Step out of the typical tourist spots in Melbourne and venture to the city’s iconic laneways. Throughout central Melbourne lies an expansive network of vibrant laneways and arcades stretching from one corner of the street to another. Each has their own charm and ambiance, in addition to a wide variety of eateries, shops, bars and artworks. The Westin Melbourne sets you right in the midst of the city’s most vibrant laneways, each of them almost like a city in itself. Soak up the very culture that makes Melbourne the city that it is today.
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Graffiti artwork wraps around the buildings of Hosier Lane, providing a striking and memorable impression on visitors young and old. Whilst the street can get very busy with the constant stream of tourists, photographers, models and newlyweds, it is one of Melbourne’s top highlights. Marvel at some of the best work of the city’s young artists, before popping yourself down at one of the cozy bars or restaurants for a drink or a meal as you take in the views.
Perhaps the most famous of the Melbourne laneways is Centre Place. A favourite amongst tourists, this laneway is lined with numerous hole-in-the-wall cafes, street art and buskers. Often likened to a lane in a European city such as Rome or Florence, Centre Place is great place to head for local and international cuisine, fresh juices, wonderful coffee and a wide range of sweet and savoury crepes.
The always buzzing Degraves Street, or Degraves Lane as it’s known to the locals, offers another European-style laneway in the heart of Melbourne. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants or shop at the vintage boutiques for amazing finds. Home to many of Melbourne’s charming laneway bars and cafes, Degraves Street is the place to go for drinks or the city’s signature artisan coffee.
AC/DC is one of the biggest names in music history, and in 1976 they left a lasting impression upon the city. A day’s filming for the music video It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) along Swanston Street, turned into a lifelong relationship with the iconic band. AC/DC Lane is emblazoned with a street sign bearing the distinctive lightning bolt of the group, and Cherry Bar, holding the title of the most iconic Melbourne laneway bar, upholds the musical traditions with its regular live performances from notable rock and roll bands.
Despite what the name might suggest, Hardware Lane is a treasure trove for fantastic restaurants, bars, and live music. An international destination, Hardware Lane offers quality Mexican, Thai, Italian and Australian cuisine, in addition to a plethora of wine bars with extensive wine lists to please any wine connoisseur.
Vibrant by night, and aromatic by day, Tattersalls Lane is known in the city for its Shanghai style Chinese restaurants. The lane also hosts a Russian-style dumpling spot, an Indian restaurant as well as a hot dog joint. Indulge in an array of exciting flavours before venturing out to the nearby Chinatown on Little Bourke Street.