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Just across Flinders Lane from Centre Place, bustling Degraves Street (yes, we know it's actually a street) was one of the first Melbourne 'laneways' to make such a ruckus. Join the happy throng, which includes students and shoppers, tourists and lunchtime workers, on this pedestrian walkway linking the city's fashion precinct with Flinders Street Station.

Take your friends from out-of-town to Degraves Espresso, a quintessentially Melbourne cafe experience. Despite the Parisian vibe cast by the cafe umbrellas in the shadow of the impressive Majorca House, the dining on Degraves veers towards the Italian, with Il Tempo and Andiamo leading the charge. For the sugar fiends, there's Little Cupcakes and Waffle On.

Sharpen up with a short course at the Centre for Adult Education campus, stocking up on artisan notebooks at Il Papiro and canvassing the goods at Senior Art Supplies. Traverse the cobblestones with new kicks from Sole Devotion, adorn the earlobes with quirky wares from Sine Qua Non and celebrate all things Victorian at Clementine's.

Descend the stairs to subterranean Campbell Arcade for more culinary and creative adventures.

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