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Degraves Street is an iconic Melbourne laneway that distils everything we love about our city into one pint-sized street. Take some time out to explore this street art-filled laneway and its quirky boutiques. Stop and sip speciality coffee at hole-in-the-wall cafes. And dine alfresco at the Euro-style restaurants to the sound of busking violinists and saxophonists.
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Fancy a spot of people watching? Experience Degraves Street from the centre of the action, dining in the middle of the iconic lane. Settle in under the warming heaters at The Quarter for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the crispy pork belly tacos or wake up early for matcha hot cakes with Oreos. You'll be dreaming about them for weeks.
For a return to childhood, pick up a tasty morsel from Little Cupcakes. The Tiny Teddy topped treats are almost too cute to eat. Get your sugar hit to go, or dine-in for coffee and cake in the laneway. Either way, these Insta-worthy bites are the perfect shopping fuel.
Tulip Coffee is a classic hole-in-the-wall, artfully decked out in pale peachy-pink, with a few tiny tables. Get cosy and caffeinated with a freshly-brewed cup of Tulip's own specialty house blend. Or take your coffee and a croissant away as you wander and browse the laneway. Open Monday to Friday.
Home to handmade Victorian produce and products, everything in Clementine’s is charmingly local. Treat yourself to new earrings or fill your tote bag with handcrafted ceramics. Snap a pic with the orange Vespa on your way out to make your visit even more iconic. Clementine's current opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm.
John Fluevog Shoes
Quirky shoe fiends Fluevog are open for trade in their funky corner shop, fitted out with neon signs and eclectic designs. Stand out in some acid-bright sneakers or a Y2K-inspired platform. You can even grab a vegan ‘leather’ pair and tread around on 100 per cent recycled rubber soles.
Get crafty when you pick up vintage-style leather journals and stationery at Il Papiro. Swoon over the calligraphy sets and monogrammed wax seals that will add a dash of romance to your letter writing. The pint-sized stationery store imports all its beautiful stock from Florence.
Give yourself a post-dinner treat with Pidapipo’s authentic and artisanal Italian-style gelato. Stack your cone with flavours like blood orange sorbetto, rhubarb crumble or rose. You can’t leave without trying a scoop of yummy no-frills fior di latte. Just look for the big round window and pink neon sign.
If you’re looking for a hearty meal, head to Metro Burgers. With a vintage, American diner-style interior, this cafe slings classic burgs for every taste. Try something new with an emu burger or take on the 'crazy burger challenge'. It's got a triple Wagyu beef patty plus bacon and chorizo to boot.
RMB Cafe Bar
Get a dose of good old fashioned hospitality at RMB Cafe Bar. Stake out a spot on the street corner and watch Melbourne go by. Start your morning off right with a goat cheese omelette and coffee. Or travel to Italy and live la dolce vita with their range of saucy pastas and creamy risottos.
Last updated on Wed 29 Dec 2021
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