Chocolate Walking Tour

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Chocolate Walking Tour

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Chocolate Walking Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

Chocolate Walking Tour

Chocolate Walking Tour Photo Credit: Foodi.com.au

We started our list of tours with ice cream and gelato, so why not end with chocolate? Any proper foodie experience has to have chocolate, right? The same goes for a foodie holiday and Melbourne’s chocolate scene will not disappoint. The Chocolate Walking Tour is a great way to sample chocolates and walk off the calories. The tour usually takes place on Saturdays and lasts for about 2 ½ hours. Meet your tour guide at Royal Arcade and Bourke Street. The tour takes you to eight of Melbourne’s best chocolate shops offering up delicious sample treats from some of the best chocolatiers. Plus, you will also get to learn about chocolate like the different cacao percentages, tastes, and the elements of proper chocolate tasting. Learn more about Melbourne’s Chocolate Walking Tour here.

Getting Around in Melbourne

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As you can see, hiring a car in Melbourne  is easy and convenient because there are so many choices of Budget rental locations throughout greater Melbourne and surrounds. Be sure to tell your Budget agent your travel plans so that they can set you up with the right vehicle to keep you safe and moving along throughout your holiday plans. When you are on holiday in a big city like Melbourne, having your own vehicle gives you the freedom to choose your own itinerary and go where you want. If you choose to see the surrounds of the city you can do that too. Here are some other Melbourne holiday ideas from our blog:

Things to Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do Near Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Refresh and Relax on the Mornington Peninsula

5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – Road Trip

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Escape to the Countryside South Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

Outdoor Rock Pools in Melbourne

Outdoor Pools and Baths in Melbourne

Here are some other foodie adventures to think about when travelling throughout Australia

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

A Chocoholic’s Guide to Brisbane

The Taste of Tasmania

Kangaroo Island Food Safari