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Melbourne - Arcades and Laneways

Melbourne arcades
Tangerine motorbike in front of tangerine shop.

Central Melbourne is a warren of 19th-century arcades and cobbled bluestone laneways that feature amazing street art, basement restaurants, teeny tiny boutiques and bars. The lanes capture edgy chic and balance the 19th-century sophistication of the arcades, remainder of the Marvelous Melbourne days during the gold-rush boom years.

Follow the map at the end to check these out - I dare you to not buy anything! - I came back with some glass figures and a vintage Chanel brooch for mummy.
Melbourne arcades
This ice-cream shop seemed to be a club - loud music and the cool staff.
Melbourne arcades
Melbourne and its café culture.
Melbourne arcades
Do not miss Hell's Kitchen, the original hidden laneway bar, located upstairs so you can people-watch the crowd at Centre Place from its windows.
Melbourne arcades
Melbourne arcades
I have to say I loved the food options I saw. Straightforward dishes, nutritious and balanced. A healthy option with plenty of greens.
Melbourne arcades
Melbourne arcades
Built in 1891, Block Arcade was inspired on Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Not so grand but still a lovely walk through the past.
Melbourne arcades
There was a humongous queue of Asians waiting for high tea at Hopetoun's Tea Rooms [WEB]. I cannot help but be amazed of the love story between Asians and high tea. I mean really, what's the point of stuffing oneself with cakes between lunch and dinner?
Melbourne arcades
Melbourne arcades

With not a very impressive entrance, our last stop is Royal Arcade, built on Parisian style between 1869-1870. I was quite impressed by the giant brothers Gog and Magog, mythological figures used to decorate the watch which has been striking the hour since 1892.
Melbourne arcades
Melbourne arcades
With my new sweater I managed to face Melbourne's fall weather quite well. That happy face comes from buying those Kosta Boda figures I've loved since long ago with a 40% discount #winning.
Melbourne arcades
Here's the map! Perfect mini-tour for a chilly day, right after checking the main sites - Birrarung Marr, Federation Square, Flinders Station and the street art lanes.
melbourne arcades map

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