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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published March 6th 2012
Degraves Laneway


Melbourne laneways are renowned. Saunter down Little Collins Street to find Degraves Street, or head through one of the arcades from Collins Street and find all the magical food places that exist there.

There's the never to be forgotten soup stop. In winter, this is not only brilliantly priced, but superb to consume when overloaded with work back at the office.



The Cafes are set in what appears to be busy, bustling small shops. Some in fact are quite spacious, others have tiny stools positioned on the laneway kerbside with patrons deep in discussion, food or coffee consumption.

Centro Expresso Cafe make fantastic sandwiches, foccacias, wraps and rolls as well as coffee. Other cafes are filled with sucullent foods and people. Foccacias, coffee, breads and pastas.

The great organic cafe has salads and sandwiches that are of such eco cred that you feel bad not consuming there every day in case the planet is doomed.

Organic cred.


There is the Little Cupcakes Shop with all the colourful cupcakes that tourists adore and one regular customer explained to me. She pointed out the cupcakes with teddy bears and which ones she thought were more special than the others. Its quite an adventure to venture into the cupcake store. It creates memories of childhood tea parties and giggling girls.

Little Cupcakes


There are more cafes and many people all eating, chatting and partaking in the laneway food culture that makes this little spot life filled on the darkest day and bustling on others.

Cafe patrons



If they havent managed to have you fed by the time you reach the stairway that runs under Flinders St to the train station, you may well be tempted by the divine Belgian Waffle spot.

The Belgian Waffle Man
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Why? Degraves St is a wonderful laneway of food and life
When: Daily
Where: Degraves Street, Melbourne
Cost: Varies
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