- 4 of Melbourne’s best cups of coffee
- Try espresso and filter coffee
- Expert commentary by a local barista guide
- Guided tour through Melbourne’s laneways
Coffee Tour Melbourne
Discover the world-renowned Melbourne coffee culture and try some excellent roasts in the city's coolest cafes!
- Food, although there are lots of quick, inexpensive options to pick up along the way.
- Hotel transfers
- Trams in central Melbourne are free
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you like coffee, then Melbourne is the place to go! The city is home to one of the most sophisticated coffee cultures in the world. Join this 2.5 hour small group walking tour and absorb the “crop-to-cup” story. The tour will take you to cafes that truly care about the origin, roast and brewing of the bean.
It’s a great way to experience Melbourne’s famous coffee culture first hand, explore the laneways, while drinking some great coffee along the way. You’ll try both espresso and filter coffee.
This tour changes venues regularly to include the best cafes and coffee in central Melbourne. Reason to do this tour more than once!
- Start time: 10am, Thurs & Sat mornings
- Tour duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
- Distance to walk: 1.5 km
- Max group: 10
- Meeting point: Tues-Fri (City): Corner LaTrobe and Elizabeth Sts, outside the Bank of Melbourne
- Sat (South Melb): Cnr Cecil and Coventry Sts, outside a prominent shop called The Chef’s Hat
About the Melbourne coffee culture
What is so special about Melbourne's coffee culture? Coffee is part of Melbourne's DNA. To true Melbournians, having a coffee is all about the experience. Enjoying a nicely blended coffee and disconnecting from your everyday life.
But how exactly did Melbourne become so crazy about coffee? The history of Melbourne coffee finds its origins in the 1880s. The city was facing problems with alcoholics and anti-social behaviour on the streets. A temperance movement started campaigning against city boozing. The movement meant that pubs had to close at 6 o'clock. Another effect of the temperance movement was the introduction of grand coffee palaces. There people could enjoy a lovely atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and socialising without the consumption of alcohol. That was when Melbourne developed their taste for coffee. The city only knew about percolated coffee until the 1930s, when a lovely espresso machine arrived in Melbourne at Cafe Florention in Bourke Street.
After WWII, post-war migrants came to live in the inner city suburbs, such as Collingwood and Fitzroy. That is when a European cafe culture was born. Older teahouses were transformed into coffee lounges. Soon milk bars and suburban shopping centres also jumped on the espresso train. By the 1970s, coffee culture in Melbourne was thriving and this tendency continued to become even bigger in the 80s and 90s.
Today, Melbourne's coffee tradition is highly alive and kicking. Now it is all about experimental flavours and single-origin roast. The fascinating history of the coffee culture combined with today's coffee experimenting is why many people argue that Melbourne has the world's best coffee.
- Tours operate in most weather conditions. Tours do not operate in conditions of torrential rain and extreme heat. If the rain radar shows torrential rain (red bands of rain) approaching Melbourne CBD within 2 hours of the tour, every effort will be made to contact customers and reschedule or provide a refund. In conditions over 40 degrees, customers will be given the opportunity to reschedule or provide a refund.
Please note that the bookings are processed manually and please chat to us before making the booking or you can book with us and your booking is confirmed only once confirmed by the tour operator.
In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:
- Cancellations or changes more than 24 hours before departure: no fee
- Cancellations or changes within 24 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
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