Walk this (lane) way.
Lace your boots – Melbourne’s best memories are only a walk away. Follow our guide to uncover the wonders of the city’s world-famous Melbourne laneways.
The perfect place to start. Right across from Federation Square, this bluestone laneway is the epitome of Melbourne Laneway street art, and the one usually found in guidebooks. A collective of colourful works from local and international artists has seen the laneway evolve into a rich tapestry of street art. Its status means it’s usually packed with tourists, too, so beat the crowds and get in early if you can.
Bold, brash and an oh-so-heartwarming tribute to Aussie rockers, AC/DC. Located off Flinders Lane, it’s just a stone’s throw from Swanston Street, where the guys filmed their video for ‘70s hit It’s A Long Way To The Top. But it’s a far cry from a Highway to Hell. Make a stop at the infamous Cherry Bar, the go-to venue for big name touring bands and musicians. And if you’re feeling peckish, perch yourself at Peruvian offering Pastuso.
A little less grungy than most on this list, this green leafy Melbourne laneway is likely to evoke the loveliness of a European summer’s day. Pull up a chair and take your pick from a range of culinary delights. It’s the ideal place to go from afternoon drinks all the way through to dessert. Or, if you’re in town for a spot of shopping you’re in prime position – bustling Bourke Street Mall is mere metres away.
Melbourne’s Laneway answer to Diagon Alley. And your answer to delicious food, exceptional shopping and, of course, an array of street art. You’ll feel the history as soon as you step into this blue cobblestoned zone. But you’ll quickly be brought back to the present by the contemporary murals and artwork splashed across the walls. Wander about, or pull up a stool at one of the many cafes and treat yourself to some latte art, too. Stay the night at Docklands Private Collection of Apartments.
The classic – and classy – HQ of Melbourne’s laneways. Dress to impress and make your way along the luxe line-up of award-winning eateries, boutique bars and chic galleries. It’s also the lane if you’re seeking stylish looks from local fashion designers such as Alpha60 and et al. Unmissable gastronomical delights along the way include Cumulus Inc., Supernormal, Chin Chin and Cecconi’s.
Enter a kaleidoscope of happy hues. And prepare to be dazzled by paste-ups, murals and stencils plastering every surface of this whimsy corner. You can take home the goods, too. Buy some local jewellery, crafts and art at the summer artists’ market, or make your own at a workshop at Blender Studios. For more viewing pleasure get along to a show at Dark Horse Experiment, a gallery run by Blender Studios.
All photos via Visit Victoria.