From what makes it famous to why the locals love it, we show you the best of Melbourne!
- Get to know Melbourne’s culinary culture with a visit to the markets.
- Catch a tram or train out to one of Melbourne’s eclectic multicultural markets.
- Graze the market, graze the world as you sample over a dozen international (and some Aussie) foods.
- Learn about the gastronomic culture, history, and traditions of the region from your local foodie host.
- Learn about the history of markets in Australia and how their multicultural food reflects Australia’s diverse society.
- Public Tour Guest Ages 6+
- Private Tour Guest Ages 6+
- Young Children Ages 0-5
Melbourne Market Tour Highlights
The markets of Melbourne’s neighbourhoods are buzzing, colourful reflections of the city’s soul. Half of Aussies are first- or second-generation immigrants, and this diverse cultural tapestry is on full display in its markets. Go behind the scenes, taste the food, meet the vendors, and discover the local culture on this multicultural tour.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, 12+ food tastings, beer or soft drink at a local pub
Exclusions: Tram or train fare (a local transport pass is required for this tour — please purchase a Myki transportation card before your tour begins), additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: Three hours
- Meeting point: Queen Victoria Market, main entrance on the corner of Elizabeth St and Victoria St, under the cow and sheep picture
- Starting time: 9.30 am
- Ending point: At a public transport stop to take you back to the city with your Myki pass (approximately a 20-minute ride)
Ask any Melburnian to point you in the direction of something cool and, more likely than not, they direct you out into the neighbourhoods. On this tour, we celebrate the local foodie culture in Melbourne’s multicultural markets on a three-hour walking and public transport tour. With your local host and intimate group, discover the best of Melbourne’s bustling markets.
Learn about local gastronomic culture as well as the history and culinary traditions that are unique to the city. Hear about how immigration has been a driving force in giving Melbourne such a unique vibe.
We ride to the market on the local tram or train in the afternoon hours, when the crowds at the market are thinner. This allows you to interact with the vendors as you gain rare insight into the history of the city and how the character of Melbourne has developed. Melbourne’s oldest markets are packed with stories, and we include plenty of samples, tastings, and time for you to explore so you can get the true experience.
We also explore the surroundings of the market and pop in on some of our favourite street eats. Depending on the day and guide, you may find yourself in Footscray at the Vietnamese market, Coburg at the Middle Eastern market, or South Melbourne for the predominantly Mediterranean market. Each has its own character, amazing food, and eclectic style and buzz. We finish with a drink at a local pub or bar.
Continue shopping on your own, or head back to your hotel for a rest before your evening in Melbourne. If you’re thirsty, join us for our Craft Beer Lover’s tour in other cool Melbourne neighbourhoods!
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather conditions on the day. Keep in mind that Melbourne’s weather can be unpredictable. This tour runs rain, hail, or shine.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you are with a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the starting point! If you have any concerns or require more information, get in touch via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
This tour can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free requests. Please notify us in advance of any dietary needs. You can do so in the additional requests box at checkout or by emailing us at [email protected].
Ms. Jane H. from Australia travelled on 13 Nov 2019:
Excellent tour and Tristan was is a friendly, accommodating and professional guide. He imparted lots of interesting knowledge, lots of things I didn’t know, which was great for someone who has visited Melbourne many times before. I have placed a review on your TripAdvisor site also. Thanks so much for a great experience.
Mr. Michelle W. from USA travelled on 14 Dec 2017:
We had a great time touring the South Melbourne market. Daniel was a great guide and made it so personal. We loved the good and the interaction!! Thank you so much for making our day great!