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Sharing Melbourne Evolutions

This Mother’s Day we may be missing out on shared brunches and our family usual traditions, but there are still so many ways to celebrate Mum while also supporting Melbourne small businesses and local makers. We thought we’d put together a guide if you’re looking to #ShopLocal this Mothers Day.

Hidden Secrets Gift Vouchers 

Of course we’re going to start by suggesting a Hidden Secrets Tours gift voucher for Mum. Rediscover Melbourne with your Mum when the city opens back up to tours. We’re busy designing special small group tours to reignite your love for Melbourne, and would love to see you and your Mum in the not too distant future. You can grab a Hidden Secrets gift voucher here.


Travel the world via your taste buds when venues re-open

We’re big foodies at Hidden Secrets, so if a belated family dinner is on the cards, we recommend gift vouchers for some of our favourite Melbourne restaurants.

It’s hard to go past Supernormal on Flinders Lane for an inspired interpretation of the cuisine and restaurants of Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong. There’s a reason we’ve been starting our Progressive Degustation Tours at Supernormal!

For a hidden gem, Peruvian restaurant Pastuso is tucked down the end of iconic AC/DC Lane for pisco sours and and the taste of Peru  – They’ve got gift vouchers here, as well as options for Argentinian and European wine delivery!

Whether it’s fresh seafood from Ike-Jime or a classic dinner at Vue de Monde, Vue Group has some options for you here.


Feed Mum now with some special delivery options

You can have a Comfort Box delivered from Trattoria Emilia here.

Get a Mother’s Day High Tea with a selection of Punch Lane sweet & savoury classics, with the option to add on flowers or a bottle of wine. You can order here.

Drinks and sweets, you say?

We adore Patricia for coffee which is why it has long been a tasting stop on our Cafe Culture Walk, and we were very excited to learn that they’ve just launched an online store. You can order gorgeous cups and saucers, cute totes, coffee beans (whole or ground) and if you really want to impress Mum you could get her a coffee subscription! All of that here.

If Mum is a gin-lover, you can’t go past city distillery Little Lon Distilling Co. You can send a bottle of gin or even purchase a gift voucher for a gin masterclass in the future here.

You could send macarons from La Belle Miette here, or get a personalised  gift box message from Koko Black.

Simply Melbourne gifts

Melbournalia is a one-stop shop for gifts no matter the time of year with gorgeous gift packs and Melbourne made products, but they’ve also got some great recommendations for Mum here.

And then if you’re after something personalised, there’s always The Melbourne Shop too here.

For the fashion conscious Mum, sibling-run Alpha 60 has just dropped a gorgeous line of knits in time for the shift in weather.

For something bookish! Jacyln Crupi is a living treasure of a bookseller at Hill of Content, the meeting point for our Cafe Culture Tours because books and coffee go together like… well, books and coffee! Crupi has just released her very own book, Nonna Knows Best: The Italian Art of Living Best. Filled with stellar recipes and wisdom, it is an ode to nonnas everywhere. Copies from Hill Of Content have been signed by the author and you can grab one for Mum (or yourself, we won’t tell) here. Of course, there are also plenty of other books to choose from.

Then there is the Archley’s Book of Books, a super thoughtful gift for the book buffs! A journal for recording books read, with a little exploration of active reading tips and techniques for reflection. They’re also offering free Mother’s Day gift wrapping too which you can check out here.

We do hope this guide has given you some ideas, and we won’t tell if you end up making a few purchases for yourself too.

Tour options to book.


We love it when guests send us notes of what they enjoyed on tour.

These are just a few!

What others say about our Tours of Melbourne

  • What a fabulous way to experience a new city. We learned a lot while being shown some amazing places to stop in and have a bite. This was absolutely one of the highlights from being in Melbourne.
    An outstanding way to spend an evening – Laura Jan 2023
  • A very informative, comprehensive and interesting walking tour that I thoroughly recommend. I’ve been to Melbourne a few times and future trips will be so much better for the knowledge gained. Melinda is an excellent guide and I’m so glad I signed up for this.
    Best for history food shopping and outdoor art – Solo Traveller April 23
  • Fantastic evening with great food and wine. Fiona was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. She shared great facts about the beautiful city of Melbourne and took us to wonderful restaurants. A must do!
    Great Evening in Melbourne – Jan 2023
  • I am so thrilled I did. Wow, it was so interesting. I am seriously born and bred Melbourne, lived here for 50 years (in inner 'burbs) and worked and walked these city streets probably thousands of times and thought I knew my patch pretty well. This tour was the next level. My Melbourne will never be the same to me again, for which I am truly grateful. I liked it so much we're booked on the Degustation Tour. If you are not a local and you are interested in the quirky side of history and how this staid, yet beautiful city evolved, you will enjoy it. If you are a local, you will marvel at Marvelous Melbourne.
    “I loved it, and I’m a local.” – Jen, Melbourne
  • The tour is really worth every cent. We got two coffees, three sweets, a takeaway coffee mug and even a list + booklets with all the information of the tour. After this experience I wished I will stay longer in Melbourne so I can go explore every venue we passed again. Thums up for this tours! Thanks a lot 'Hidden secrets Melbourne'!
    Cafe Culture tour – Annelies from Netherlands
  • I had enjoyed Lanes and Arcades and Cafe Culture Tours in April 2015 with my family and it was so good that I returned with my friend in August Sept 2015. It really is the best way to make the most of your time in Melbourne to spend time with a guide from Hidden Secrets Tours. They are a wonderful example of Melbourne hospitality and the guests on the tour from all over the world make the experience one not to be missed. Next time I visit Melbourne their progressive High Tea Tour is definitely on my to do list.
    “Hidden Secrets Tours are becoming a must do for our trips to Melbourne.”
  • As Friday night was our last night in Melbourne we had a debriefing about what they had enjoyed the most...and guess what??.. Your tour was the most mentioned activity. One girl said it was the best $12 she had spent. Haha. So once again, a huge thank you for fitting us in and helping broaden our girls view of the food industry. They are so much wiser for the experience. Year 12 - Newcastle High School
    Newcastle High School – March 2014
  • This excellent informative and entertaining tour focused on the inner delights of Melbourne CBD lanes and arcades. Sarah is a wealth of information and is a natural entertainer. Even if like me you have been to Melbourne many times, Sarah still delivered the 'Well I never!" factor. Go on these attractions, they are truly worth every cent. - Trip Advisor - Jan 2014
    Shirley – Lanes & Arcades walk
  • This is honestly the best tour I have ever done anywhere in the world. If you ever visit Melbourne, I strongly recommend that you take this tour.
    Visited January 2014 - tripadvisor
    Via TripAdviser WynonaLavota
  • “Fantastic, Friendly, Interesting”

    The guide was amazing. She had such a wealth of background knowledge about the area that she answered every question as well as expanding on it. I could see she really enjoyed her what she did with enthusiasm and eagerness. It was a truly amazing experience. I would gladly recommend this tour for all those who love history and interesting coffee and eats Reviewed 2 January 2014 on TripAdvisor - Cafe Culture Walk

    Cafe Culture Walk – Sth Africa
  • I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your great hospitality. Thank you for making my Ultimate Australian Adventure with Oprah such and amazing time... 2010 Mary re the specially arranged Lanes and Arcades Walk 
    Mary T of Nova Scotia
  • Last week Jo and I went on your Lanes & Arcades tour and the Sommelier's Tour. They both offered completely different experiences. We had a great time discovering the many wonderful shops and cafes hidden away in the lanes and arcades of Melbourne...
    Robyn of Newcastle NSW
  • Both my friend Glenda & I have been going to Melbourne for years and we would have never known that these “Hidden Treasures” existed. It was fascinating to walk up & down the lanes & arcades and to see a completely different side of Melbourne...
    Kathryn & Glenda – NSW
If you joined a tour with us and enjoyed it, we would love to hear! - you can email us at Also a fabulous post on Google here,    Facebook or    is always a joy for us and our potential clients We as a team go through them, and love getting your personalised messages!   We're proud to say we have received Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and now 2020. We know 2020 and 2021 will be a year of new adventures. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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