Melbourne Laneways

Melbourne, I Love You

Typical conversation in my adopted home of London:

Me: Hello. How are you?

Londoner: Hello, what part of Australia are you from?

Me: Melbourne.

Londoner: Really? I was in Australia once. I flew to Sydney, and then travelled all the way up the East Coast as far as Cairns. Beautiful country. I never went to Melbourne though….

I wish I had a dollar for every time I have had that conversation. I’d be getting around in a rather fancy pair of Gucci shoes by now, let me tell you.

Melbourne seems to miss a lot of the tourism that Sydney gets and that, my friends, is a crime! Melbourne is one seriously cool and sexy city.

Melbourne is known for its culture, live music, art, fashion, restaurants and (most importantly) coffee. There is too much to this vibrant city for me to cover in just one post, so lets just start with a wander around the City centre and through the Melbourne laneways labyrinth…

Many overseas visitors remark on the European feel to the city. If you wander along the lengths of Collins Street and Bourke Street in the city centre you’ll understand why. Melbourne still has much of its Victorian and Gothic architecture intact, with Skyscrapers built back from the historic facades to preserve these beautiful buildings.

Melbourne Laneways

Melbourne Laneways

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You’ll also find similar historic architecture in the city’s arcades and galleries. I recommend a quick saunter through the Block Arcade on Collins Street where you can stop for a cake and cup of tea in the fabulous Hopetoun tearooms.Melbourne Laneways

For shopping, you have both quality and quantity for whatever your budget throughout the city centre. Much of it is concentrated around Lonsdale Street, Bourke Street and Collins Street. My favourite shopping destination has to be the Emporium Melbourne on Lonsdale Street. All of the best Australian designers and stores can be found here.

After a walk along the main thoroughfares of the central business district, I suggest you dig a little deeper into what makes this city tick. Head into the labyrinth of Melbourne laneways. Here you’ll find the heart and soul of this city – the hidden gems of vibrant cafes, cutting edge galleries, ridiculously hip jazz clubs, hard-to-find bars where you’ll hang with the cool kids and unique boutiques where you’ll find that item of clothing or jewellery that expresses exactly who you are. At any time of day or night, there’s something to be discovered in these Melbourne laneways.

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So when you’re planning your trip to Australia, be sure and make it to Melbourne. Here’s how I want these conversations to go in future:

Me: Hello. How are you?

Londoner: Hello, what part of Australia are you from?

Me: Melbourne.

Londoner: Really? I was in Australia once. I went to Melbourne and it blew my mind!

Me: [insert smiley face emoji here]

A few of my own personal faves in the Melbourne city centre:

  • Coffee: Cumulus Inc on Flinders Lane
  • Shopping: Emporium Melbourne on Lonsdale Street.
  • Eating: Movida on Hosier Lane for fabulous tapas, or Pellegrinis on Bourke Street for authentic Italian (it’s a Melbourne institution)
  • Drinking: Meyers Place bar on Meyers Place (mainly because it was the first of the Melbourne laneways bars and remains the vanguard in the city), Double Happiness Bar on Liverpool Street (again, one of the oldest and enduring of the city’s laneway night spots).
  • Music: Bennetts Lane Jazz Club on Bennetts Lane.
  • Things to see: beautiful architecture (see above), street art on Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane, Federation Square (where’s there’s always something going on, including a giant slip’n’slide that was set up for all to use last Summer – hilarious!)

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