Degraves Lane, Melbourne, VIC
You never quite know what's in store when you wander off Melbourne's grid of city streets into the maze of gothic laneways behind them. Even the locals find surprises here, where the venues for food, fashion and art are small, quirky and sometimes hidden. Discover a late-night jazz bar or watch the world go by from a tiny trattoria, browse the boutiques and check out urban art. You can unlock the city's real secrets in these distinctively Melbourne streets.
Melbourne's lively laneways wind unpredictably between the wide, ordered streets where bullock carts hauled goods in the 19th century. Today you can escape Melbourne's modern-day traffic in these charming backstreets.
Let the aroma of good coffee and gourmet outlets tempt you to Degraves Street and Centre Place. Stop in at home ware stores along each. There's more great café culture along Crossley Street, as well as stylish boutiques and small, popular lunch places. Nearby Liverpool Street is lined with good-value Asian eateries and friendly Italian restaurants.