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Blink and You'll Miss It

20 Feb 2019

Delve further into Melbourne’s laneways to uncover these hidden gems.

Il Papiro

5 Degraves Street, Melbourne

There’s something satisfying about new stationery and if you like the sound of luxe hand-crafted pieces, check out Il Papiro. It stocks everything from beautiful leather-bound journals to monogrammed wax seals, all created with the aim of preserving artisanal techniques.


201 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Sitting atop Chapter House, adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, is the concept store of this Melbourne label. Think monochromatic, exceptionally designed basics with unique details. Even if you’re not looking for a new clothing item, the interior of this place, with its arched ceilings and stain-glass windows,and will impress.


7 Waratah Place, Melbourne

Set in a Chinatown laneway, this sultry bar can be hard to find. Look for its unassuming stairwell. Inside, the dim lighting and expertly mixed cocktails create a relaxing setting, worlds away from the bustle outside.

Pizza Pizza Pizza

16 Meyers Place, Melbourne

This hole-in-the-wall takeaway place serves pizza by the slice or by the pie. Be bold and walk straight through its streetfacing kitchen, through the PVC curtains and you’ll find its secret bar and diner.


45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Bubbling away beneath Flinders Lane is this hive of creativity. It hosts a range of creative events, from exhibitions of up-and-coming artists to independent theatre productions. See what’s happening in its theatre and two gallery spaces next time you’re in town.


1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

If you love delicious Japanese eats as much as a delicately balanced sake, this is your spot. A range of Japanese whiskey and beer is also on offer. Press the buzzer, ascend the stairs and enjoy eating and drinking Japanese style with a view over Spring Street.