Wandering through the city’s mosaic arcades and art-filled laneways might be the ultimate way to see Melbourne on foot. Here’s where to find the hole-in-the-wall cafes, secret shops, tiny wine bars and iconic restaurants of the small streets.

This walk is approximately 2.4km and takes around 2 hours.

Sights on this walk

People sitting at outdoor cafe tables in Degraves Street.

1. Degraves Street

Across from Flinders Street Station, this is ground zero for street art and alfresco brunch.
People holding takeaway coffee walking past outdoor cafe diners in Centre Place.

2. Centre Place

This tiny bustling alleyway is packed with cafes, bars, offbeat shops and street art.
Colourful cafe chairs outside next to the Alpha Barbers store in Scott Alley.

3. Scott Alley

Stop for French crepes at Roule Galette or a taste of Hanoi at Heartbreaker Bun Mee.
Interior of the Cathedral Arcade, showing the glass ceiling and glass-fronted shops.

4. Cathedral Arcade

This beautiful Art Deco shopping arcade is the gateway to Melbourne's famed Nicholas Building.

5. Manchester Lane

This lane is home to independent designers, shoes and streetwear.
A lavish 19th century shopping arcade featuring an impressive mosaic floor.

6. The Block Arcade

Take in the stunning glass canopy and mosaics of this historic shopping arcade.

Heritage-listed Royal Arcade undercover shopping arcade with glass roof and arched windows above each store.

7. Royal Arcade

See Australia’s oldest shopping arcade, dating back to 1870.

Outdoor tables and chairs lining both sides of Hardware Lane.

8. Hardware Lane

This European-style laneway features live music and alfresco dining.
A person walks past a street art mural of animals on a brick wall of Warburton Lane.

9. Warburton Lane

Check out the street art and then head upstairs to find Spanish piano bar Murmur.
People sitting and drinking at outdoor tables at Whitehart Bar.

10. Whitehart Lane

Stop by for a cocktail at Whitehart's double-storey shipping container bar and rooftop.
Colourful street art on the wall of Rankins Lane.

11. Rankins Lane

This laneway is home to Manchester Press, serving up great coffee and bagels.

12. Somerset Place

Stock up on coffee and visit a one-stop-shop for food, fashion and haircuts.
Rainbow-coloured design on The Strand Melbourne shopping centre in Elizabeth Street.

13. The Strand

Shop designer denim at Rag & Bone on the corner of The Strand’s rainbow-lit arcade.

14. Driver Lane

Browse fashion at Acne, cake at Sweet Canteen or sip cocktails at basement bar Beneath Driver Lane.

15. Postal Lane

Stop at lantern-lit pizzeria Ca de Vin before indulging in some retail therapy at Emporium.

More to explore

Crossley Street

This laneway features two icons of Melbourne: Pelligrini’s and The Paperback Bookshop.

Market Lane

This shortcut between Chinatown and Bourke Street showcases the city’s best Chinese dining.

Albert Coates Lane

This newer laneway within QV Melbourne is home to local designers and international labels.

Katherine Place

Revitalised via the Green Your Laneway project, this urban jungle is a foodie hotspot.

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