It’s no secret that Melbourne is a foodies paradise.
From wandering through markets with rows of fresh produce to uncovering hidden bars, there’s so much that Melbourne has to offer.
It also has some of the most accomplished and inventive roasters and baristas in the world.
With so much to explore, where do you begin?
To get you started, we’ve done some research and found the 16 best Melbourne dining, food and drinks tours.
1. Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Looking for a memorable dining experience?
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a gourmet dinner as you cruise along the Yarra River.
You’ll also get to enjoy the illuminated Melbourne skyline as you sip on your spirit of choice.
Some of the attractions you’ll cruise by include the Royal Botanic Gardens and Federation Square.
Your sumptuous four-course dinner will also be prepared by expert Chefs.
It’s also matched with incredible Australian wines.
Some items you can select as part of your meal include beef eye fillet or chargrilled chicken breast.
This is one experience that you wouldn’t want to miss.
- Departure Point: Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
- Departure Time: 7:30pm
- Duration: 3 hours
2. A Decadent Spread at High Sea
There’s nothing better than an incredible cruise paired with a decadent buffet and picturesque views.
With this cruise, you’ll be celebrating in style as you sip on a glass of champagne, indulge in a seafood brunch and explore Melbourne’s unique waterways.
As you cruise along the Yarra River, you’ll also head through the stunning Williamstown and St Kilda.
With indoor and outdoor seating, you have multiple vantage points to take in the awesome views.
Remember to come hungry as the buffet comes with an extensive spread of food from seafood and meat carvery to hot and cold canapés.
After the main courses, you’ll love the range of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Departure Point: Cow Up a Tree Sculpture, 131 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
- Departure Time: 11:15am
- Duration: 3 hours
3. Melbourne Foodie Discovery Walking Tour
Do you consider yourself to be an avid foodie?
If so, this is one tour that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Melbourne is known to be a foodie playground, and you’ll be able to experience all of Melbourne’s hidden places during this three-hour tour.
From coffee to dumplings, sweet treats and a special drink in a laneway bar, you’ll get to see all the treasures of Melbourne.
This tour will also take you through some of Melbourne’s popular streets including the bustling laneway of Degraves and the prestigious Collins Street.
You’ll also get some handy tips and insights about the city from your local guide.
- Departure Point: Elizabeth St/Bourke St 5, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Departure Time: 1:30pm
- Duration: 3 hours
4. Queen Victoria Market Escape
Queen Victoria Market is a haven for foodies due to the plethora of food options available.
The market has been operating since 1878 and features everything from fresh produce to hot doughnuts, cheeses, fresh seafood and more.
While Queen Victoria Market specialises in food, you can also buy other knick knacks and antiques in the market.
Queen Victoria Market is mostly open during the day but there are special evening events at night.
Some events include the Summer Night Market, Winter Market and more.
Head to the market on your own or join one of the many tours to uncover the best that the market has to offer.
- Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 6am to 3pm ; Sat 6am to 4pm ; Sun 9am to 4pm
- Duration: 2 to 8 hours
5. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is located in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula – a destination that’s known for its incredible produce.
The farm is one of Victoria’s best berry producers and you’ll get to pick delicious fresh strawberries during your visit.
The strawberry picking season starts in November and runs till April.
Once you’re done with picking strawberries, you can head to the cafe and enjoy a sweet strawberry dessert.
Depending on the season, you may also get to pick other types of berries such as raspberries, blueberries, cherries and more.
Don’t forget to also visit an award-winning winery if you’re already in the Mornington Peninsula area.
- Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm
- Duration: 8 to 10 hours
6. IceBar Melbourne
For a unique experience, you’d want to head to the IceBar – the only one in Australia.
Be prepared to don their unique winter gear as you enter the wintry IceBar that’s set to -10 degree celcius.
Immerse yourself in this unique arctic experience and surround yourself with over 30 tonnes of sculpted ice.
Don’t forget to also grab a cocktail or an ice shot from Charlotte’s Bar while you’re there.
Each of these ice-cold drinks are served in your own frosty ice glass.
This is one icy experience you definitely won’t forget.
- Departure Point: The Atrium, Fed Square, Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Departure Time: 11am to 10pm
- Duration: 1 hour
7. Melbourne Cafe and Coffee Culture
There’s a reason why Melbourne is known to be the coffee capital of the world.
On this tour, you’ll explore the maze of Melbourne’s laneways and learn more about how the coffee culture has evolved.
You won’t have to worry about dealing with crowds either as this tour will take you to some of the lesser known spots.
While this tour is great for coffee lovers, there’s also tea, chocolate and sweet treats for non-coffee lovers.
After you’ve had your fill of coffee, this tour will conclude with a fantastic cafe-style lunch in another secret location.
This tour will take you through Hardware Lane, Meyers Place Bar and other unique spots.
8. Melbourne’s Little Italy: Lygon Street Food
Melbourne is an incredibly cultural city and you wouldn’t want to miss Lygon Street – the Italian Quarter of Melbourne.
While it was once the epicentre of Melbourne’s cafe culture, Lygon Street is now peppered with Italian restaurants and eateries.
As you walk down Lygon Street you’ll be amazed by the diverse restaurants, cafes and gelato bars.
You’ll most likely see a long line of people outside Pidapippo – a popular gelato place that’s worth the queue.
Even though Lygon Street is known for its Italian influence, there’s also a whole lot of mainstream stores including one of Melbourne’s best independent bookstores.
Pop by the neighbourhood as part of the City Sightseeing Melbourne Bus or go on a private tour.
- Opening Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm
- Duration: 2 to 4 hours
9. Melbourne Chinatown
Being an incredibly cultural city, Melbourne has its own Chinatown that’s filled with delicious delights.
Established in 1851, Melbourne’s Chinatown has thrived and is now the centre of Melbourne’s Chinese community.
You’ll notice the towering red arch that marks Chinatown’s entrance, the smells wafting from the various establishments and the narrow alleyways.
This is the best place to head to if you’re looking for some tantalizing cultural cuisine.
From dumplings to Sichuan cuisine and bubble tea, you’re sure to satisfy your cravings.
Besides walking through Chinatown you can go on a Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour or visit Chinatown as part of the city sightseeing Melbourne bus.
- Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
- Duration: 1 to 4 hours
10. The Foodies Bucket List
With so many amazing food options in Melbourne, it can be difficult to know where to start.
This is where the Melbourne Foodies Bucket List tour kicks in.
On this tour you’ll get to visit five different hot spots around Melbourne with the cuisine ranging from Chinese to Spanish and more.
As you walk from location to location, you’ll also learn more about Melbourne’s rich history.
Your senses are sure to be heightened during this tour as you taste and stroll your way through Melbourne’s culinary epicentre.
- Departure Point: 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
- Departure Time: 10:30am
- Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
11. Yarra Valley Wine and Winery
No trip to Melbourne is complete without visiting Yarra Valley – Melbourne’s wine country.
On this day trip, you’ll have an expert guide (who will also be your wine tutor) that’ll take you to four of the Yarra Valley’s best wineries.
At each of the wineries you’ll get a comprehensive wine tasting while also taking in the gorgeous scenery.
The trip comes with a vineyard lunch that you can pair with a glass of wine.
This tour isn’t just about tasting the wines, you’ll also get to see how wine is made, and learn more about traditional wine making techniques.
- Departure Point:
1: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, 380 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
2: Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders, 575 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
3: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
4: 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
5: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
6: 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Departure Time: 9am to 9:45am
- Duration: 8 hours
12. Mornington Peninsula; Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tastings
Mornington Peninsula has it all – breathtaking scenery, delicious cheese and amazing wine.
Head to Mornington Peninsula on this tour and sample all that this incredible region has to offer.
You’ll get to sample cheese, chocolate, wine and even strawberries on this epic day trip.
The trip also includes lunch at a cozy local cafe, and you’ll get to travel in comfort in an air conditioned mini coach.
While sampling these delights are the main highlights of the trip, you’ll also pass by Arthur’s Seat for some breathtaking views.
The Brighton Bathing Boxes is another spot where you’ll be able to take some instagrammable shots.
- Departure Point:
1: The Village Melbourne, 167 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
2: Arthurs Seat Lookout, 791 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936, Australia
- Departure Time: 7:45am
- Duration: 10 hours
13. Sports and Beer Tour of Melbourne
This tour is for the sports fans as you’ll enjoy the perfect combination of sport and beer.
Start off by visiting the venues of some of Australia’s most popular sporting events such as the Melbourne Cup and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
At each of these locations you’ll get the full tour from the stands to the coaches box.
You’ll even get to experience a bit of a thrill by driving around the F1 Grand Prix circuit at the Melbourne Sports Centre.
This tour includes lunch around the Marvel Stadium and refreshing beer at the Stomping Ground Brewery and Beer Hall.
Your guides are knowledgable and passionate about beer and sport so you can send any questions their way.
This is definitely the ultimate tour for sports fanatics, and one that you wouldn’t want to miss!
- Departure Point: Russell Street Extension, Russell St Ext, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
- Departure Time: 8:30am
- Duration: 7 hours
14. Uncover Hidden Laneway Bars
Melbourne is full of hidden laneways, and some of these laneways house the best bars in Melbourne.
They can be a bit tricky to find, so why not head on this hidden laneway bar tour to uncover them?
Your local guide will show you the spots of four hidden bars in the span of three hours.
You’ll get to mingle with the bartenders and potentially even the bar owners to learn more about Melbourne’s bar scene.
Everyone on this tour will also get access to drink specials and recommendations of other bars to visit around the city.
This tour will cover a range of bars from whisky bars to themed bars and more.
- Departure Point: 74 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
- Departure Time: 3:00pm
- Duration: 3 hours
15. Dumpling Making Party
Want a dinner experience unlike any other?
How about attending a dumpling making party?
Immerse yourself in the diverse culture of Melbourne by learning how to make dumplings from scratch.
You’ll learn everything from making the perfect dough to shaping your dumpling and learning how to make dumplings for all occasions.
This special experience includes a welcome drink.
You’ll also get to enjoy your creations along with a glass of sparkling wine.
- Departure Point: 360 Victoria Street Richmond
- Departure Time: 10am to 6:30pm
- Duration: 2 hours
16. Barbecue Cooking Class
Barbecue is big in Australia and families usually gather together during special events to have a barbie.
What better place to be introduced to barbecue than Queen Victoria Market?
You’ll head to the world-famous meat hall and be guided by an expert Chef.
Start off by being introduced to the different types of barbecue before delving into cooking your own barbecue with wood and charcoal.
Learn about the different techniques to flavour your food, and how to get delicious and mouth-watering barbecue.
Finish off the experience by sampling some delicious meats with craft beer tastings.
At the end of the tour, take home some recipes that are sure to help you with your barbecue journey.
- Departure Point: 513 Elizabeth St Melbourne 3000
- Departure Time: 11:30am
- Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
We’re just scratching the surface on the food tours that are available in Melbourne.
While this extensive list has covered a bunch of fantastic spots, there’s still plenty more to discover.
You can head on a vegan food and drink walking tour in Fitzroy or discover some of Melbourne’s best sweets on a dessert walking tour.
Whichever tour you choose to go on, you’re sure to enjoy the delicious food and amazing dining experiences that Melbourne has to offer.