Aside from its prominent arts and culture scene, Melbourne’s foodie destinations are incredibly diverse, which is part of what makes it Australia’s cultural capital. If you happen to be in the best city for foodies, check out these must-try food tours, restaurants, and cafés.
Foodies in Melbourne could always use a boozy night out, and the city is highly conducive to that with its many bars and pubs. Check out these tours, which are perfect if you want to try the best cocktails and wines in town:
1. Melbourne Bars Tour
On the Melbourne Bars Tour, you can discover the city’s hidden gems. Traverse the city’s dazzling laneways embellished with vibrant street art and go from off-the-wall shipping container bars to speakeasies and distilleries. All the while you’ll be sampling specialty drinks from each venue—yum!
2. Melbourne Boozy History and Bars Tour
Discover the history of how Melbourne became a boozy destination on the Melbourne Boozy History and Bars Tour. Learn fun facts about the first wine parties and find out who the booziest Police Commissioner was while you go from bar to bar, sipping on cocktails, beers, and wines.
3. Melbourne Craft Beer Lovers Tour
This boozy tour is dedicated to craft beer, perfect for all the beer buffs! Sip on the best craft beer creations while munching on some Aussie snacks from three different locations on the Melbourne Craft Beer Lovers Tour.
Melbourne Foodie Essentials
There is a myriad of food tours in the city that every foodie in Melbourne should try at least once to acquaint you with the diverse cuisines and menus. Check out these tours that will show you all the good places to eat in Melbourne!
4. Melbourne Foodie Culture Tour
Thanks to Melbourne’s diverse community, the city is a melting pot of cuisines. Explore the city’s cultural eateries and shops as you follow the immigration trail on the Melbourne Foodie Culture Tour, which is perfect for foodies in Melbourne with an affinity for global flavors.
5. Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour
Queen Victoria Market is a beloved shopping destination that offers fresh produce, ingredients, and specialty goods. Shop at the many stalls and sample tasty treats yourself on the Queen Victoria Market Ultimate Foodie Tour. Don’t forget to try one of the city’s iconic snacks: the hot jam doughnut!
6. Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Chocolate & Dessert Walking Tour
Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Chocolate & Dessert Walking Tour are dedicated to foodies in Melbourne with sweet teeth. Visit the finest chocolatiers and patissiers in the city’s lanes and arcades and try their best creations.
7. Melbourne Dumpling Discovery Walking Tour
Sample the crème de la crème of handmade dumplings, one of the must-eat foods in Melbourne on the Dumpling Discovery Walking Tour. Aside from tasting the delectable treats, you’ll also see how the dumplings are expertly made and learn more about the city’s history regarding the particular dish.
8. Melbourne Bites and Sights Tour with Eureka Skydeck Entry
Melbourne Bites and Sights Tour will take you to all the best spots in the city, kicking off at its highest point: the Eureka Skydeck. After seeing the sights from above you’ll stop by a local café to try the famous flat white and find out why the town is crazy about it, and sample some yummy bites.
9. Yarra River Dinner Cruise in Melbourne
Melbourne foodies: do you want to hit two birds with one stone and go on a scenic and gastronomic experience in the city? Then embark on the three-hour Yarra River Dinner Cruise, where you’ll enjoy a delectable four-course menu with beverages as you sail across the dazzling river.
10. Melbourne Food Crawl (Small Group)
The Melbourne Food Crawl takes you to all the essentials: restaurants, bars, and cafés with the best food in Melbourne! Enjoy Chinese dumplings, cups of coffee, sweet treats, and more, then cap it all off with a drink at a beloved laneway bar.
For Coffee Lovers
11. Melbourne Coffee Lovers Walking Tour
Relish in the various caffeinated treats in town from the finest coffee spots! The Melbourne Coffee Lovers Walking Tour will take you to four top cafes where you can sample four different styles of coffee crafted by expert baristas.
Must-visit cafe and restaurants
There are numerous must-visit restaurants and cafe in Melbourne that should definitely be on every foodie’s bucket list! Here’s where you can start restaurant hopping in the city:
1. Everyday Coffee
One of the must-visit cafés in the Victorian city is Everyday Coffee, where they constantly rotate coffee suppliers so you’ll taste a different cup every week. You can also enjoy the cruffin, a cross between a croissant and a muffin, which goes perfectly with your coffee order.
Collingwood Roastery (open daily): 36- 38 Sackville Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Midtown (open Monday-Friday: 213 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
Care for some Vietnamese cuisine? Then Anchovy in Richmond is the place to be for next-level Banh Mi, Pho, and many more Viet favorites. Here, you can also enjoy Australian fusion combined with Southeast Asian tradition.
Address: 338 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Opening hours: 18:00-22:30 on Thursdays, 18:00-21:00 on Fridays, 18:00-22:30 on Saturdays, 12:00-14:00 on Sundays, closed Monday-Wednesday
3. The Carlton Wine Room
Another must-eat place in Melbourne specializes in wines, as well as food crafted specifically to complement your drink of choice. The Carlton Wine Room is first and foremost a wine room but also a bar and bistro that’s ideal for a night out with friends. With over a hundred wines to choose from, there’s something for everyone!
Address: 172-174 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Opening hours: 16:00-23:00 on Tuesdays-Thursdays, 12:00-23:00 on Fridays-Mondays
4. Grill Americano
Marvel at the creations of restaurateur Chris Lucas at Grill Americano, a Melbourne resto that combines Italian hospitality with fine Aussie produce. The resto specializes in grilled meat, such as bistecca alla Fiorentina (a 1.2 kilo T-bone expertly grilled and enhanced by a drizzle of olive oil and rosemary). However, you can also try the fined selection of wines, cocktails, pasta, seafood, and more.
Address: 112 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Opening hours: 12:00-22:00 on Mondays-Saturdays, closed on Sundays