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

A laneway with outdoor cafe seating under umbrellas.

1. Degraves Street

Two women walking through a laneway filled with boutiques and cafes.

2. Centre Place

People collecting food from a laneway takeaway shop.

3. Scott Alley

Interior of the Cathedral Arcade, showing the glass ceiling and glass-fronted shops.

4. Cathedral Arcade

Two women walking down a laneway into a shoe shop.

5. Manchester Lane

Two women with shopping bags walking through a beautiful shopping arcade with tiled floors.

6. The Block Arcade

A shopping arcade with domed ceilings and checkerboard floors.

7. Royal Arcade

People walking past restaurants and outdoor dining in a laneway at night.

8. Hardware Lane

Two women walking into a laneway venue at night,

9. Warburton Lane

Check out the street art and then head upstairs to find Spanish piano bar Murmur.
Three people exiting an outdoor laneway bar.

10. Whitehart Lane

Stop by for a cocktail at Whitehart's double-storey shipping container bar and rooftop.
Two women walking down a laneway with plants.

11. Rankins Lane

12. Somerset Place

Two women carrying shopping bags past colourful stores and seating.

13. The Strand

People sitting in a laneway outside a bar.

14. Driver Lane

Browse fashion at Acne, cake at Sweet Canteen or sip cocktails at basement bar Beneath Driver Lane.
Two women walking past a restaurant in a narrow laneway.

15. Postal Lane

More to explore

Crossley Street

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

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

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

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