Top 10 Laneways To Visit In Melbourne
Melbourne is a fantastic destination with shopping, attractions, destinations and culture, but sometimes you just want something to do in the afternoon without breaking the bank. Here’s our favourite things to do in Melbourne for free.
- Centre Place: A ‘hole in the wall’ culinary delight, dozens of tiny eateries line the laneway offering local workers and tourists alike a hundred different cuisines to try. Beautiful and ever photogenic, it should be on your list to visit
- Hosier Lane: This is the centre of Melbourne street art, with wall to wall murals, stencils and posters. Hosier connects to Rutledge which is equally impressive
- AC/DC Lane: Named in honour of the iconic Australian heavy rock band, the lane is part of the music scene still with famed venues within. Also well decorated with street art it depicts a range of musical icons including the school uniform wearing Angus Young of AC/DC himself.
- Tattersalls Lane: A terrific laneway in Chinatown lined with restaurants, including the ever popular Shanghai Dumpling House. When you’re craving noodles or rice or something more exotic, this is the destination.
- Meyers Place: This is the place for great bars, a dozen options present themselves and it is one of the go-to places for after dark.
- Hardware Lane: An open laneway with a Southern European feel, this is one of Melbourne’s dining destinations with a wide range of cuisine’s on offer.
- Degraves Street: A tiny twisting laneway lined with a host of restaurants and places to eat and drink, it has a real grunge feel, like you just discovered something that everyone else missed – except for the hordes of people also looking for lunch.
- Blender Lane: Visit the spiritual home of Melbourne’s famous street art scene. Take in a spectacle of colour, with stencils, murals, tags and paste-ups filling up every surface of this little laneway. There is an artists’ market during the summer, and you can attend workshops and street art tours at Blender Studios or check out shows at Dark Horse Experiment, an experimental gallery run by Blender Studios
- Block Place & Block Arcade: A pedestrian laneway crowded with hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and eateries. Descend the stairs to peruse the racks or catch an in-store performance at Basement Discs, one of Melbourne’s favourite record stores. Head left to discover the grand architecture, tea rooms and bespoke boutiques of famous Block Arcade.
- Cocker Alley: Yet another alley adorned head to toe in street art, Cocker is renowned for still featuring the artwork of Banksy.