Guided tour

Melbourne Multicultural Markets Culinary Culture Tour

4.4 / 5

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Melbourne Multicultural Markets Culinary Culture Tour

From £46.42 per person

The markets of Melbourne are buzzing, colourful reflections of the city’s soul. Go behind the scenes, taste the food, meet the vendors and discover the local culture.

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  • 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
  • Learn about the gastronomic culture, history and traditions of the region from your local foodie host
  • Graze the market, graze the world as you sample over a dozen international (and some Aussie) foods
  • Learn the history of markets in Australia and why their multicultural food reflects Australia’s diverse society
Full description
Celebrate the local foodie culture in Melbourne’s multicultural markets on a three-hour walking tour. With your local host and small group, you’ll 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.  You’ll visit the market in the morning hours before the rush. This will allow 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 you will have plenty of samples, tastings and time to explore, so you can get the true experience. Hear about how immigration has been a driving force in Melbourne which gives the city such a unique vibe. Depending on the day and guide you may find yourself in Footscray at the Vietnamese market, Coburg at the Middle Eastern market, South Melbourne for the predominantly Mediterranean Market, or the famous Queen Victoria Market in the CBD (the largest open air market in Australia). Each area has its own character, amazing food, and eclectic style and buzz. You'll finish with a hot or cold beverage. By the time your tour finishes, the markets will have come fully to life as locals arrive for freshly sourced lunches and to do their grocery shopping. The cafés, bars and shops stay open throughout the afternoon, and you’ll be free to explore more fully after the tour concludes. Continue shopping on your own, or head back to your hotel.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • International food tastings
  • Hot or cold beverages
  • A tram or train fare may be required depending on the market; your guide can help you purchase a ticket at the beginning of the tour
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Southern Cross Station (Under the Clock Tower), 83 Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of six and 11 are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Please select "child" when booking. Children under the age of six are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of six.
  • This tour can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests. Please notify the supplier in advance of any dietary needs.
  • This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people.
  • Effective December 1, 2021, travelers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6 to 17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted within 72 hours of the tour, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months, or proof of vaccination.
  • This tour will take place rain or shine.
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4.4 /5

based on 7 reviews

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Really good tour. Kellie was great. Lots of info and delicious food to try

10 March 2020

4 January 2020

The Queen Victoria is an experience not to be missed. My guide aided my learning of spices, cheese, honey and various breads. My market personal were interesting and friendly. Food tasting and wine tasting exceptional!

30 September 2018

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