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Originally a little known back alley in the late 1800s, Howey Place got a new lease on life in 1896 when the developer of the Cole's Book Arcade – Edward William Cole – decided to cover the lane with its now signature glass and wrought iron canopy. Glass fronted boutiques opened up along the lane, boasting everything from books, toys and upmarket homewares to fashion and beauty salons.
These days, this popular shopping precinct is home to a wide range of fashion outlets and also serves as a rear entrance to the large Collins Two3Four shopping centre on Collins Street.
Take a break from shopping and turn down Presgrave Place to check out the curious street art and flying sculptures on display along the lane.