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Melbourne Dumpling Walking Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a taste of Melbourne’s cultural diversity on this culinary walking tour through the city’s Chinatown. Explore this vibrant neighborhood with a local guide and stop in at authentic eateries to taste delectable dumplings. Learn about the history of Chinese cuisine and how it gets a distinct Melbournian twist. Compare notes on your favorite dumplings with other members of your small group, which is limited to 10 people for a more personalized experience.
  • Dumpling walking tour in Melbourne
  • Sample a variety of dumplings at different venues
  • Enjoy a fun tasting experience and enough food for a meal
  • Compare the dishes that your guide orders and choose your favorites
  • Try Melbourne’s hottest chili sauce (if you can handle it!)
  • Learn about the regions in China where each dumpling style originated
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 40 Elizabeth St
    40 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    We meet outside a store called 'Travellers Shop' on the corner of Flinders Lane and Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Note: This is NOT the same as Flinders Street.

Start time

06:00 PM

End point

  • 131-135 Bourke St
    131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

    We 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.

What To Expect

Modern Melbourne is home to a diverse population, including a large Chinese community that began immigrating to the city in the 1850s. Spend an evening exploring the history and flavors of Chinatown on this walking food tour. Meet your guide in central Melbourne and head to the Chinatown gates. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Throughout the tour, stop in at different Chinese restaurants to sample their specialty dumplings. The succulent, doughy balls are a favorite dish among Melburnians and come in a wide variety of fillings and flavors. Compare tasting notes with your guide and fellow tour members as you dig into shared platters of the housemade delicacies. If you’re feeling brave, try a dumpling topped with the city’s hottest chili sauce!

Throughout the tour, devour enough dumplings for a light and satisfying meal. Part with your guide back in central Melbourne, where you can continue exploring the city’s dining scene and nightlife on your own.

Flinders Lane

You may know Flinders Lane has some of Australia's best restaurants, however did you know that it has some of Melbourne's best dumplings too? We start our tour with two distinctly different stops in this neighborhood.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free


Learn about one of the oldest Chinese settlements outside of China - and (maybe predictably) we taste dumplings here too.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Dumpling tour
Courtney_M, Apr 2021
Sue was so knowledgeable and friendly when showing us around the dumpling houses of Melbourne! The different places we went to were great and she was able to explain why it was she came to discover these places!
TAKUMI_Y, Apr 2021
It was nice group and it was fun and food was also nice . I have learnt from host the history of Melbourne a lot.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Yummy dumplings and good history walk
Elena_P, Mar 2020
Sue was great! Very knowledgeable and took us to great places to try such good dumplings. She even gave us a little history tour too, which was really neat.
The dumplings!
Michael_A, Feb 2020
Recommend doing this tour. Our guide was friendly and gave insights into the background of the dumplings we tried out. We visited 4 dumpling places and each gave us the opportunity to try out different styles and flavours of dumplings.
Response from Host, Mar 2020
Thanks Michael- it was a pleasure hosting you! Sue
Thank you Monique. Some great...
Iain B, Dec 2017
Thank you Monique. Some great dumplings and conversation. Also, some interesting Melbourne history thrown in. We were unlucky to have picked a really hot evening and a few of the places dont have air conditioning. But the dumplings made up for it. And I look forward to going back for more!
Uh, yes, a DUMPLING tour? What more...
Paige E, Mar 2017
Uh, yes, a DUMPLING tour? What more info do you need? I've done a lot of food tours and this one was among the most unique. Very well-run, would do it again and would absolutely recommend.
I loved this tour and Monqiue was a...
Michelle H, Feb 2016
I loved this tour and Monqiue was a fabulous guide. This tour takes you to four different restaurants to taste different types of dumplings eg: Shanghai province and Japanese NB: remember to wear stretchy pants.
Really enjoyed it, had a great time and...
Cherie D, Aug 2015
Really enjoyed it, had a great time and highly recommended it.
We had a wonderful evening venturing...
Jo T, Mar 2015
We had a wonderful evening venturing through the streets and alley ways of China Town. What better way to see the city then by walking. To have such a knowledgeable guide was even better. The dumpling restaurants we visited were fantastic. Absolutely wonderful evening. It was the highlight of our Melbourne visit. Great way to spend a night out meeting new people with great food and drink.


Product code: 6846DUMPLING