Wondering what’s been happening behind the scenes in the city? Find out what’s new in our guide to the latest laneway happenings. Opening hours might be a little different right now, so check with venues before visiting.

Shop local jewellery in a vertical laneway

You’ll always find something new at Underground Sundae. This local jewellery label works out of studio three on level six of the Nicholas Building. Delicate yet self-aware, their quirky style blends chains and charms, stones and pearls. Check out the Us by Us earring sculptures of customisable hoops and studs.

Dine at a rooftop container bar in New Chancery Lane

Part rooftop bar, part local produce diner, 100% your next laneway cocktail destination. Wander up Little Collins Street and let the royal blue façade of Sojourn sneak up on you out of nowhere. The uniquely designed shipping container-style spot is one of Melbourne's newest hidden gems, right next to Scott Pickett's Chancery Lane. The restaurant is open now, and the rooftop reopens on 4 August.

A woman sitting at a rooftop bar
Sojourn in New Chancery Lane

Try a traditional Chinese breakfast in Equitable Place

Want to start the day with something other than toast? At Decennium, you can feast on Chinese home-style breakfast favourites from 6am to 5pm. Maybe a crispy roll with pork floss and egg, or Taiwan’s burrito-sized sausage rice ball. Try a Chinese doughnut, a fried rice cake sprinkled with sweet black sesame.

Visit a tiny Japanese bakery in Drewery Lane

Enter Bakemono Bakers in teensy Drewery Lane and you’ll find a surprise. The wooden shopfront is pure Kyoto, but behind those doors is a light and airy industrial kitchen. The bakery produces superb Japanese-Korean specialities, like chocolate croffles (that’s croissant waffles). And cream-cheesy garlic bread, Korean-style, plus fluffy shokupan bread to take home for toast.

A small laneway cafe
Bakemono Bakers

Mörk Chocolate City

Iconic choc spot Mörk has opened the cutest new café in Melbourne. Tucked away in Equitable place, you can score the full söt cake range, along with decadent toasted marshmallow hot chocolates to-go. And yes, they are fully stocked with fresh cinnamon buns.

Sip standing-room-only coffee in Little Collins

Bench is a corner cafe for caffeine connoisseurs at 321 Little Collins Street. Grab one of the few bench seats if you’re lucky, or take your place at the long shelf running the length of the room. Your work-of-art beverage can be black, white or filter. Pair with a dacquoise meringue filled with matcha. 

Score loaded sando at a tiny new deli

Some of Melbourne's best feeds are found in unlikely places. Just like Nico's, a sandwich-slinging window vendor hidden behind a carpark. Catch them in Healey's Lane for kim-cheese toasties, towering crispy chicken sando and more classic deli feeds. Have a good look around Healey's Lane for more newcomers, like Australia's first Sukbong.

A deli window
Nico's

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Il Papiro

You’ll find handcrafted Italian stationery, journals, gifts and more on the shelves at Il Papiro.

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