Degraves street: a taste of the real Melbourne

The wonderful city of Melbourne has the glowing reputation of being home to some of the country’s friendliest residents, and in the very heart of the city lies the famous Degraves Street. An alley so quaint, welcoming and packed to the brim with cafe’s and restaurants of all kinds, it has become one of the most popular destinations for a meal in the entire city.

Though the whole surrounding area is full of alleyways with cafés, restaurants and shops, none of the others live up to Degrave’s towering reputation. Running between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, Degraves is a bustling street full of people from around the world who all flock here in search of the ambience and friendly Degraves statmosphere that it is so well-known for. Since it’s located in central Melbourne, Degraves is surrounded by several of the city’s main tourist attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral only minutes away, which makes it the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat between activities.

Degraves Street offers the cuisine of many different countries across the globe, from the creamy tomato-filled pizza and pasta of Italy to the light, buttery loaves of bread at the French bakeries, this street is a goldmine for foreign cuisine. Adding the incredible food to the lovely vibe and the multitude of foreigners, it’s no surprise that Degraves Street is often compared to the beautiful streets of Southern Europe.

The already great appeal of this alley is increased even further by the street performers that are there to entertain you throughout the day. Home to the city’s rising musical and artistic talents, buskers and graffiti artists can often be found displaying their creativity along this cobbled bluestone street, adding a vibrancy to the small, busy alleyway. The street comes alive at night as the lights illuminate the alley and the bars fill up with the cheerful chatter of people enjoying the refreshing evening air.

One huge bonus of this street is how accessible it is from Flinders Street Station since it’s right across the road, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while you wait for your train to arrive. With the beautiful, old buildings that line the street and the welcoming atmosphere, this little alleyway exudes a charm that draws people in from around the world for a taste of the real Melbourne.

Visit the Degraves St on our Melbourne City Tour.