Just when you think you've got Melbourne figured out, you'll uncover one more pocket of the CBD with a particular vibe that makes it feel so right to lose another three hours or so.
While fairly compact in size, Melbourne's CBD is split into distinct areas, each with its own fortes and flavours. Bourke Street Mall offers no-strings-attached retail therapy, Chinatown is all dumplings and heritage, Collins Street knows how posh you really are, Flinders quarter squeezes your creative juices, and the sports precinct's fever is contagious. The alleys and laneways, conventional and vertical, make their own rules, and encourage you to break them.
Go on, just look around one more corner.
There's always an exhilarating thrill to be had in Melbourne's hive of bustling, creative laneways with their boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars.