Tuck your Penguin Classic into your back pocket, scuff those shoes and adjust your specs: you're entering the home of Melbourne's creative elite and the stomping ground of the city's fashionistas. Drop in on the bars, design stores, writers' studios, galleries and boutique fashion outlets.

Be dazzled by the choice of local and international fashion between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, the heart of Melbourne's original 'rag trade'. Find something to challenge and delight around Flinders Lane and Cathedral Arcade, a haven for experimental design by young and emerging designers.

Catch the contagious creativity from Australia's highest concentration of commercial galleries. Find quirky products, contemporary sculpture and Indigenous art.

With an endless array of hole-in-the-wall cafes, bakeries, bars and restaurants, you'll easily find a place to recharge. Chow down at Chin Chin, go subterranean at Coda, people watch over coffee at Journal and dine in or up at Cumulus Inc. Loiter over Centre Place at Hell's Kitchen, and rock on at Cherry on AC/DC Lane.

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