This delicious walking tour is the perfect introduction to Melbourne for chocolate lovers. Join a local chocoholic guide on a stroll through the inner-city lanes and arcades, and visit the salons of a number of fabulous chocolatiers to taste their wares!
‘We had a great time wandering around the arcades on a Saturday afternoon tasting chocolate. Our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. We were in a small group of seven. This is a great tour for any age group.’
'We had a great time wandering around the arcades on a Saturday afternoon tasting chocolate. Our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. We were in a small group of seven. This is a great tour for any age group.'- Marie
This Melbourne Chocolate Tour is a sweet way to spend an afternoon in the Victorian capital! Over the course of the 1.45-hour tour, you’ll visit a number of chocolate salons and sample their delicious confections. There are six tastings in total, along with a yummy hot chocolate to wash it all down.
Your Melbourne Chocolate Tour starts at St Paul’s Cathedral or Melbourne Central (Saturday and Sunday only). There you’ll meet your knowledgeable local guide/chocolate devotee and the rest of your group. You’ll head off on foot at a relaxed pace to explore the CBD and visit various chocolate salons — many of which are roughly located between Swanston, Elizabeth, Flinders and Bourke Streets.
Two of the highlights of this Melbourne Chocolate Tour are a visit to the Block Arcade and Royal Arcade. Built between 1891 and 1893, the Block is home to many fine boutiques. You’ll have some time to admire the mosaic floor, the domed ceiling, and the fine Victorian heritage detail. The Royal Arcade is the oldest surviving shopping mall in the country, and again, the period finishes are truly stunning.
Depending on the day, chocolate shops you may visit include Haigh’s Chocolates (a prestigious family company that’s been producing chocolate since the early 1900s), the Ganache Chocolate Lounge in Collins Street, and sumptuous Koko Black — one of the city’s best loved purveyors of fine confectionery. At each store, you’ll learn the story behind the business and enjoy a specially curated tasting experience. A hot chocolate is served at one of the stops.
You’ll also have some time to browse the sweet delights on offer in each shop and take advantage of the exclusive participant discounts on offer. However, there’s absolutely no expectation for you to purchase anything.
Throughout this Melbourne Chocolate Tour, your guide will share interesting information about the history of Melbourne’s chocolate industry, but also about the city itself. Bring a notepad and pen to jot down the many cafe and restaurant recommendations you’ll pick up along the way!
While the itinerary may change depending on the day of your tour, one thing is absolutely certain — you’ll finish this experience with a better knowledge of the Melbourne CBD and an even greater love and appreciation for fine chocolate!