Dis­cover the Laneways

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Slip into Mel­bourne’s tini­est streets to ex­plore cool bou­tiques, cosy bars and colour­ful street art.

Fol­low Your Art

It’s one of Mel­bourne’s best­known attractions, and colour­ful mu­rals and walls of street art can be found in Hosier Lane, ACDC Lane and Union Lane. Want to find out more about these con­stantly evolv­ing gal­leries? Join a walk with Mel­bourne Street Art Tours.

mel­bournestreet­tours.com

Raise a Glass

Sip on an ex­pertly mixed cock­tail, icy beer or lo­cal wine at one of the many bars hid­den down laneways. Bar Americano is small but per­fectly formed. A cafe dur­ing the day, it evolves into a chic spot for aper­i­tifs — stand­ing room only — af­ter dark. Late nights are softly lit at Bar Am­pere, which takes its de­sign cues from its po­si­tion above an old elec­tri­cal sub­sta­tion. If you want to sam­ple ab­sinthe, this is the place. baramer­i­cano.com baram­pere.com

Shop with Style

High fash­ion can be found tucked into the small­est streets. Dis­cover the next big thing at De­sign A Space, a re­tail gallery fea­tur­ing in­de­pen­dent lo­cal de­sign­ers. Want a funky piece of jew­ellery from one of the city’s cutest stores? Head to Lucy Folk. Link­ing laneways is The Block Ar­cade, with its old-school glam­our and stores like Base­ment Discs and Aus­tralian By De­sign. des­ig­nas­pace.com.au lucy­folk.com the­block.com.au

Bar Americano

Word on the StreetLiz (29) from ElwoodA friend and I went into the city and ended up spend­ing hours in De­graves Street. It looks a lit­tle Euro­pean, with its cafes and foot­path ta­bles, and there are some gor­geous lit­tle shops both on the street and inCamp­bell Ar­cade.

Hosier Lane, Roberto Seba

Lucy Folk

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