Guided tour

Lanes and Arcades Tour

Lanes and Arcades Tour

From US$ 71.13 per person

Explore Melbourne’s charming lanes and opulent arcades with a small group walking tour. Join this inciteful walk through Melbourne's beautiful back streets, and get a deeper glimpse of this lovely city.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Discover the backstreets and amazing alleywalls of Melbourne
  • Learn about the various coffee, art and fashion cultures
  • Walk amongst the beautful arcades and shops and feast your eyes on the city's beauty
  • Try some of Melbourne's spezialities like coffee
Full description
Have you ever been to a city and wondered what all the fuss was about? Or wasted time trying to find that cool local café you were told about, and ended up missing everything? Melbourne’s arcades and lanes hide many of these answers. Some of the quirkiest cafes, independent designers, street art, architecture, and historical tales are found in these walkways. Uncover tucked-away gems like specialty boutiques and local fashion designers, and savor Melbourne’s café culture with some yummy snacks.  There is something for everyone, locals and visitors alike. See many local stores on this casual stroll and return to those you like best in the afternoon. Make a day of it in marvellous Melbourne. Step inside the opulent Royal Arcade to window-shop the upscale boutiques lining this elegant, old world style indoor avenue. For a modern contrast, admire the vibrant street art along Hosier Lane and other alleys, 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 tooth with a chocolate tasting. Tour numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure a personalized experience. 
  • Small group of maximum 8 people walking tour
  • Chocolate tasting and seated drink stop ( tea, coffee, chocolate or similar
  • Souvenier bag with itemised map and special offers
  • Professional local guide
  • Umbrellas if needed, but most of the tour is covered.
  • Free wifi whilst on tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet - Federation Square outside of Time Out Cafe ( look for guide with YELLOW Golf Umbrella) near Visitors centre - Flinders Street and Swanston Street corner

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The cancellation policy is the following:
  • - More than 7 days in advance: 10% of original fee
  • - 2-7 days in advance: 50% of tour cost
  • - 48 hours in advance or less: refunds will not be available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 20 reviews

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5 Stars absolutely! Best tour of any sort that we'd been on! Our guide, Paul, was worth 5 stars himself! Personable, knowledgeable, so patient, inclusive of all of us and we were of all varieties - including runaways, and language difficulties! The chocolates received in our complimentary bag were top notch and our coffee break also high class. Thank goodness we found this tour!

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May 11, 2018

I enjoyed the tour and living in Melbourne I learnt lots of things I didn’t know or hadn’t recognised in the past. Very interesting, thank so much :)

January 15, 2021

Great historical notes, interesting itinerary, easy walk.

March 7, 2020

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