Time: Fortnightly, Saturday 10am
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Meeting Point: Corner of Elgin St and Lygon St
Melbourne is the cultural hub of Australia. It boasts a rich, vibrant food culture with some of the best cafes and restaurants. This bread, cheese, and eats tour will take you around to some of these notable establishments so you can treat your tastebuds to some of Melbourne’s finest delicacies.
On this tour, you’ll be taken around to six of Melbourne’s best delicatessens, cafes, and restaurants in the Lygon St precinct. You’ll have the opportunity to sample the best of each establishment, including cheeses, cured meats, dips, and breads, while learning about how each of these are produced and prepared. And if you find something you really like, why not bring some home to share with friends and family?
You’ll be able to see Melbourne from an intimate, local perspective as the proprietors from the various establishments share their stories and passion with you.
You will visit six venues around the city, with a sit-down break in between. There will be some walking involved on the day, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if the weather calls for it.
The tour price covers all food samples, and a drink during the sit-down break. This tour is not vegetarian, vegan or dairy free.
If you’re looking for a few hours of fun on the weekend, meeting new people, and discovering new things about your city, Foodi tours will show you where to start.
To book this tour privately for a group of 8 or more people click here.
Refund Policy: Full refunds given with 5 days notice. Dates can be changed with 3 days notice.
Please be advised that although we make every effort to ensure that we accurately represent Foodi's service and products, venues are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to make changes to all samples on tours.
It was good and a good way to learn about some places that may not visit otherwise. I thought there may be have been more salami/cheese to taste. 4/5 by Janine Messina 14-6-2016
Very interesting and nice samples. 4/5 by Marie Newcombe 28-5-2016
enjoyable and interesting 4/5 by Lisa Albarouki 10-4-2016
enjoyable and interesting 4/5 by Lisa Albarouki 10-4-2016
4/5 by Ilana 20-3-2016
Very enjoyable and informative. Our guide was very friendly and able to answer all questions. The tour felt relaxed and we had a lovely group. The businesses we visited were well-chosen and the staff at each establishment were interesting and fun. 5/5 by Jo-Ann Koch 7-2-2016
Linda was so knowledgeable about the history of the area and her enthusiasm was infectious! The samples were generous, tasty and filling! A very enjoyable morning. 5/5 by Leonie Courtney 24-1-2016
Excellent. Linda was a knowledgeable guide. 5/5 by Simon Vu 24-1-2016
Excellent 5/5 by Craig Davies 23-1-2016
We thoroughly enjoyed the food tour on Saturday. Linda (our guide), was so nice and informative. Interesting to hear some of the history of the area and we had a nice variety of tastings of good quality food. Linda was lovely and we were lucky enough to be in the company of a great group of people! Good all round. Thanks, Fran & Bob Peckham. 5/5 by Francis Peckham 11-1-2016
I loved it.. It included a lot more diversity than I had expected - not just the Italian food cultures...The guides were very engaging - Sheree very knowledgeable and passionate about the area.
There were some holdups wth people wanting to shop - perhaps suggest they go back in leisure time after the walk to do that - but I understand that the businesses depend on sales - however they come. Not a big issue.
The event at Milk the Cow was very enjoyable - One suggestion would be that the guides ( and there were two with another learning the ropes)ensure that the plates of cheese are evenly distributed across the group. We had five people digging into our platter, while two ladies had one to themselves. They thought it was fabulous of course.
It was very impressive how well things were organised in each of the stops with the largish group, other people trying to buy things and the store manager organising samples of food and addressing the group. Very smoothly done. 4/5 by Clare Buising 18-11-2015
Passionate and knowledgeable tour leaders. Fantastic food choices 5/5 by Anne Barker 14-11-2015
Great guide and lots of fun sampling food and get to know the local community 5/5 by Chloe Hurley 31-10-2015
Shireeen our guide was fantastic.. v. Knowledgeable about area and took us to some very unexpected places along the way. Had a really enjoyable morning. 5/5 by Catherine Benjamin 24-10-2015
It was a breathe of fresh air, interesting and diverse 4/5 by Dan Hanley 19-10-2015
Wendy and I loved the event, the food, the guides and the company, learn't a lot about Carlton and its early days. 5/5 by Peter Jordan 17-10-2015
The tour guide was lovely and took us to places we haven't noticed on previous visits to Lygon street. The tasting plates were great and the whole tour, which lasted 4 hours, was memorable. 5/5 by Orna Goussac 13-10-2015
Loved having the opportunity to see and taste food from retail shops I would not have gone to when visiting Melbourne. Shireen our guide was great, full of historical information about the area. Was fun ending the tour at the cheese tasting shop. Very friendly staff their and an abundance of good wines and cheeses. 5/5 by Jo Briggs 12-10-2015
I absolutely loved this tour. It was completely different to what I imagined it would be but in a surprisingly good way. Our tour guide, Shireen was such a delight. Shireen gave us some fabulous insider tips on some of her favourite places to eat. We only had a small group of 4 which was great as it allowed us more time at each stop. The perfect weather contributed to a very pleasant couple of hours.
Thanks for the wonderful tour Shireen. I will be trying a "magic" the next time I am in Melbourne!
Michelle & Di 5/5 by Dianne Guyatt 5-10-2015
Overall it was interesting & went to some produce shops I may have walked past previously. For the price I'm not sure if I would do another one, but I did enjoy the few hours & met some nice people. 4/5 by Rochelle Valente 14-9-2015
Our guide, Shireen was friendly and informative and the whole group enjoyed finding the 'hidden gems' of Lygon Street. Shireen was interested in our club (VIEW/The Smith Family) and was happy to stay and chat at our last venue as we ordered wine and extended our time with her. The pick-up point was excellent. Easy to reach by public transport. 5/5 by Heather Manners 2-9-2015
Enjoyed listening to jack talk of his experience of food and taking us around lygon St. He's got a knack for humor and you can tell he loves food by the things he says and how he's able to interact with everyone. 4/5 by Maria 30-8-2015
Jack was an excellent guide who clearly understands
food and his local area. My husband and I thoroughly
enjoyed the tour and certainly had many delicious
food items to sample with a balance of savoury
and sweet. 4/5 by Brenda Pond 23-8-2015
Delightful - the guide was knowledgeable and kept us engaged throughout the tour. 5/5 by Szuen 23-8-2015
5/5 by Leah Baxter 17-8-2015
4/5 by Glenister Lamont 16-8-2015
Yum yum yummy 5/5 by John Baxter 16-8-2015
A lovely 'taste' of Lygon Street. 5/5 by Melody Rewakowski 16-8-2015
My friend and I had a wonderful experience around Lygon Street with a very happy and knowledgeable tour guide named Shireen.
She told us tales from the past and brought the information up to the present, highlighting the role played by people from different cultures and traditions. Each stopping place provided further information and very generous tasting portions. Mmmm...the pate, the cheeses, the meats, the coffee , the bread!! Highly recommended tour. 5/5 by Sharon Padley 9-8-2015
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