Melbourne's famous laneways are buzzing with shopping arcades, street art, cafes, bars and boutiques, all with their own individual character and charm.

Melbourne laneways

Degraves Street and Centre Place

Loved equally by tourists and locals alike, this iconic Melbourne laneway is packed with tiny shops, hole-in-the-wall cafes and Euro-style restaurants.

Hosier Lane

Melbourne's most iconic street art laneway draws throngs of tourists, with every centimetre covered in a colourful riot of murals.

The Nicholas Building

Known as a ‘vertical laneway’, this heritage building is home to an eclectic selection of small businesses and attractions.

Manchester Lane

A range of independent designers are tucked into shoebox-sized stores in Manchester Lane, from fashion to footwear.

restaurant located in laneway surrounded by street art

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Famous arcades

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Campbell Arcade

An underground shopping precinct dating from 1956 with an eclectic range of shops.

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Bell and Ross

Fine Swiss craftsmanship is evident in Bell & Ross watches.

Men's Biz

The go-to for men's grooming products, stocking leading brands from around the world.

The Block Arcade

A lavish 19th century shopping arcade featuring an impressive mosaic floor.

Royal Arcade

Oldest covered shopping walkway in Australia, known for its giant clock that chimes every hour.

Laneway culture

Iconic laneways and arcades walk

Take a walk through Melbourne’s arcades and laneways.

Street art

Melbourne laneways are filled with street art, stencils, paste-ups and mixed media.

Walks and itineraries

These self-guided walks and itineraries will help you discover Melbourne's best sights.

Coffee

Get the scoop on the best coffee spots in Melbourne, from roasteries to cafes.

Laneway bars

Eau de Vie

A bar with liquid nitrogen cocktails, tasting menus, plus a secret lounge hidden behind a bookcase.

Hell's Kitchen

Cafe by day, bar by night, in one of Melbourne's iconic laneways.

Bar Americano

Pint-sized bar serving only classic cocktails, with the menu changing weekly.

Beneath Driver Lane

Basement bar serving a wide range of cocktails and spirits with French bistro-style bar food.

Discover more

Guide to Melbourne’s best street art

We've found the best art hiding in laneways, on buildings and exploding out of the walls.

The Greek Centre

Cultural centre hosting public lectures, exhibitions and musical events.

The Wheeler Centre

This literary centre was founded when Melbourne was named a UNESCO City of Literature.

Attractions and sights

Explore Melbourne's attractions, from laneways and street art to lush parks and grand galleries.