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Al fresco eateries, one-off shops and cosy litte bars all nestle side-by-side in laneways threading throughout the city. Each arcade has its own individual character and charm.
Laneways Blog
With quirky and super-Instagrammable shops and eateries, there's always something new in Melbourne’s iconic laneways.
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Our self-guided walks will help you discover the city on foot, whether you have a whole week to immerse yourself or only a few hours to explore.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet.
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The Royal Arcade has provided an undercover shopping link between Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street since 1869.
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Entered from Flinders Street, Campbell Arcade underground shopping precinct dates from 1956 and connects Degraves Street with Flinders Street Station.
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Connecting Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street, The Walk Arcade offers a selection of jewellery, gift, accessory and homeware stores. The Walk is also home to some excellent dining choices.
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Inspiring art is everywhere in Melbourne - hidden in nooks and crannies, over, under and around street corners and right where you'd never expect to find it.
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Melbourne's Chinatown is a hub for the local Chinese community. It stretches along Little Bourke Street.
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Located in Melbourne's Chinatown, off Little Bourke Street, the Chinese Museum is a living part of Melbourne's modern Chinatown. The Chinese Museum documents, preserves and displays the history of Chinese Immigration to Australia.
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Whitehart is an industrial designed container bar, hidden down a city laneway. Cosy up under cover in the courtyard, or enjoy some sun on the rooftop.
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Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art throughout the city.
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This two-level streetwear capital combines the best bits of each Culture Kings store across the nation into one location. Culture Kings Melbourne is also the second store in the world to include the legendary CK Sharp Shooter Challenge.
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Follow the clink of wine glasses and the aroma of Italian cuisine to Ca de Vin, tucked away in Postal Lane next to Melbourne's historic GPO building.
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With an enviable reputation as the best Spanish restaurant in Melbourne, Movida’s modern take on tapas is inspired by the day’s market-fresh produce.
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The MoVida team has turned one of Melbourne's oldest laneway bars, Misty, into Bar Tini. Based on the Spanish bodega – Bar Tini offers cocktails, wine and tapas.
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Possibly the most permanent pop-up bar around, the Section 8 container bar combines a beer garden without the pub and a bar out of a box! Perfect in summer, great all year round, Section 8 is the definition of an outdoor bar.
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Lustre Bar is Melbourne's original dessert bar. Those with a sweet tooth will be on cloud nine when they spot the sweet canapés and dessert cocktails in a cone.
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Elevated off the street, the smallish Hell’s Kitchen is neatly hidden well enough to be off the beaten track. Serving as a cafe and lunchery during the day, the beer flows at night.
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Housed under the leafy arches of New Guernica's entrance, Chuckle Park Bar is a charming cosy outdoor space with a big heart and an even bigger soul. Think canned beverages served in stubby holders and fancy plastic glasses.


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