Taking a Delicious Walk through Melbourne

Finding the perfect Melbourne spot to dine in or have a delicious drink can be tricky.  As local's will tell you many of its bars are hidden from the street; you enter via secret doors, elevators and staircases and have to know where they are located.  So gaining local knowledge is paramount if you want to enjoy the city like a local. 

Enter 'Walk Melbourne' and Monique Bayer. 

Monique Bayer, one of Melbourne’s most passionate foodies, runs one of the city’s most unique and delicious tourism experiences and yes, they include sampling some of Melbourne’s best rooftop bars, dumpling houses, coffee, chocolate eateries.

Monique is also curating some new dude food tours with a taste of Americana and, if you are a fan of the show Offspring, she has a specially designed an Offspring fan walk.

With Monique's expert guidence you will  visit a variety of fun spots with delicious drinks and we believe that locals may even discover some new places to enjoy.  For those of you who would prefer to do the walks independently , Monique's new book,  'Devouring Melbourne – Uncovering a Delicious City' has everything you need including hand drawn, easy to follow maps.

For a start why not try…

Dumpling Discovery Walk

There's nothing Melbourne's city workers like better than a plate of dumplings after work or anytime really! But where to go? There's so much choice! Visit several dumpling houses throughout the city that all do something a bit different.

You'll visit 4 delicious venues over 2.5 hours – all in the CBD. The walk is designed to show you a range of different dumplings at some of Melbourne's most authentic places. We think they’re a collection of the best dumplings in town – you won’t be disappointed!

What's Included?

  • A sharing plate at each of the dumpling houses
  • Guided walk – and through each menu!

Coffee Lovers Walk

Melbourne is obsessed with coffee. This 2 hour walking tour takes you to places that really care about the origin, roast and brewing of the bean. It’s a great way for the home coffee enthusiast to explore espresso and a range of other brewing methods while drinking some great coffee along the way.

All while exploring Melbourne's laneways and street art. 

What's Included?

  • Four of Melbourne’s best cups of coffee
  • Speaking with baristas about the crop-to-cup story

Rooftop Bars Walk

Dive into Melbourne’s rooftop bar scene surveying the city’s top spots to sip tasty drinks and enjoy views of the city below. Many of the rooftop venues are hidden from view of the street and each one has a different vibe. Between stops, take in the laneways and street art of Melbourne. Enjoy four drinks at four venues, each with its own style

  • 3 hour tour – See the city from an aerial perspective at twilight, perfect for a balmy evening
  • Admire the street art and lively laneways of Melbourne as you stroll through town
  • Have the option to purchase food at some of the bars if you’re hungry
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a more customized experience with your expert guide

Your guide has curated the tour so that you get a different type of experience at each place. One stop is steeped in local history. Another is situated at the top of a ‘vertical laneway’ and attracts a hip indie set. A third features elegant decor and atmosphere. The final one boasts a stunning terrace with a sordid tale in its past. All of the venues have great views and are perfect to enjoy the evening twilight. 

Expect to walk just over a mile (2 km) over the three hours, with much of the time spent at the bars. Take in some of Melbourne’s famous street art and laneways as you stroll between stops. Your guide orders a special featured drink at each bar. If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, just let your guide know. 

Food is not included, but if hunger strikes, you can buy a burger from a rooftop burger shack; others indulge in Spanish tapas at another place or eat an early dinner beforehand. Some of the bars only have stair access; the itinerary may be adjusted depending on the group. 

The Melbourne Experience (Foodie Indulgence Walk)

Melbourne is a mecca for food with an eating culture bordering on the obsessive. This walking tour lets you experience the best examples of what Melbourne offers. Drink coffee, eat dumplings, sneak in a chocolate treat and finish it off with a drink on a rooftop.

Highlights

  • Drink a great Melbourne coffee
  • Share a plate of dumplings
  • Indulge at a chocolate saloon
  • Relax with a drink on a rooftop
  • Discover some of Melbourne’s cutest laneways and arcades

What's Included

  • Coffee
  • A share plate of dumplings for lunch
  • Chocolate tasting
  • A Glass of bubbles on a rooftop
  • Guided walk through the CBD

City Wine and Dine

Take a dive into a passion that Melbourne is famed for, good wine and food. Your local foodie host will escort you into the city for a culinary experience that will be a treat for the taste buds. With clusters of amazing venues within walking distance this is your chance to interact with the real Melbourne as friendly faces share their passion of local food and wine with you. 

You'll experience beautifully prepared local specialties, inspired by the best of local produce and Italian traditions. You'll have the opportunity to chat with sommeliers as they pour the locally crafted wine that's been selected the match your food. 

In between each stop you'll explore Melbourne's laneways and arcades taking in some of the places that locals like to play. Each stop is a new opportunity to experience a sample of delicious dishes made with produce sourced from the finest local ingredients. Also, take note of the beautiful interior designs of these restaurants as the various facets of your evening blend together to leave you with a wealth of knowledge on Melbourne’s history, food and wine culture. 

What's included

  • Italian style specialities using the best of local produce. 
  • 2 glasses of local wine, matched with your food.
  • Delicious street food style dessert
  • Guided walk through the CBD

Dude Food Walking Tour

Join us for this progressive dinner to eat some good ol' North American inspired food, while learning a bit about the city of Melbourne. Over 3 courses you'll eat buffalo wings, mac & cheese, burgers & fries and finish with pumpkin donuts. 

All this, while exploring Melbourne's laneways with award winning tour company, Walk Melbourne Tours. So get a group of dudes (and dudettes) together and have more fun than you thought possible.  

What's included

  • American themed entrée, main and dessert
  • Guided walk through the CBD

For more information or to purchase her new book 'Devouring Melbourne' visit www.walkmelbourne.com.au

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