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Idle the afternoon away by the bluestone cobbles at a Degraves Street or Centre Place cafe and become part of a Melbourne postcard scene.

Colourful times in Centre Place

Centre Place might supply the stereotypical images of Melbourne's laneways, but even chockablock with happy snappers the laneway-of-all-laneways satisfies and surprises.

Changing stencil art and graffiti provide a sensory overload best dealt with by squeezing into Jungle Juice for an international coffee. Soups and crepes will tempt, as will the dumplings at ShanDong MaMa Mini, but you might want to save room for the delights on offer at Degraves Street, just across Flinders Lane.

Dining on Degraves

Take your friends from out-of-town to Degraves Espresso, a quintessentially Melbourne cafe experience. Despite the Parisian vibe cast by the cafe umbrellas in the shadow of the impressive Majorca House, the dining on Degraves veers towards the Italian, with Il Tempo and Andiamo feeding many. Savour the sugar at Little Cupcakes, and Euro treats at Waffle On.

Getting arty and smarty

An air of creativity blows up from the Degraves Street Subway (Campbell Arcade) home to the Platform Artist Group's underground displays and Australia's zine HQ, Sticky. Get your smarts with a short course at the Centre for Adult Education campus, stocking up on artisan notebooks at Il Papiro and canvassing the goods at Senior Art Supplies.

Laneway shopping

Traverse the cobblestones with new kicks from Sole Devotion on Degraves, and adorn the earlobes with quirky wares from Sine Qua Non. Celebrate all things Victorian and stock up on local gourmet fare and wares at Clementine's.

Go underground for local designs and jewellery from Corky Saint Clair and The Cats Meow, vintage threads at Subject to Change and big beats at Wax Museum Records.

Back on Centre Place browse threads and accessories, local and imported, new and vintage at Fokus and Kinki Gerlinki. Finally, clamber up the narrow stairs to Hell's Kitchen and survey the frenzy below over an icy cold beer.

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Centre Place & Degraves Street

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Il Papiro

Distinguish your sentiments with traditional handmade stationery and paper, wax seals and stamps.

Subject To Change

Vintage knick-knacks will draw you in and stylish threads will send you off more kempt than ever.

Jungle Juice

Squeezing into Jungle Juice is worth it for a bagel, a fancy coffee, and of course, a fresh juice.

Clementine's

Battle your way through the crowds of art students and hipsters to this little goldmine on Degraves.

Platform Artists Group

The pink tiled interior of the Degraves Street Subway and the glass display cases outside the...

Degraves Espresso Bar

Never tire of the prototypical 'Melbourne cafe', with its laneway charm and uncompromising coffee.

Sticky

Get stuck into zines at Australia's undisputed headquarters for lovingly photocopied publications.

Little Cupcakes

Make tracks to the diminutive Little Cupcakes Degraves Street doorway for a huge range of cupcakes.

Campbell Arcade

Slip beneath Degraves Street and discover an unlikely subterranean world of art, design and fashion.

The Cats Meow

Feel like the cat's pyajamas in locally made, totally original designer fashion and accessories.

Cup of Truth

Go underground for barista-brewed coffee so smooth you won't want to get it at street level again.

Waffle On

Emerge from the Degraves Street subway to the aroma of fresh waffles being cooked up at Waffle On.

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