Coffee culture meets art
In Melbourne city, art extends beyond the National Gallery of Victoria and into the many small laneways that run through the city. More than just a lane way, each street takes on a life of its own, hiding a treasure trove of secret bars, galleries, and other surprises just waiting to be explored.
Here’s a handy Melbourne laneways map for your next foray into the world of great coffee and street art galore!
Read more about the unique quirks of these Melbourne laneways here:
- Blender Lane
- Hardware Lane
- Union Lane
- Tattersalls Lane
- Crossley Street
- Meyers Place
- Duckboard Place
- AC/DC Lane
- Hosier Lane
- Degraves Street
Blender Lane is a true hidden gem you won’t be able to find even if you key in the name onto your GPS! The lane is located off Franklin Street and filled with street murals, handicraft shops and a swanky art gallery aptly named the Dark Horse Experiment.
Markets take place on this very street every Wednesday night featuring jewellery, artwork and bespoke fashion pieces. Add soul-soothing live music to the mix and nothing’s going to stop you from visiting now!
Foodies cannot miss Hardware Lane for the sheer variety of cuisine available from around the world. Diners love to dine outdoors in the summer months especially in the rooftop garden of Campari House.
This is the perfect place to do some people watching amid the relaxing tunes of live jazz and sweet treats from La Petite Crêperie or Il Nostro Posto for some authentic Sicilian cuisine.
Street art hotspot Union Lane is home to more than 550 square metres of wall space filled by the works of local artists.
There are so many different pieces of art on display some reviews even recommend spending an hour here just admiring the art!
Tattersalls Lane is one of Melbourne’s oldest laneways and connects Chinatown to the CBD. Here you’ll find Shanghai Dumpling House – one of the city’s oldest dumpling restaurants, many famous Asian eateries like Gaylord Indian Restaurant and the hipster-approved Section 8 Bar – made up of shipping containers, party lights and wooden pallets for chairs.
Sister bar Ferdydurke is just next door with a whole different flavour of its own. Nothing can beat enjoying some craft cocktails and hot dogs in the raw old industrial building Ferdydurke regulars call home.
Step back in time at Crossley Street located just down the road from the Parliament House. Pellegrini’s is the perfect place for retro reminiscing over a cup of coffee or watermelon granita chaser.
Lose yourself in art deco lamps, antiques and furniture from yesteryear at De Mille or dapper up with a tailored suit from Charles Edward, Master Shirtmaker or C. Maimone Tailor. Ladies can enjoy some retail therapy with unique pieces from Lucy Folk or designer dresses at Blonde Venus.
Don’t be fooled by these concrete walls; Meyers Place (previously known as Nicholas Lane) has been earmarked as one of the key projects of Melbourne’s “Green Your Laneways” campaign that will see flora and fauna sprucing up the otherwise dull building facade.
Meyer’s Place is the ultimate chillout spot for a quick break from the city. Enjoy a drink at rooftop garden The Loop, order some home-cooked goodness from Italian eatery The Waiters Club and end your day by flattering your tastebuds with customized cocktails at Lily Blacks.
Duckwood Place holds some historical significance in that World War II troops used to frequent these streets for some R&R. Today, travellers can find an eclectic mix of dining options with Chinese eatery Lee Ho Fook, Indian-inspired Tonka and Danish steakhouse A Hereford Beefstouw calling this street home.
If you’re up for some drinks, head over to Mary Fortune or Garden State Hotel. The famous Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane is also just a short walk away.
Where else in the world can you find a lane dedicated entirely to one of the best rock bands of all time?
The city’s love for all things rock ‘n’ roll is further cemented by the presence of Cherry Bar – a chill out spot created solely for that purpose. New food joints like Peruvian bar and restaurant Pastuso have sprung up in the area, but Cherry Bar still remains the place to be on AC/DC Lane.
Hosier Lane is probably one of Melbourne’s most-photographed laneways. This lane also set the city squarely on the map of art scene aficionados all over the world.
Forum Theatre is located along this street and you’ll find Misty nearby for a pre-gig cocktail or chillout spot. If you’re after something a little heavier, head over to Movida for one of the best tapas you’ll taste in Melbourne.
Quintessential Melbourne coffee culture meets Parisian flair in one of the city’s most popular streets to date. Cafe options abound with coffee giants like Degraves Espresso, The Quarter and Cup of Truth located on this very street.
Grab a memento from one-of-a-kind vendors like Florentian paper craft shop Il Papiro or Victorian goodies from Clementine’s. To satisfy your hunger from all that shopping, hop into Il Tempo or Andiamo for some hearty Italian goodness.
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