Our mission is to showcase Melbourne and all who make it so wonderful. Here is a list of some of our favourite city friends and why.
Started in Melbourne in 2003, the year before we began, we have had coffee on our Lanes and Arcades tour at their Royal Arcade shop for over 10 years. A business that has certainly grown since that time, but who calls Melbourne home. Our connections also extend as Melbourne Award Winners, and members of the City Of Melbourne Small Business Grant Alumni and are part of the amazing community of Melbourne City businesses that we call friends. Koko Black Salons of Royal Arcade and Collins Street are the only chocolate stores we visit on our Hidden Secrets Tours.
We are official sponsors of a Bee Hive! – Yes, when we met Rooftop Honey, we loved their urban plan – Sustainable, a way of educating, and also great product! YUM! look out for our Bourke Street CBD Honey – our hive is currently housed on the roof of the Alto Hotel Bourke street – Melbournes “greenest” hotel.
You my know we love design, we love entrepreneurs, and we also have a sweet tooth from time to time… so when the original boutique hotel of Melbourne was reborn in 2013 we were sure we would be good friends… nothing like being the original in Melbourne … its a hard game to win, and the dessert focused New Adelphi Hotel has certainly made a sweet spot for us and our clients.. you should try it too!
Its pretty amazing to be able to work with a company that has a collection of hospitality businesses, that you can work with and grow with over 10 years or more. Caboose Canteen, La Vita Buona and Three Below are exactly that… Designed by a truly Melbourne Architecture group 6 Degrees, they are not in a laneway, but when we need a booking, we can always get one, the food is fresh and full of local flavours, without being touristy. As a family business its a pleasure to work with them, and for pre theater, or lazy afternoon drinks, there is always an option in the city square.
Its very difficult to choose just one wine as a partner for our business… with over 20 wine regions just in our state of Victoria, its actually a crazy thought.. Then we came across Wine By Sam... They are our Wine Partners for our main tour the Lanes and Arcades Walk – their wines feature on our lunch menu with their wonderful “The Victorian” series. – if you have not met Sam and Bron, then make your way our to the Strathbogies.. or in a year or so, their new winery will be open in Seymour! Sam is a passionate man, with a great sense of humour, and as a member of the Plunkett family its no surprise the wines he is producing. Working on small and innovative production, Sam is in no rush, he’s methodical and persistent in chasing his dream.. aren’t we all?
If there is ever a photographer who showcases the best vistas of Melbourne, we think this is Matt Iriwn… we even shared our studio with him for little while…
We are members of the City Precinct Association and are involved at committee level, showcasing and sharing knowledge of small independent businesses in the postcode 3000 area.
Tiffany is an inspiring local designer, where all of her high quality fabrics are sourced with colour, and quality in mind. Many of her fabrics are printed with imagery that Tiffany creates, and then makes here in Melbourne. A true local label, and with an eye on sustainable production and manufacturing processes. Fiona once worked with Tiffany as well, way back before the world of tourism
We wanted some new bags for our guides to wear but without being too touristy… We could not go past the handmade bags from a gent in our building… the Nicholas Building. Matt T. came up with the wonderful ( and since popular ) Melbourne watercolour map option… you can buy one of your own here
As we look at the friends we have made and the businesses we choose to work with, then Keep Cup was a no brainer.. In a city where Coffee is everywhere, we wanted to offer a gift on one of our tours that was reusable, but still talked of Melbourne. Fiona met Abigail Forsyth in 2007 in a City of Melbourne event, and so when the Keep Cup was launched at the Melbourne Design Market in 2009, Hidden Secrets Tours ordered their own a few months later. Made in Melbourne, developed in Melbourne, and now an international brand, we are so very excited to support Keep Cup any way we can – when one cup can save about 3,000 paper cups, thats a sustainable idea we want to promote.