9 Must-Do Art and Food Experiences in Melbourne

Bring a new appreciation for the city that is nothing short of inspiring.

Creativity 4 min read Mar 28, 2021

Get ready to tickle your taste buds and feast your eyes as we put together this exciting guide that will bring a new appreciation to the Melbourne experience. Whether you’re a foodie or an artist, there’s never a shortage of things you should experience in the city of Melbourne.

Chef @ Home Cooking Course with Trupp Cooking School

This cooking course is held over five months, with 16 sessions to become a better cook at home. With each lesson, Walter Trupp of Trupp Cooking School - undeniably one of Melbourne’s best - will tackle an essential cooking topic and technique that will have you learning everything, from cooking up delicious meals in minutes to preparing an exotic feast like a real pro. Whether you want to refresh your skills or start learning from scratch, this class is perfect, offering hands-on experience with plenty of one-on-one instruction. (Click class link to see full curriculum)

Where: Trupp Cooking School
When: July 12th, 16 sessions
Cost: $3,660 (Pay only 16% up front. Balance paid weekly thereafter in 12 equal instalments)

Walk to Art - Fitzroy + Collingwood

Melbourne’s already known for its vibrant art scene, but you will be surprised to discover that there is more to see. Traipse along Fitzroy through Collingwood and be introduced to some of the most amazing and eclectic street art, as well as the most exciting art spaces and studios you’ll see. Session starts with a cup of coffee and ends with a glass of wine (or two). Or maybe make it a weekend family outing.

Where: To be confirmed on booking
When: July 30th, August 27th, September 24th
Cost: $88

If you are ready to become more serious about pursuing your fine art career, or simply have a serious fascination for it, join this small study group guided by Dr. John R. Neeson, a well-known art educator in Melbourne, as you are toured through NGV’s permanent collection which includes paintings from the 14th through the early 20th centuries. Emphasis will be on techniques and materials used of the finished works. If you’ve taken one of Adriane Strampp’s classes at Fitzroy Painting, you know you’re in for a real treat.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: July 15th, August 5th
Cost: $40

Masterclass & Food Tour with The Humble Dumpling

If you love food and you love travel, then explore Melbourne’s unique Asian culture and cuisine with this wonderful hands-on masterclass and tour. Class begins with a welcome cup of Chinese tea and dumpling queen Angie Wong’s tour of Richmond on the best places to shop for Asian ingredients. You are then invited into her home to master the wok hei and some other Asian cooking methods and techniques. To top it all off, you will gather and enjoy a full menu of The Humble Dumpling’s favourite recipes.

Where: The Humble Dumpling
When: July 28th, September 23rd
Cost: $180 (Regular), $170 (Early Bird), $160 (Bring-a-Friend)

The Melbourne Cocktail and Bar Tour with Melbourne Food Experiences

Join this happy hour tour as you’re taken through Melbourne’s best bars and introduced to its booming cocktail culture. Visit some of the city’s iconic venues and discover the best hidden and low-down joints to grab a drink in. Learn the city’s intriguing drinking history from award winning cocktail expert Sebastian Raeburn, and of course, sample delicious libations and locally produced spirits. If you’re looking for a fail-safe cocktail, Melbourne Food Experiences’ pointers are quite the guarantee.

Where: Windsor Hotel corner
When: September 2nd, November 18th
Cost: $165

The Melbourne Food Lovers Tour for Sunrise Cambodia

Be a philantrophic foodie and join Melbourne Food Experience as you tour and eat through Melbourne for a cause. Proceeds of the tour will support the amazing work of Sunrise Cambodia. This progressive food tour take you through bespoke alleys, arcades, shops and restaurants, as you’re introduced to retailers and enjoy all types of authentic tastings Melbourne’s best has to offer.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: September 30th
Cost: $125

Brunswick Art Tour with Art Aficionado Tours

Brunswick is home to a thriving arts scene, thanks to a diverse range of artists who have established spaces and studios across this historic town. This tour, guided by owner Jane O’Neill, will take you to local galleries, art exhibitions, project spaces and the remarkable street art that exists along Upfield Bike Path. There will be an introduction and discussion with Melbourne artists who will share tangible advice about exhibiting and collecting works of art.

Where: Bohemian Brunswick
When: July 8th
Cost: $75 (Regular), $60 (3 people), $55 (4 people), $50 (5+ people)

Brewery Tour & Tasting with 3 Ravens Brewery

If you’ve had burning questions about beer that you knew your beer friends could never answer, then what better to do than to head on down to this tour and learn from one of the pioneers of the Australian craft beer revolution. Get a behind the scenes peek at their quality craft brewery, understand the craft brewing process and taste your way through samples of the 3 Ravens range, including rare varieties from their cellar. Best bang for your buck!

Where: 3 Ravens Brewery
When: Jult 15th & 29th
Cost: $35

Springvale Tour with Bec’s Table

Discover why Springvale is an Asian food lover destination in this 5-hour food tour with Bec’s Table (also well-known for her Italian fare). First stop is the Asian supermarket, and then you’ll get to wander along arcades and laneways and discover the many exciting Asian ingredients, produce and food on offer. You will also visit specialty shops on Asian kitchenware, knives, cutlery, woks, plates and more. Once all your senses have been excited and you’ve built up a huge appetite, the tour will finish off with a delicious meal in a small authentic cafe.

Where: Bec’s Table
When: July 23rd
Cost: $85 (Regular), $78 (Bring-a-Friend)

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