Shopping followed by sustenance is a tradition to be respected and undertaken whilst exploring Melbourne’s laneways. Start your journey in one of these special city spots. Manchester Lane (F6) is home to the Design A Space Retail Gallery showcasing 70 independent Australian designers, plus Claude Maus, Plane, The Sure Store and Zoologie. Refuel at Maccaroni Trattoria which offers home-style Italian fare, complete with gingham style table cloths. Stop by at Shebeen, a social enterprise bar, and make the world a better place one drink at a time. Equitable Place (E6) really does have something for everyone in the food stakes, with standouts including Cafenatics, 11 Inch Pizza and Fugazza.
On The Causeway (F5), taste the delights from French-style patisserie Laurent. Choose from fresh sushi and sashimi at the Sushi Monger, where the lunch time queue curls out the door and onto the street and make sure you try some home cooking at hole-in-thee-wall café Local Birds.
Wander down Russell Place (G5) for a great mix of retail, dining and bars. With fashion standouts 123 Shoes and Pieces of Eight complimented by the eclectic Bar Ampere and breakfast to dinner dining haven, Neapoli. Topped off with the Gin Palace and Sarti Restaurant, this unassuming laneway is sure to delight.
Howey Place (F5) is a dedicated fashion laneway, featuring labels such as Oroton, Bisonte and Melko, while Scott Alley (G6) caters to hip young things with Lady Petrova, Life with Bird, Ava & Red and White Moss Florist. Jane Bell Lane (F3) is synonymous with ‘street’ and ‘art’. Deck yourself out in Villain’s street art-inspired streetwear, and check out their range of books and toys. No Vacancy Gallery has a preference for exhibiting the work of Melbourne-based street artists.
Literature Lane (E2) is a lasting legacy of the National Year of Reading. It’s also home to Wonderbao, who serves delicious buns.