It’s a truth universally acknowledged that weekends are meant for enjoying good food and good company. Foodi run boutique food- and drink-related walking tours in range of cities across Australia. Whatever your indulgence, from chocolates to cupcakes, dumplings to craft beer – they’ve got you covered.
While some of you might be more interested in the eating, and less interested in the walking, there’s no need to worry – it’s all very achievable. Plus, you’ll be more than grateful for the short break in-between venues. Be sure to start the tour on an empty stomach as otherwise you’ll fill up mighty fast!
The Foodi Night Safari starts in Surry Hills at 2:30 pm (so it’s really more of a lazy afternoon stroll than a night safari). After a short introduction on the somewhat scandalous history of the area (Surry Hills wasn’t always as well-to-do as it is today) it’s time for the first stop, where you’ll enjoy a hefty tasting plate at Rogue Café. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, be sure to treat yourself and indulge in of the best coffees on Crown Street.
The next stop, French Touch Creperie, is just short walk down the street. Be prepared for the best sweet and savoury crepes you’ve ever sampled in your entire life! Wash all that Nutella down with some traditional French cider from the extensive drinks menu. They also do a mean Espresso Martini if that’s more you style.
Sticking to sweets, it’s time to stroll over to Love Dem Apples for a taste of toffee apples with a twist. Then it’s onto the Black Penny – a charming pub nestled on the corner of Redfern and Surry Hills. It’s at about this point of the tour, after squeezing in a share plate of pork belly, corn fritters and a cheeky craft beer or two, that the food coma starts to kick in. Luckily, it’s a bit of a hike to the last stop of the day through the leafy lanes back up towards Darlinghurst.
Stepping inside Lixie Chocolatier is just like stepping onto the set of Chocolat. You may actually pinch yourself just to make sure that you aren’t dreaming and have in fact stumbled across a small slice of heaven. Miga Aboulian, owner and head chocolatier, is more than happy to share her extensive knowledge of the handmade organic chocolate she makes on site. After sampling some, don’t be surprised if you walk out with a block or two (or everything in the entire shop) to take home. In fact, I dare you to try and resist.
By the time the tour wraps up, you’re in the heart of Darlinghurst where there are plenty of great cafes and bars if you’re keen to kick on. Otherwise you’ll be rolling on home around 6pm. If you’ve only got limited time to explore Sydney, a Foodi tour is the perfect way to spend a few hours if you’re on your own or in a small group. Private tours, hens, bucks and birthday parties are also available.
All food is included in the tour price, though drinks are extra. The venues may vary from tour to tour. The price for the Foodi Night Safari Surry Hills is $59pp.
By Elisa Parry
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