Want to dine like a local? Turn off the main streets and into Melbourne's laneways. You'll find some of Melbourne's favourite eateries in unassuming spaces – tucked away upstairs, downstairs, behind unmarked doors and signified by unexpectedly snaking queues. Explore the city to discover high-end dining, late-night bites, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and plenty of bars and cafes in between.
There are hidden treasures in tiny laneways across the city. Just turn the corner and explore.
Off 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 Pastuso in ACDC Lane and Frank Comorra's famous tapas at Movida, Hosier Lane.
Off Bourke Street
You'll find a world of dining delights along laneways leading off Bourke Street. Head along Meyers Place, Crossley Street, Chinatown's laneways, Market Lane, Corrs Lane and Russell Place to see what gems you can find. Look for rave-worthy dumplings at HuTong and refined Japanese fine dining at Shoya.