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
1. Degraves Street
One of Melbourne's most recognaised laneways is home to street art and a range of laneway dining options.
Browse handmade and local gifts at Clementine’s, bite-sized treats at Little Cupcakes or beautiful stationery at Il Papiro.
2. Centre Place
Pause to appreciate the Majorca Building on the corner, built in 1928 in the Spanish Moorish style.
Then take in the hustle and bustle of this dynamic thoroughfare and its surrounding street art, bars hidden up flights of stairs, and unusual shops.
3. Scott Alley
Look up to take in all seven storeys of Bible House, built in 1898.
4. Cathedral Arcade
The nine storey Nicholas Building was built in 1926 in the Chicago School style. Today it's filled with artists, studios and galleries.
In the ground floor arcade you can shop local fashion at Kuwaii or turn back time at Vintage Sole.Discover more about Cathedral Arcade
5. Manchester Lane
Manchester Lane was named for its past life as a home to fabric factories in the 1860s.
Fast-forward to today and you'll find independent designers, chic shoes and limited edition streetwear.
6. The Block Arcade
Take in the stunning glass canopy and mosaics of this historic shopping arcade.
The Block Arcade's impressive 1893 glass canopy and mosaics are reminiscent of the Galleria Vittorio in Milan.
Stock up on spices by the gram at the fragrant Gewürzhaus and don’t miss the unique Art of Dr Seuss gallery.Discover more about The Block Arcade
7. Royal Arcade
See Australia’s oldest shopping arcade, dating back to 1870.
Here you can spot the famous Gaunt’s clock, flanked on either side by mythical figures Gog and Magog.
Shop for mystical gifts at Spellbox or sweet treats at Koko Black.Discover more about Royal Arcade
8. Hardware Lane
Stop in for a drink at the locally loved Kirk’s Wine Bar, named after the laneway’s 1840s horse-trading heritage.
9. Warburton Lane
10. Whitehart Lane
11. Rankins Lane
Beloved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora once had a studio in Rankins Lane, where balconies now overflow with greenery.
12. Somerset Place
The coffee odyssey continues at Cartel Roasters in Somerset Place. Overlooking the laneway, Captains of Industry offer bespoke footwear, slick haircuts, made-to-measure menswear and lunch.
13. The Strand
Shop designer denim at Rag & Bone on the corner of The Strand’s rainbow-lit arcade.
The Strand Melbourne offers a mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, among the city's most iconic laneways and arcades.
It occupies two prime corners, with direct access to Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne’s GPO. Tenants include a flagship Australia Post, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, with partial 24-hour access. There are two levels of on-site car parking.Discover more about The Strand
14. Driver Lane
15. Postal Lane
A lush vertical garden leads to Ca de Vin’s lantern-lit pizzeria in Postal Lane.
At the Little Bourke Street end, you'll find five floors of shopping at Emporium, or walk though for more at Melbourne Central.
More to explore
Albert Coates Lane
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Walks and itineraries
These self-guided walks and itineraries will help you discover Melbourne's best sights.
Melbourne laneways are filled with street art, stencils, paste-ups and mixed media.