Melbourne – Foodie Laneway Tours

Melbourne - Foodie Laneway Tours

Image: Copyright Beth Jennings Photography 2015

Walk Melbourne is one of the city’s most edible walking tour experiences. The tours designed by Monique Bayer, explore the laneways digging out the best rooftop bars and bars in general, coffee and dumpling houses and quirky to fine dining eateries.

Monique’s tours appeal to those who love to explore and uncover new venues. She combines our favourite things to do, eating, drinking, walking, storytelling and meeting local characters from all walks of life.

Monique weaves in historic information along the way at different points of interest, she explains who Madame Brussels actually was and serves up the rich fabric of Melbourne’s Italian and Chinese immigrant history that helped to flavour Melbourne’s fabulous food.

Walk Melbourne offers private progressive dinners where you can enjoy a different course at a different venue, whether its Americana diners offering dude food or the original Italian classics. For fans of the show Offspring Monique has specifically designed an Offspring Fan Walk. If something else takes your fancy why not ask Monique to design a tour to suit your palette.

Whether you join a public walking tour or organise a private one for your friends or colleagues, you will eat, walk and love every piece of Walk Melbourne. Tours allow you walk for 1 hour and eat and drink for 2.

So what’s on offer?

Dumpling Discovery Walk

There’s nothing better than a plate of dumplings after work or anytime really! There’s so much choice inspired by so many parts of China! On the Dumpling Discovery Walk visit several dumpling houses throughout the city that all do something a bit different.

On this walk you will visit 4 delicious venues all within 1.5km. The walk is designed to show you a range of different dumplings at some of Melbourne’s most authentic places. You will taste the best dumplings in town – you won’t be disappointed!

Key stops

  • North East China Family in Flinders Lane and meet owner Ping Xue
  • China Red and no we don’t queue
  • Shanghai Street often voted best dumplings in Melbourne
  • Gyoza Douraku that serves over 100 types of sake

What’s Included?

  • A sharing plate at each of the dumpling houses
  • Guided walk and talk about history of Melbourne and early Chinese settlement as well as talking through each menu!
  • Dumplings are vegetable jiao zi, sechuan pork wonton, xialongbao and gyoza. All hand made on site. No MSG. Different chilli sauce at each place!

Tour Price

  • $75

Coffee Lovers Walk

Melbourne is obsessed with coffee. This 3 hour walking tour takes you to places that really care about the origin, roast and brewing of the bean. It’s a great way for the home coffee enthusiast to explore espresso and a range of other brewing methods while drinking some great coffee along the way.

This tour is a mix up depending on taste.

Key stops

  • Krimper which has a rich building history
  • Brother Baba Budan – limited to 4 people, grab a bar stool in this quirky space
  • Patricia Coffee Brewers – trendy and bare bones, standing room only
  • Filter by Small Batch

What’s Included?

  • 4 of Melbourne’s best cups of coffee
  • Speaking with baristas about the crop-to-cup story

Tour Price

  • $75

Rooftop Bars Walk

One of the best ways to enjoy Melbourne is on a rooftop. On this walk you will climb onto Melbourne’s rooftop bar scene surveying the city’s top spots whilst enjoying your favourite drink. Many of the rooftop venues are hidden from view of the street and each one has a different vibe. Between stops, take in the laneways and the street art of Melbourne. Enjoy 4 drinks at 4 venues over 3 hours, each with its own style.

  • See the city from an aerial perspective at twilight, perfect for a balmy evening
  • Admire the street art and lively laneways of Melbourne as you stroll through town
  • Have the option to purchase food at some of the bars if you’re hungry
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 people ensures a more customised experience with your expert guide.

Many of the bars are hidden from the street; you enter via secret doors, elevators and staircases and have to know where they are located. It’s even a chance for locals to discover new places.
Your guide has curated the tour so that you get a different type of experience at each place. One stop is steeped in local history. Another is situated at the top of a ‘vertical laneway’ and attracts a hip indie set. A third features elegant decor and atmosphere. The final one boasts a stunning terrace with a sordid tale in its past. All of the venues have great views and are perfect to enjoy the evening twilight.

Expect to walk just over 2km over 3 hours, with much of the time spent at the bars. Take in some of Melbourne’s famous street art and laneways as you stroll between stops. Your guide orders a special featured drink at each bar. If you prefer mocktails, just let your guide know. Food is not included but the bars have a range of burger and tapas snacks.

Key stops

  • Young and Jackson Cider Bar, unique and quirky
  • Rooftop Cinema enjoy deckchairs, cocktails and burgers
  • Bomba Rooftop where you can meet Shane Barrett and sample the funky tapas
  • Madame Brussels with garden furniture and grassy areas

Tour Price

  • $95

The Melbourne Experience

Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive. This 3 hour walking tour lets you experience the best examples of what Melbourne offers. Drink coffee, eat dumplings, sneak in a chocolate treat and finish it off with rooftop drink.

Highlights

  • Drink a great Melbourne coffee and macaron
  • Share a plate of dumplings
  • Rooftop drink and soak in the skyline
  • Discover some of Melbourne’s most colourful laneways and arcades

What’s Included

  • Famous Melbourne coffee
  • A share plate of delicious dumplings
  • A glass of bubbles or whatever you fancy
  • A super interesting guided walk through the CBD

Tour Price

  • $95

City Wine and Dine

On City Wine and Dine you get straight to it, good wine and food. Your local foodie host will escort you into the city for a 3-hour culinary experience that will be a treat for the taste buds. With amazing venues within walking distance this is your chance to interact with the real Melbourne as friendly faces share their passion of local food and wine with you.

You’ll experience beautifully prepared local specialties, inspired by the best of local produce and Italian traditions. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with sommeliers as they pour the locally crafted wine that’s been selected the match your food.

In between each stop you’ll explore Melbourne’s laneways and arcades taking in some of the places that locals like to play. Each stop is a new opportunity to experience a sample of delicious dishes made with produce sourced from the finest local ingredients. Also, take note of the beautiful interior designs of these restaurants as the various facets of your evening blend together to leave you with a wealth of knowledge on Melbourne’s history, food and wine culture.

Key stops

  • Neopoli Wine Bar
  • Ombra – Narrow, vintage-chic restaurant with exposed beams, specialising in Italian wine and cured meats
  • Self Preservation – Hip cafe, open early, serving light, seasonal meals by day, and a wine bar serving nibbles at night
  • Spring Street Grocer for gelato
  • Pellegrinis – Established, family-run Italian coffeehouse with a changing daily menu and counter seating where you will have a chance to meet the owner Sisto

What’s Included

  • Italian style specialities using the best of local produce
  • 2 glasses of local wine, matched with your food
  • Delicious street food style dessert
  • A super delicious guided walk through the CBD

Tour Price

  • Private group $140 per head

Americana Dude Food Walking Tour

For something a bit different get a group of friends together rockerbilly style and set out on a progressive dinner to eat some good ol’ North American inspired food, while learning a bit about the city of Melbourne. Over 3 courses at 3 awesome venues you’ll eat buffalo wings, mac & cheese, burgers & fries and finish with pumpkin donuts or deep fried apple pie with Jack Daniels cream.

Key stops

  • Trunk – for entrée and enjoy mac and cheese, sticky barbeque wings and jalapeno poppers
  • The Grand Trailer Park Taverna – for burgers and fries, try the Coming to America burger named after the film
  • Niew Amsterdam – is the last stop for pumpkin donuts, deep fried apple pie and Jack Daniels cream

So get a group of dudes (and dudettes) together and have more fun than you thought possible.

Tour Price

  • Private group $140 per head

About Monique Bayer

Monique Bayer is the owner and creative direction behind Walk Melbourne. The company purpose is to share the stories of Melbourne’s food treasures and help people discover new favourites.

Monique is passionate about food, wine and coffee and has been exploring all the best places to sample these over the last 15 years. Monique worked as a barista and in some of Melbourne’s finest food establishments and is trained in cheese and chocolate appreciation. To maintain currency she reads and eats widely. Monique writes the blog walk melb: my thoughts about food and other good things.

Monique is also the author of Devouring Melbourne: Uncovering A Delicious City. The book serves as a guide that shares the stories of Melbourne’s ‘food treasures’ to help locals and visitors discover new favourites.

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