Time: Fortnightly, Saturday 10am
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Meeting Point: Corner of Elgin St and Lygon St, Carlton
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 6 heading north from Swanston Street.
By bus: Number 200, 201, 203, 205, 207 or 253 from Melbourne Central.
To request a private tour for 8 or more, click here.
Refund Policy: Full refunds given with 5 days notice.
Dates can be changed with 3 days notice.
Terms and Conditions: 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.
Foodi require a minimum of 4 people for the tour to successfully proceed.
This was a great tour. The in-depth tour of Brunetti's was particularly good - it made me realise that it wasn't just a cake shop. We later went for pizza in the city shop, which we really enjoyed. The other stops were good too. I also really enjoyed the spice shop visit, and bought lots of things to take home. 5/5 by Rhonda Zappelli 25-9-2018
Enjoyed the tour of Brunetti's and the spice house. 4/5 by Stephen Harris and Madeline Harris 16-9-2018
It was the best food tour we ever have done. Lots of food sampling. The tour at Brunettis was amazing. All of the other venues we visited also had informative hosts. Food was fantastic. We have recommended this tour to all of our family members, friends & work colleagues. 5/5 by Mary Howley 6-9-2018
great, thoroughly recommended !!! Brunetti was amazing !!!! and our tour guide was excellent as well. 5/5 by David Ryan 3-9-2018
The brief history on Lygon Street was interesting. The highlight was definitely the visit to Brunetti where the owner Fabio showed such passion about the history of the shop and how it has evolved over the years and how they keep at the forefront of the cake industry. Bravo! The food samples were delicious too! 4/5 by Daphne 24-7-2018
It was nice to revisit a place we use to live over 20 years ago and learn some of the new businesses of the street 4/5 by Patricia Chilvers 12-6-2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Each venue was very friendly and welcoming.The food samples were delicious ... and suitable amounts for the style of tour.
All of our fellow participants were chatty, friendly and very pleasant. Thank you Marnie! 5/5 by Eunice Magee 11-6-2018
Overall pleasant. Marnie was a friendly and warm host. 4/5 by Sally Paxton 10-6-2018
As a visitor to Melbourne it was a great way to find out where to go for food and the spices shop was excellent and different. Thanks 5/5 by Elizabeth Darby 9-6-2018
Georgie was lovely and the tour was great especially our visit to Brunetti's. They were so generous with their tastings and the history amazing. We visited them again the next night for dinner. The others were interesting and also worth a visit again. All in all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Would definitely recommend to our friends & family. Thank you. 5/5 by Graham Thorne 29-5-2018
It was a very interesting tour. The tour around Brunetti was superb! The people in our tour group were very nice and we can definitely recommend this tour! 5/5 by Valerie 26-5-2018
Wow amazing day the history , stories and food so much fun .The guides were very friendly and relaxed and Brunetti well say no more ! No more boring high teas for us . More walking tours .
Thanks to all involved 5/5 by Jayne Mann 13-5-2018
Good variety. The highlight was Brunettis, Fabio was very hospitable and did not rush the large group of 16. 4/5 by Mark Berenato 13-5-2018
Excellent, Brunetti’s we love you your tour was amazing and your generosity excelled.
Would recommend this tour.
Thank you Marnie and Foodi 5/5 by Jayne Mann 13-5-2018
It was a good experience 4/5 by Mark 29-4-2018
Fabio at Brunetti's was an absolute stand out.
Found the French deli and the spice shop very good 4/5 by Michele Sharp 29-4-2018
I was very excited to do this tour and was not disappointed.
very friendly staff from the venues who went out of their way to tell us about their businesses and spoilt us with very yummy delights. 5/5 by suzanne sander 3-4-2018
Really enjoyed the easy pace and the establishments visited! Marnie, our tour guide, was very friendly and supportive! She got us to where we needed to be on time and made sure we got what we were supposed to at each place! The best stop was Brunetti’s as the owner was very generous with his time and hospitality! Overall, an excellent way to spend a morning! 5/5 by Jennifer Saunders 18-3-2018
A great experience, thoroughly enjoyed the food and learnt so much as well. I've fallen back in love with Lygon St. after taking it for granted for many years.Our tour guide Marnie was lovely. She related well to everyone on the tour, and brought the history of Carlton to life. 5/5 by Debra Fischer 18-2-2018
I really enjoyed this event. Marnie did a great job of hosting us and Fabio at Berettis was so generous of his time and product. We will definately be going back there in the future.
All of the businesses were very good. Loved the platters at Stugetties too. Thankyou for such a unique experience 5/5 by Sue Spence 18-2-2018
It was fantastic. Gave it to my husband for a gift, and he loved it.
Brunettis was our favourite, and Fabio was so generous with his time, information, and samples. If the tour had of ended there, we would have been more than happy. LOVED IT!
Have recommended it to friends, who have used our discount coupon to purchase gift vouchers for Christmas. 5/5 by Adrian Kenny 22-12-2017
Tour was very good and Brenda very knowledgeable restaurants so generous 5/5 by Carol wade 10-12-2017
Excellent! Totally enjoyed it! 5/5 by Peggi Yip 9-12-2017
Fantastic insight into Lygon street 5/5 by Trish Pojer 12-11-2017
Very relaxed and informative. Loved all the places we visited especially Brunetti, Fabio was very generous with his time and samples. Plenty to eat on the tour will definitely recommend to others. Thanks Marnie , you did a great job. 5/5 by Jan Sweeney 12-11-2017
It was an enjoyable tour 4/5 by Hannah Newton 12-11-2017
My friend and I enyoyed this day. 4/5 by Rita Lakey 11-11-2017
Very informative tour and amazing venues. Friendly hosts with good local information and food suggestions 5/5 by Epsy Edward 16-10-2017
We were very happy with the tour-we'd read the reviews and certainty agree that it was a great thing to do. Also agree with brunetti's being the absolute stand out with the generosity of not only samples and freebies but also the valuable time of the boss Fabio-incredible!!!!!!! Would recommend it to anyone! 5/5 by Rachel Spiby 15-10-2017
Coming from Sydney it was wonderful to get such an insight into the history of the area. The tour covered several cultures and went beyond just food but the food productions origins and how that and the buildings themselves, the tools and the devices, and the community show a rich and fascinating history. The tour began at Brunetti's and you couldn't have chosen a better place. The owner was amazing and that store has so much history to it. Our guide Brenda was sooo nice and friendly and happy and she pointed out so much in the street and kept us invested on our journey. And yes the food was amazing. 5/5 by Rosamund Turkington and Ash Broadbridge 2-10-2017