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Get a true taste of Melbourne’s food scene—and its delicious dumplings—on this walking tour of Chinatown. Explore the vibrant neighborhood and stop at various eateries to sample their renowned dumplings. Between bites, learn about the history of Chinese immigrants in the city and how they’ve created their own distinct “Melbourne-Chinese” cuisine. Enjoy a small-group experience with personalized attention and a chance to know your fellow dumpling devotees.
You'll start at
28-32 Elizabeth St
28-32 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3004, AustraliaWe meet outside a store called 'The Persian Grill' on the corner of Flinders Lane and Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Note: This is NOT the same as Flinders Street.
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- 1Flinders LaneStop: 60 minutes -See details
- 2ChinatownStop: 60 minutes -See details
You'll end at
131-135 Bourke St
131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, AustraliaWe end at our final venue, which is next to the tram stop on Bourke St and a 5-10 minute walk to Parliament train station.
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- Eat your way through Melbourne’s Chinatown on this dumpling tour
- Sample many dumplings and try the city’s hottest chili sauce
- Learn about Chinese immigrant history and their cuisine in Australia
- Enjoy a personalized experience with a maximum of 10 guests per tour
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the entrance to Chinatown, where your dumpling walking tour begins. Before heading to your first stop, hear informative commentary from your guide about the history of Chinese immigration to Australia, which began in the 1850s. And as you explore various dumpling eateries, learn how the Chinese population influenced the city’s cuisine—and even created a “Melbourne-Chinese” adaptation that is much beloved by locals. Enjoy an evening of eating as you sample specialty dumplings at different venues and learn the process of dumpling making. If you dare, you can even try Melbourne’s hottest chili sauce on top of a dumpling. Compare tasting notes with your fellow dumpling fans—no more than 10 of them, as this small-group tour ensures a personalized experience. After a light, satisfying meal your tour ends in central Melbourne.
28-32 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Expert commentary and history
- Try different styles of handmade dumplings
- Tea and water
- Try Melbourne's hottest chilli sauce
- Other drinks (available to purchase)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Please wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking
- Vegetarian and vegan options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Such a fantastic tour. As a local Melbournian, even I learnt so much about the city and some great local spots to eat delicious dumplings. Our tour guide, Sue, knew so much about each different dumpling and the significance of each dumpling to Melbourne and the Chinese region…
Date of experience: January 2020
Response from WalkMelbourne, Manager at Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour
Responded 26 Jan 2020
Thanks so much Therese. It was a pleasure to host you both! Sue
We enjoyed the tour, meeting Monique and of course eating great dumplings. As locals we learnt new things about our great city along the way. The fact that it was an amazing Spring evening also helped. It was really interesting.
Went on the dumpling walking tour with 7 other people. We were taken to 4 quality restaurants that we had never considered entering. Our tour guide explained the different provinces of China and the differing types of dumplings. Fun night with plenty of quality dumplings to eat.…
Date of experience: September 2019
We couldn’t recommend this tour and the lovely tour guide higher. Very lovely and relaxed tour guide who was very informative about Melbourne and dumplings. We were a very small group which made for a cosy night and guide was very accommodating about some unforeseen…
Date of experience: August 2019
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