Discover the Laneways
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.
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
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