Top 5 Melbourne laneways and arcades

Top 5 Melbourne laneways and arcades

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/18/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Melbourne is a city filled with iconic laneways and old arcades, making it worth your time to check it out.

Melbourne always has something to discover while you’re walking through the streets of the busy city. From cool laneways to historic arcades and of course the best coffee in the world, Melbourne is the city to visit.

Nothing beats walking down a laneway filled with street art or lined with cafes, and seeing the old arcades that have been around longer than our grandparents! Here is a list of five laneways and arcades to see in Melbourne.

Hosier Lane Melbourne

1. AC/DC Lane

Starting off strong, AC/DC Lane is an iconic laneway named after the band. The laneway has unique graffiti street art that changes throughout the year.

Not far from AC/DC Lane is Swanston Street, where AC/DC filmed their music video, It’s a Long Way to the Top.

2. Block Arcade

In the heart of Melbourne, the Block Arcade is one of the city’s historic shopping arcades. The arcade opened in 1892 filled with shops and cafes, making it one of Melbourne’s most popular attractions.

Without a doubt during your visit, ensure you check out the iconic Hopetoun Tearooms and have a slice of cake inside.

3. Degraves Street

Degraves Street in Melbourne

Struggling to find a place to eat or grab a coffee? Degraves Street will have you sorted with cafes and restaurants lined down the small street. There are also some dessert options here, so it really covers everything you need!

The street is just across the road from Flinders Street Station, making it super easy to find.

4. Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane is an iconic Melbourne laneway filled with colourful street art and a great place to snap a few photos. The artwork changes over time so it’s worth coming back here a few times to see what’s new.

Hosier Lane is right by Forum Theatre, where all artists worldwide perform at the iconic venue.

5. Royal Arcade

Royal Arcade Melbourne

Right near the Block Arcade is the Royal Arcade, Australia’s oldest and longest-standing arcade! Inside are all kinds of small boutiques selling clothing, jewellery, and so much more.

There are also places to sit down for a coffee and brunch and don’t forget to see Gog and Magog, two seven-foot tall statues. Gog and Magog have been around since 1892 and on the hour, they alert you of the time and play a chime.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.