Know your laneways: Hardware Lane

Each of Melbourne’s laneways has a distinct look, vibe and stories to tell. Hardware Lane is no exception.

Located parallel with Elizabeth and Queen streets, you’ll find Hardware Lane running south between Bourke and Little Bourke streets, and north between Little Bourke and Lonsdale streets.

You certainly wouldn’t know it to look today but the length of Hardware Lane was once the epicentre of Melbourne’s bloodstock industry (the breeding and training of racehorses), and was originally named Kirk’s Lane in honour of James Bowie Kirk, who started the city’s first horse bazaar in the 1840s. Renamed Hardware Lane in the 1920s, it’s now a slice of Euro-chic in the heart of Melbourne.

Today’s residents include Amigos, Ciao Pizza Napoli, G N Designer JewellersCharlie’s Bar, Campari House, Vons and Oscar Hunt among many others.

What’s your go-to place in Hardware Lane?

Hardware Lane