Want to dine like a local? Turn off the main streets and into Melbourne's laneways. In unassuming spaces, tucked away upstairs, downstairs, and behind unmarked doors and bustling queues, you'll find some of Melbourne's favourite eateries. Explore the city's labyrinth and you'll discover high-end dining, late night bites, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and plenty of bars and cafes in between.
From Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane is a perfect place to start. Home to its own culinary heroes – Chin Chin, Supernormal, Cumulus Inc. and Coda – its arteries offer even more. Try high-end Indian inspiration at Tonka in Duckboard Place, pan-Asian flavours with punch at Lucy Liu in Oliver Lane, Peruvian that rocks at ACDC Lane's Pastuso and Frank Comorra's famous tapas at Hosier Lane's Movida.
From Bourke Street
Off Bourke Street, laneways Meyers Place, Crossley Street, Market Lane, Corrs Lane and Russell Place serve up nonna-made pasta, mama-made dumplings and a world of fine dining delights.
Pellegrini's is a time-honoured dining signpost for Crossley Street, where Becco and Gingerboy get fancy. In Market Lane, HuTong Dumpling House has xiao long bao worth queueing for – book well ahead. In Meyers Place, San Telmo will melt the heart of meat lovers.
Trawl Chinatown's Little Bourke Street and its laneways for seemingly endless choices. Celestial Avenue's stalwart Supper Inn has been keeping night owls in noodle supply for decades.
But don't stop here. There are hidden treasures in tiny laneways across the city. Just turn the corner and explore.