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Discover Flinders Lane


One of the greatest things about Melbourne is discovering the many lane-ways in the city. Melbourne’s laneways are famous as the best places for a truly Melbourne experience. Flinders Lane is one of my favourites with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto backs onto Flinders Lane so it’s an easy start for your day when staying with us. One block away you can start your day at the Grain Store which is one of Melbourne’s best cafes. Their BLT is the best in the city. From there wander down Flinders Lane to Duke’s Coffee Rosters for an espresso. Melbourne takes its coffee very seriously and you will find Duke’s has one of the best coffees in town.

Now that you are fully caffeinated you’re ready to find some of Melbourne’s best hidden shopping secrets. For him try Lord Coconut, located on the 4th floor in an office building at 289 Flinders Lane.   This store offers up Melbourne made gentlemen’s accessories with an arty edge. For the ladies try e.g etal which features handmade jewellery created by artists from Australia and New Zealand.   Clementine’s on Degraves Street features all things Victorian with gifts and homemade foods from some of the area’s finest producers. For a bit of upmarket flash for the ladies try the accessories at Christine notable for its hard to find high fashion offerings as well as its red plaid entrance. Ladies will also love Green with Envy featuring a number of designers all in one shop. The buyer here has an excellent eye for beautiful fashion. Zomp shoes is another favourite with one of the best selection of ladies shoes in town. For the gentlemen try Incu for fashion and accessories. Lastly to pamper your body try the Aesop shop on Flinders Lane. The store is made completely out of cardboard, so not only can you buy Melbourne’s best locally manufactured skin care products but you can enjoy the ingenuity of the shop’s cardboard fit out.

If you love to create your own fashions, try Tessuti fabrics with one of Australia’s best selections.  For craft lovers try The Craft Victoria store which features many varieties of craft both in an exhibition space as well as a retail store.  Lastly is the treasure trove at the Nicholas building. Part artist’s studio, part retail space, this old and quirky building features everything from a poetry shop, button store, Goth shop, vintage fabrics shop and fashion stores. Start by entering at the Cathedral Arcade and take the tiny lifts up for a wander through this creative maze of intriguing shops. Your trip will be well worth it if you like the off the beaten path experience.

Make sure you take time to enjoy the ever changing street art located off Flinders Lane in a few smaller lane-ways. Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lanes, Degraves Street, Centre Place and Cocker Alley are all great spots to admire this art form.

Lastly a trip down Flinders Lane would not be complete without a stop at some of the best bars and restaurants in town.  A few of my favourite restaurants are Ezard, Supernormal, Lucy Liu and Coda.  For bars try EDV or Hihou both don’t have signs, so you either need to do your research or stay in a hotel with a Les Clefs d’Or concierge who will help you find them.  Best of all come stay with me and my team and I will ensure your Melbourne holiday is perfect!



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