Time: Fortnightly, Saturday 10am
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Meeting Point: Corner of Elgin St and Lygon St, Carloton
On this this tour, you will sample some of the best foods that Carlton has to offer.
Foodi will guide you around a variety of notable venues, each with their own story to tell and delicious samples to share.
This includes a tour around the kitchen of an iconic Italian pasticceria, a talk at Melbourne’s only traditional French Charcuterie, and a learning experience about the area’s European history as you walk.
You’ll also have the opportunity to sample the best of each establishment, including cheeses, cured meats, dips, and breads. This tour is not vegetarian, vegan or dairy free.
There will be some walking involved on the day, so please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if the weather calls for it.
How to get there:
By tram: Number 1 or 8 heading north from Swanston Street.
By bus: Number 200, 201, 203, 205, 207 or 253 from Melbourne Central.
To book a private tour for 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.
Amazing value for money, Brunettis was fabulous beyond words and left us with our mouths hanging open in wonder! An excellent tour, highly recommended to others looking for a great way to spend a Saturday lunhctime 5/5 by Robyn Smillie 17-10-2016
Great tour, went to some really wonderful places. Especially like Brunettli's - what an amazing array of cakes :) 5/5 by Elaine Cross 16-10-2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The venues were very welcoming especially Brunettis which gave us an amazing behind the scenes tour. The food was delicious. Cristina the host was bubbly, friendly and enthusiastic. I definitely recommend it 5/5 by rosa pane 18-9-2016
Informative and fun. Good introduction to the area. Learnt about places we would not otherwise see. 4/5 by Su Kie Ong 17-9-2016
Brunettis best - informative experience 4/5 by Deborah Monaco 17-9-2016
5/5 by Paula da Silva 4-9-2016
Main highlight was the Brunettis and La Parisiene Pate. I love the behind the kitchen tour of Brunettis, very educational and the sampling of pistachio gelato right off the churning machine was so divine! 4/5 by Merivale Chang 4-9-2016
Well planned. Fabio from Brunettis was so generous with his time and produce. Excellent 5/5 by THERESE BRENNAN 7-8-2016
great tour with plenty of variety. brunetti was fantastic 5/5 by Eloise Balgowan 23-7-2016
Everything 5/5 by Richard Bossio 15-6-2016
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
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