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Liverpool Street was originally known as Juliet Terrace, with neighbouring Crossley Street getting the moniker Romeo Lane, thanks to their proximity to the old Shakespeare Hotel – one of Melbourne's first watering holes. But with one foot in Chinatown and the other in Melbourne's humming theatre district, Liverpool Street feels more like old Shanghai than mother England.
Sip on signature cocktails and soak up the opium-den atmosphere of New Gold Mountain, an upstairs bar inspired by Melbourne's gold rush-era Chinatown. Alternatively, head downstairs for an after work brew amid the Chinese propaganda posters at Double Happiness. Keep wandering and take your pick of everything from sake and soba, modern Chinese dining, or South East Asian snacks and shared plates. On the hunt for gifts? Hit up Melbournalia, for bespoke souvenirs and cute city-centric designs, or pop into Classic Comics for um, well… comics.