One of the things most of us take for granted living in Melbourne’s inner city are our range of fabulous laneways and arcades dotted throughout the CBD. But have you really toured them in detail and uncovered all their hidden coffee, shopping and fine food secrets?
Laneways are truly Melbourne CBD’s hidden treasure and weave a constant maze throughout the city. In fact, there are actually over 180 arcades, laneways and small streets spread out across the CBD. They offer a delightful way to navigate your way around, without having to venture on to the busy, traffic heavy streets.
Best of all though, Melbourne’s laneways offer an abundance of world class al fresco eateries, unique shops, boutique coffee houses. With a bit of trial and error and exploration, you can find truly world class coffee and café style food. Everything from boutique coffee roasters, to Italian cuisine to boutique clothing and shoe shops. Plus, to top it all off, there’s ornate and beautiful architecture to look at on the way. Win, win really!
Other charming aspects of Melbourne’s CBD include the historic arcades, which all offer their own individual charm and character. Take Block Arcade, for example. Built between 1891 and 1893, This heritage shopping arcade experience is a centrepiece of Melbourne. Its Italian interior offers a visual feast and you can even take in a cup of tea at one of Melbourne’s most famous tea houses.
Of course, this is just one example of what’s on offer. To view a more detailed list of arcades and laneways, take a look at http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=9408.
So instead of sticking to your old favourites this weekend, why not sticky beak around Melbourne’s hidden CBD gems. You’re sure not to be disappointed.