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Tour code: 3671ARCADES
Explore Melbourne’s charming laneways and opulent arcades with a small-group walking tour. Uncovered tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with morning tea, a chocolate tasting and an optional lunch at a local eatery. Tour numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure a personalized experience.


  • Discover a little history, architecture, street art, small business and more!
  • Local artisans and designers showcased
  • Enjoy morning tea in the laneways
  • Indulge yourself with a chocolate tasting
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch with a glass of wine (if option selected)
  • Small-group numbers maximum 8 participants ensure a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour

Melbourne Arcades and Laneways

Get a local’s perspective into the history, art and culture of Melbourne with this 4-hour, small-group walking tour. Along with an expert guide and no more than 8 people, wander the maze of Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades to discover a treasure trove of unique architecture, art, boutiques and cafés.

Step inside the opulent Royal Arcade to window-shop the upscale boutiques the line this elegant, Old World indoor avenue. For a modern contrast, admire the vibrant street art along Hosier Lane and other alleys while learning about Melbourne’s robust art scene. 

Follow the aromas of roasted coffee beans and fresh-baked goods through a series of charming laneways bursting with small sidewalk cafés and eateries. Enjoy a steaming cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee, and indulge your sweet side with a chocolate tasting. If you choose an optional upgrade, finish your tour with a delicious lunch and glass of wine at a local café. 

You’ll leave your tour with a special goodie bag in hand and many ideas for local spots to revisit on your own. 

Customer Reviews

Denese M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An excellent tour. The tour guide Caity was outstanding,knowledgeable,fun,patient and passionate about her city. Would recommend this tour to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Beautiful way to spend morning discovering hidden delights of Melbourne

Mark N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Even though have been to Melbourne and enjoyed the lanes and arcades before, learnt a lot more about them, their history and stories and discovered a few new ones too. Excellent day.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really helpful and fun. My guide was helpful and informative. The hot chocolate was 8.5/10 which is high for me. I also felt more confident walking around Melbourne after this tour.

stephanie v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

great tour!
Catie was a super guide. It was a good use of time since it was my first visit to Melbourne---interesting, educational and fun all rolled into a few hours. the coffee break was a nice perk too! thank you :
sorry we didn't get our chocolates tho--we all forgot :

Kevin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

loved it. perfect combination of history and culture. Easy walking and seems to hit all the right spots.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We really enjoyed this tour - our guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. We went back after the tour to revisit several of the places we had been shown.

Cynthia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Caity was awesome. I highly recommend her as your tour guide. The tour itself was a perfect introduction to the hidden alleyways and lanes that are Melbourne. You'll want to retrace your steps afterwards to browse and shop.

Ellen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. I walked thru some laneways on my own, but didn't really see the treasures until I did this tour with our delightful guide. Lots of fun stops, especially the hot chocolate stop. I highly recommend this tour.

Christine J New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We really enjoyed this tour which had the right balance of history and information. Sarah was great and I took on board her advice to look up in Melbourne- you really do miss some great things if you don't as everything isn't at eye level. Hot chocolate was amazing. Loved the small group as its easier to walk about in small numbers.

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