Episode 29: Laneways and arcades
There really is something special about the little laneways and arcades of Melbourne, which is exactly why host Rebecca Judd rounded up the rest of the team to get out and take a look for themselves. From the beautiful stores within Kings Arcade in Armadale right through to the best places for a laneway lunch in the CBD, where to see some of our most stunning street art or enjoy fabulous high tea in one of Melbourne's most iconic arcades of Collins Street. Glen, Shane and Brodie all enjoyed a quirky day out.
Royal Arcade and the Block Arcade
Acting as a hub between Melbourne's busy Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street since 1870, The Royal Arcade captures the city's elegant Victorian past. You could spend hours trawling through all the hidden treasures at each of the stores, but when it's time for a sweet fix it's hard to go passed The Little Royal. Along with a delectable range of macaroons, they specialise in spectacular cakes for all occasions.
The Block Arcade connects Elizabeth and Collins Streets in an L shaped design that was produced to resemble the Galleria Vittoria in Milan. It's a pleasure to browse the arcade’s shops that range from luxury boutiques to treasure troves.
The Block Arcade
282 Collins Street, Melbourne
335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
If you're looking for a great place to eat at for lunch then wander down one of Melbourne's many laneways and you'll find all sorts of treasures. In Goldsbrough Lane there's a great line up of lunch spots, but one that stands out from the pack is Roll'd, where you'll find fantastic Vietnamese Street Food, all made fresh daily.
Over at Flinders Lane, Nama Nama is a bright new Japanese café that has been packed since the day it opened. The menu is simple, making the most of handmade udon noodles that are prepared fresh daily and served with a variety of accompaniments.
Tucked away in Russell Place, Neapoli offers a bar that pays homage to Pelligrinis. It's part wine bar, part café and part secret boys club. Up the stairs there's a nicely hidden American oak lined mezzanine floor that would be the perfect place for a long, lavish lunch.
Finally, Earl Canteen, accessed from Little Bourke Street, is the place where you'll find humble sandwiches are the hero and the fillings read like a fine dining menu.
Goldsbrough Lane, 181 Williams Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9600 1088
31 Spring Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9639 9500
30 Russell Place, Melbourne
Ph 03 9650 5020
500 Bourke Street, Melbourne (enter via Little Bourke)
Ph 03 9600 1995
Apartment 401, Street Art Tour and Touche Hombre
If you're passionate about art and want to spend a creative day in the city, why not take a street art tour with Melbourne Street Tours. Hosier Lane opposite Federation Square offers a taste of both unsanctioned and sponsored street art that includes everything from traditional graffiti to sticker art, sculpture and stencil graffiti.
For somewhere to stop over and eat Touche hombre is a Los Angeles inspired taco bar featuring Latino street art, DJ's, tables made of recycled timber from the former Princes Pier and of course some of the best Mexican food you'll find anywhere.
If you'd like to stay in town then Apartment 401 sits smack bang amongst all the action of the CBD and is the perfect home away from home for those looking to get a sense of inner city living.
Melbourne Street Art Tours
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9628 5556
233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9663 0811
258 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 9428 8104
Kings Arcade – Charlotte Coote, Lauriston Press, Mandalay Designs, Euro Lounge Patisserie
Thirteen shops make up the ground floor of the heritage listed Kings Arcade, built in 1893. From yesteryear to now, one of the new faces of the Arcade is Charlotte Coote, offering advice on everything from the finest of Irish linens to lighting, textiles, home wares and furniture. Lauriston Press is a gallery and studio where Sarah Gabriel sells her beautiful gift cards alongside her works of art which are inspired by her rural Kyneton property. At Mandalay Designs artist Emma Strauss designs textiles inspired by the romance of the tropics, pool side parties and relaxed, easy living works in house. For food, The Euro Lounge Patisserie is the place to go, where country style pies, fresh sandwiches and delightful cakes and slices are all to be enjoyed.
974 – 978 High Street, Armadale
Ph 0423 866 961
Ph 03 9041 4755 or 0423 630 783
Ph 03 9509 0385
Euro Lounge Patisserie
Ph 03 9509 5166
On the Boot
Support kids with cancer on September 18 when families can have a kick with their favourite footy stars at 'On the Boot.'
Where: Glenferrie Oval
When: September 18
The Royal Melbourne Show
Springtime in Melbourne is 'show time', so make sure you are part of the fun of this year's eleven day Royal Melbourne Show.
Where: Melbourne Show Grounds, Ascot Vale
When: 22 September – 2nd October
Napoleon: Revolution to Empire Illuminated at the National Gallery of Victoria
And if you haven't already experienced the Napoleon 'Revolution to Empire' exhibition, now is the time head down to the National Gallery of Victoria as the exhibition ends on October 7.
Where: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: Until October 7