Discover the Laneways
Duck into Melbourne’s tiniest streets to explore a world of colourful street art, cosy bars and unique stores.
There’s plenty to be found in this laneway. For modern Chinese fare, make a booking at Lee Ho Fook — there’s also a downstairs bar for cocktails and snacks. It’s all about upmarket Indian cuisine in a beautiful dining room at Tonka. Don’t miss the pani puri — crispy, one-bite parcels filled with spiced potato and aromatic water. leehofook.com.au tonkarestaurant.com.au
Tucked off Bourke Street, this laneway is a fashionista and foodie dream. At Suit Shop, stylish men can have quality, made-to-measure garments created by expert tailors. Beautiful fashion from around the world, both vintage and new, and pieces lovingly created by owners JC and Dean Hewitt can be found at Madam Virtue & Co. All that shopping can work up an appetite, so try hip Gingerboy, where you can feast on dumplings, South-east Asian street food and shared dishes. suitshop.com.au madamvirtue.com.au gingerboy.com.au
One of the city’s newest laneway precincts, in the Upper West Side development off Spencer Street, now harbours spectacular large-scale murals by some of Australia’s most famous street artists, including Rone, Adnate and Dvate.
Duckboard Place Robert Blackburn
Lee Ho Fook Word on the Street Catherine (35) from Richmond “There’s so much energy on Hosier Lane, where people from all over the world gather to take selfies of themselves in front of the ever-changing street art. But it’s also home to my...