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Laneways & arcades

Al fresco eateries, one-off shops and cosy litte bars all nestle side-by-side in laneways threading throughout the city. Each arcade has its own individual character and charm.
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With mosaic-tile flooring, a glass canopy and carved stone, the Block Arcade is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century shopping arcade on the planet.
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The Royal Arcade has provided an undercover shopping link between Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street since 1869 The two giant statues of Gog and Magog have struck the hour of Gaunt’s clock, on the hour, since 18...
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Inspiring art is everywhere in Melbourne - hidden in nooks and crannies, over, under and around street corners and right where you'd never expect to find it.
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Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art displayed on approved outdoor locations throughout the city.
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Sat 10 Mar 2012 to Mon 28 Sep 2015
Discover Melbourne's laneways and arcades.
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Follow the clink of wine glasses and the aroma of Italian cuisine to Ca de Vin, tucked away in Postal Lane next to Melbourne's historic GPO building.
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With an enviable reputation as the best Spanish restaurant in Melbourne, Movida’s modern take on tapas is inspired by the day’s market-fresh produce.
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Misty bar is a busy city bar, with a funky edge. The young hipster crowd are attracted by the martinis, mojitos and DJ nights. There’s also a wide selection of beer and wine to choose from, plus a small selection of finger food.
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Like a vinyl record in its sleeve cover, Cherry Bar is cosy on AC/DC Lane. Melbourne’s original rock bar has been operating for almost 15 years and is as loud as ever.
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Possibly the most permanent pop-up bar around, the Section 8 container bar combines a beer garden without the pub and a bar out of a box! Perfect in summer, great all year round, Section 8 is the definition of an outdoor bar.
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There aren’t enough cocktail and dessert bars. That’s why there’s Lustre Bar; where you can indulge in a carefully crafted cocktail or a dessert or specialty chocolate.
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This popular lunchtime spot in Centre Place specialises in great-value baguettes, making it the perfect place to grab a quick bite on the run. Pick up a ham and cheese or vegetarian baguette as you make your way from shop to shop or the office.
Image of Ca de Vin
Follow the clink of wine glasses and the aroma of Italian cuisine to Ca de Vin, tucked away in Postal Lane next to Melbourne's historic GPO building.
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Feel right at home at MOO with its warm and mellow lounge-room decor, leather chesterfields, antiques, moody lighting and wine-cellar ambience.
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Elevated off the street, the smallish Hell’s Kitchen is neatly hidden well enough to be off the beaten track. Serving as a cafe and lunchery during the day, the beer flows at night.
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Housed under the leafy arches of New Guernica's entrance, Chuckle Park is a charming cosy outdoor space with a big heart and an even bigger soul. Think canned beverages served in stubby holders and fancy plastic glasses.
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Melbourne's own slice of Asia stretches along Little Bourke Street, all the way from Spring Street down to Swanston Street, spilling into the laneways in between.


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