Know your laneway: Manchester Lane

One of Melbourne’s most popular thoroughfares, Manchester Lane, connects Flinders Lane to Collins Street – between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets – and is home to a small number of boutique stores and eateries.

This unassuming laneway gained its name from the fabric and softgoods warehouses that thrived there in the 1860s, along with a number of tailors and hatters. In recent years, the name Manchester Lane was synonymous with the jazz club of the same name, which closed in recent years, giving way to Shebeen – a not-for-profit café and bar that donates all proceeds to projects in the developing world.

The lane is also home to clothing stores such as Sure!, Zoologie and Design A Space, which promise to carry on Manchester Lane’s long tradition of fabric, textiles and design well into the future.

Watch our short video and meet some of the business owners that make Manchester Lane special.

Do you have a soft spot for Manchester Lane?

Manchester Lane