Melbourne Food Tour of Richmond

I’ve just arrived in Singapore for a holiday and I can’t wait to explore the city particularly its food. One of my favourite things to do when I am travelling is to do a food tour. It’s such a great way to get to know a place. Now I’ve discovered, thanks to Alan Campion’s Melbourne Food Tours, that the same sort of tour is a great way to find out more about the place you actually live. Alan runs food tours all over Melbourne but I was invited along to his tour of Richmond which is hosted by RRR’s Cameron Smith.

Learning more about Richmond on a Melbourne Food Tour
Learning more about Richmond on a Melbourne Food Tour

The tour explores Victoria street in Richmond, an area which is familiar to most Melburnians but one which Alan and Cameron bring a fresh take to. The tour started off at one of the communal vegie patches just off Victoria street, something I must have walked past many times before and never noticed. It was a good place to talk about the history of Vietnamese immigration to Australia from the Gold Rush to the Vietnam war as it is Vietnamese immigrants who have really shaped the area around Victoria street.

Fresh herbs, live crabs and pho for sale on Victoria Street
Fresh herbs, live crabs and pho for sale on Victoria Street

Alan and Cameron led us around some of the shops on Victoria street including the mega Asian grocery store of them all – Minh Phat. They were all places I had been before but it was great to get Alan and Cameron’s recommendations for everything from oyster sauce (they prefer the David Thompson approved Megachef) to chilli jam. Visiting the seafood stores and butchers on the street was also a revelation for the different varieties of seafood sold and various types of weird and wonderful offal.

Duck from Pacific Seafood House
Duck from Pacific Seafood House

Of course there was lots of eating as well from nibbling on fresh herbs outside the grocery stores to a takeaway serve of bronzed, crispy duck from the legendary Pacific House.

Prawn toast at Thy Thy
Prawn toast at Thy Thy

The tour finished up over a relaxed lunch at Thy Thy 1. Again, not a new discovery for me but eating at this classic restaurant with Alan and Cameron offered the opportunity to try out some new dishes which I wouldn’t have thought to order by myself. Alan and Cameron both have an encyclopedic knowledge of food and their enthusiasm for this area of Melbourne and its food made the tour really worthwhile. Next time I get the travel itch I might just book myself in for another Melbourne Food Tours just to get a fresh perspective on my own city.

Thy Thy
Thy Thy

Gourmet Chick was invited to review Melbourne Food Tour’s Richmond tour. 

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Details: Melbourne Food Tours (Ph 0408 555 679).
Pacific House 8/240 Victoria Street Richmond (Ph 03 94378225) Pacific Seafood BBQ House on Urbanspoon
Thy Thy 1 142 Victoria street, Richmond (Ph 03 9429 1104) Thy Thy on Urbanspoon
Damage: Pricey.  The tour costs $110 per person and includes lunch.  


  1. No better way understand a place than to get in amongst the food, I say. Have an awesome time in Singapore too!

  2. Very cool! Victoria street is an area I also visit often, but it sounds like you got a deeper insight into the area by taking the tour.

    PS Hope you’re enjoying your travels!! Very jealous 🙂

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  4. Helen – Agreed. Could be a good thing for you to do on your next trip to Melbourne Helen.

    Sarah – I’m the same but it was interesting to see it through new eyes. Yes travels going well – thanks for all your tips!

  5. what other foods did you try at thy thy? I eat there all the time but usually rotate the same few fave dishes – would love to mix it up abit…I dont recognise what is in the last thy thy pic??

  6. you have more experience about food, thank you for sharing your experience.

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