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Unforgettable Laneways of Melbourne

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published January 21st 2013
Explore Melbourne through its Laneways
Hidden within the swanky and sprawling urban facade of Melbourne city are the numerous lanes and by-lanes which hold the key to this city's quaint and mystic culture. Right from food to music to cafes, restaurants and popular graffiti can be found in some of these lanes which are reminiscence of the heritage of Melbourne city. Not in any particular order some of the must visit lanes are:

ACDC Lane
ACDC Lane
Canley / Wikimedia Commons

This lane earned its name from the famous music rock band called AC/DC which went on to become a rage and harbinger of popular music culture in Melbourne. Situated between Flinders lane and Flinders St. this is a narrow stretch where you can step in to enjoy a wonderful evening at a nightclub called Cherry Bar and its rock and roll music.

Hardware Lane
Hardware Lane
Hardware Lane
Rhys McCaig / Wikimedia Commons

This lane is a food lover's paradise and is often found bustling with life on weekdays. Tucked between the Lonsdale St and Bourke St, this lane runs parallel to the Queen St. and is an awesome destination to taste some great cuisines like Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian. Because of its fabulous location this lane stays busy during lunch hours on weekdays and is closed for traffic between 11am to 11pm.

Degraves Street
Degraves Street
Degraves Street
Biatch / Wikimedia Commons

This lane is also unofficially known as the coffee lane of Melbourne because of the abundance of coffee shops here. Once you step inside this lane you are bound to get griped by its effervescence with lively chit-chats, wandering tourists and nose tickling smell emanating from restaurants and freshly ground coffee. Tucked between Flinders St and Flinders Lane this stretch is also flanked by tall buildings on either side which add some more style to its existing charm.

Centre Place
Centre Place
Centre Place
Vincent Quach / Wikimedia Commons

This starts from one end of Degraves Street and is perhaps one of the smallest lanes in the CBD. It is packed with bars, coffee shops and small eateries which add to its cosiness, vibrancy and enthusiasm quotient. Another feature which makes this lane a pit stop for art lovers is the vivid spread of graffiti and street art on the walls on both sides of this lane.

Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane
Biatch / Wikimedia Commons

This lane is the quintessence stretch for art, craft and bohemian spirit. It houses some of the best stores for jewellery, clothes, cocktails, restaurants and of course the coffee shops. Stretching from Spring St at one end to the Spencer St at the other, this lane blends the ageless beauty of Melbourne city with contemporary flavour in a very comforting and delightful manner.
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Why? To experience Melbourne's lane culture
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Depends on what you choose to do
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