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Turn off the Little Collins Street fashion strip between Swanston and Elizabeth streets to find Block Place, a pedestrian laneway crowded with hole-in-the-wall coffee shops and eateries. Originally the home of stamp dealers, shoe stores and dry cleaners, this popular cafe precinct now fills up with lunchtime workers and hungry shoppers.
Grab a table outside to make the most of alfresco dining or settle into one of the intimate spaces. Descend the stairs to peruse the racks or catch an in-store performance at Basement Discs, one of Melbourne's favourite record stores. Continue on down to Collins Street, taking in the deco interiors of Block Court, or turn left to discover the grand architecture, tearooms and bespoke boutiques of famous Block Arcade.