Often mistaken as the capital of Australia, Sydney remains one of the absolute must-visit cities in the world. Why you ask? There’s a smorgasbord of cultures that live and breathe Australia daily, and with culture of course, comes food! Here’s our picks of the top food tours you can go on in Sydney, Australia to get a taste of just about the very best culinary treats of Australia. After all, the best way to discover a city is by eating your way through it!
1. Sydney Gourmet Food Tour (from 119 USD)
All of Sydney’s gourmet delights await you on this incredible Gourmet Food Tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll be pumped to try some of the international cuisine this tour has to offer, ranging from learning the art of wine making, a boutique brewery, and sampling chocolates from a family owned chocolatier. Limited to just 14 people, expect an intimate, personalized experience on this tour, as you traipse around Sydney’s inner city villages and get your own tips for spots you can try on your own after exploring the affordable, diverse offers already given to you on the tour itself!
Sydney Gourmet Food Tour
Price: from 119 USD
2. Sydney Food Tour: Tastes of Chinatown (from 80 USD)
On this 3-hour food tour, explore the very heart of Sydney’s Chinatown district as you’re guided by an expert who’ll share with you all of the best local dishes and restaurants available here. You’ll basically see all of Asia, from China to Japan, the Philippines and Malaysia with generous portions that make up a full meal. Get a chance to speak to the restaurant chefs and owners, and how they’ve adapted their own local recipes to suit the ingredients available in Australia to create some truly fusion dishes, and hear their deeply personal stories about immigration to Australia. During the tour, you’ll even get to visit a traditional tea house for a tea ceremony! Over the three hours, there’ll be more than enough food to keep you satisfied, and you’ll be filled in your head and your heart with the new knowledge you’ll acquire.
Sydney Food Tour: Tastes of Chinatown
Price: from 80 USD
3. Hour Small-Group Sydney Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour (from 40 USD)
Do you like cupcakes and desserts? Then this is definitely the tour for you! Surround yourself with the very best desserts in Sydney on this three-hour trip down the sweet tooth zone. With just 15 people per tour, expect a personalized experience as you listen to your fun, friendly, informative guide bring you to sample cupcakes, meringues, and more. You’re sure to be all sugared up by the end of the tour and armed with new knowledge about desserts!
3-Hour Small-Group Sydney Cupcake and Dessert Walking Tour
Price: from 40 USD
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4. Chef-Led Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Day Trip from Sydney (from USD 162.0)
Love spending time in the kitchen? Or just love eating? Head on down to this Chef-Led Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Day Trip to see the entire process from farm to kitchen! Here, you’ll get a chance to visit three of the region’s best boutique wineries, where you’ll indulge in fine wines paired with regional delicacies from pan-fried barramundi to kangaroo steak! With just 11 people on each tour, you can be sure of a nice intimate experience, and there’s even a free hotel pick up on the tour! With some complimentary snacks to start off your day, you’ll visit the Sydney Fish Markets, Hawkesbury River, the historic hamlet of Wollombi, and even the panoramic Great Dividing Range. Perfect for both the tummy and to take in all the natural sights Sydney has to offer; you’re sure to enjoy yourself on this fascinating day trip away from Sydney!
Chef-Led Hunter Valley Gourmet Food and Wine Tour from Sydney
Duration: 11 hours
5. Aussie Farm, Food and Wine Trail from Sydney (from 132 USD)
Want to get an authentic Aussie farm experience? You’ll get the full experience and more with this Farm, Food and Wine Trail! No need to venture into the wilderness of the outback, here you’ll get the full farm experience as you enjoy tractor rides, pick fruits from the orchards, eat a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch, and even watch a sheep shearing demonstration, before ending off your tour the right way: with wine tasting at the Tizzana Winery. Soak up the scenery of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the way there, and then experience the sheer rugged beauty of the bushlands. The full day tour will expand your mind and imagination, and on the way back, you’ll even get to stop by Australia’s oldest church, Ebeneza Church, which dates back to 1809, and stroll around the colonial town of Windsor. Spiritually and gastronomically fulfilling!
Aussie Farm, Food and Wine Trail from Sydney
Price: from 132 USD
6. Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise (from 74 USD)
How romantic can you possibly get in Sydney? Plenty, if you head on over to Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise. A 1.5-hour dinner cruise aboard the MV Sydney 2000 awaits you to serve up a 3 course menu complete with drinks. Watch from the vessel’s expansive windows for gorgeous sunset views of the harbour and city, and drink as much wine, beer, or soft drinks as you choose, and let your stress wash away as you wind down for the evening and relax completely. When you’re back on the harbour, you an even carry on the night at the nightclubs, bars, or even at the harbour itself, with fireworks guaranteed most weekends.
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Price: from 74 USD
7. Backstreets of Sydney: Culinary & Historic Walking Tour (from 100 USD)
Get intimate with Sydney as you listen to a first class local guide bring you around the backstreets of the historic city while eating and drinking your way around these paths! Get to know all of Sydney in its nooks and crannies over a well paced, relaxing 4-hour walking tour. Learn from the very best–you might even find out about things locals might not know about, from Sydney’s history as one of convicts to a modern metropolis. You’ll learn about Australia’s first settlers and how the city has shaped up to the wonder that it is today. The tour will end up on George Street, close to Circular Quay.
Backstreets of Sydney: Culinary & Historic Walking Tour
Price: from 100 USD
8. Newtown Day Safari (from 48 USD)
Get the ultimate food experience down at Sydney’s award winning food district of Newton! With countless options available, head on over to the Newtown Day Safari to find all the best pubs, restaurants, and cafes as guided by a knowledgeable local. From King Street to Camperdown Memorial Park, you’ll discover the cronut revolution all the way to the most photographed cake in all of Australia. Along the way, pass by colourful Newtown markets, as well as other iconic landmarks. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if the weather calls for it. This tour is also vegetarian-friendly.
Newtown Day Safari
Price: from 48 USD
9. Discover Sydney's history at the Rocks Pub Walking Tour (from USD 79.0)
Spend a few hours learning about Sydney’s interesting history while enjoying company in at least four bars around Sydney’s most bustling areas. Some of which include sites where Sydney’s Oldest Pub is located, where the first drink in Australia was made, and some of Sydney’s haunted places. Those who book the tour will get the option to select craft beer, wine, or soft drinks in every pub stop and also a 20% discount from the popular Hart’s Pub. Start the Australian getaway right and have fun learning more about the country in the most engaging way possible.
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
Address: departure point: 5 Essex St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: 66.16 USD
Contact: +1 (855) 339-8830
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
10. Seafood Buffet Lunch Cruise on Sydney Harbour (from USD 68.0)
Ever imagined you’d be able to watch views of Sydney Harbour while chowing down on a delicious seafood buffet? Now you can! With a seafood buffet lunch cruise at the Sydney 2000. Sail down these Aussie waters while cracking open those oysters and photographing of some of the harbour’s absolute best landmarks from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House to Fort Denison. A 2.5-hour cruise cum buffet lunch, you’ll be asked to board the gorgeous MV Sydney 2000 and get a chance to eat yummy fresh catches from Sydney Rock Oysters or mussels, Ocean King prawns, and succulent fish. Adverse to seafood? No worries, there’s still options available for meat lovers and vegetarians with a selection of international hot and cold dishes, salads, desserts, and cheeses.
Sydney Harbour: Buffet Lunch Cruise
Duration: 105 minute
11. Sydney: Eat, Drink, Walk with a Local Guide (from USD 74.0)
What better way to explore Sydney than under the tutelage and guidance of a local? Take a walk down the most intimate places known only to locals and take the chance to eat and drink while you journey in the cool evenings to explore Sydney’s emerging small bar scene. From cocktails to local delicacies, you’ll be getting a literal taste of what the city has to offer. You’ll visit 3 different small bars tucked away in basements, back alleys, old horse-cart carriageways, loading docks, and other hard-to-find corners. From speciality pizzas to tapas, there’s so much to learn about Sydney’s most exciting street food scene with intriguing spaces and the best local hangouts after work.
Lonely Planet Experiences: Sydney Local Food & Drink Tour
Duration: 3 hour
A smorgasbord of options around Sydney
With these options, Sydney becomes your oyster as you make your way around this beautiful harbour town, eat your way through culture, and discover the city through its food. From typical Aussie fare to the tastiest of desserts, there’s no stopping you as you make your way around town, satisfied in both heart and tummy.
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