What’s new in Melbourne’s laneways

Got an interstate mate to impress? Here are the latest bars and restaurants lurking around the corner.

Laneway legend reborn in Crossley Street

A pioneer of Melbourne’s laneway bar scene, Meyers Place was sadly farewelled in 2017 when the landlord said last drinks. The legend is back, now about 200 metres from its original location and looking much like it did before – albeit even narrower! Most of the distinctive fit-out was salvaged, including that massive concrete bar. Cheers!

Laneway fave branches out to Katherine Place

After a decade as one of Hardware Street’s most popular cafes, The Hardware Societe has opened another, larger venue. So now you have a much better chance of getting a table, from breakfast through lunch. This big sister venue is also open through to dinner on Fridays, but there’s always nice drinkies on offer. Go on, get a Bellini with those weekend brunch baked eggs!

Super soup off Bourke Street

Chinese hot pot’s perfect on cold days, especially at Mrs Zan’s Kitchen where you can get it just how you like it. There are shelves stuffed with yummy ingredients, including meat, tofu and lots of fresh veggies. Pick what you want at $2.99 per 100 grams, choose your noodles and level of spice, and start slurping!

Yes please to Japanese on Degraves Street

Melbourne just can’t get enough Japanese food, especially when it’s the really good kind you’ll find at Yuzu At Degraves. They’re big on snacks: traditional ones like gyoza, chicken karaage and edamame, as well as new treats such as nori seaweed fries. In other words, even more reasons to love Degraves Street.

YIRRAMBOI Festival’s laneway events

Melbourne’s biennial celebration of First Nations arts and culture is heading into the laneways on Saturday 4 May. Wander down Royal Lane as members of the Aboriginal Youth Art Collective present their new series of paste-ups. After Laneway for a Day’s live street-art experience, check out the Freshies Block Party in Hosier Lane. Designer Jaeden Williams is putting on a fashion parade showcasing his Freshies label, with First Nations models strutting the streetwise catwalk. It’s not just a fashion show though, with DJ Sky Thomas on the decks and live graffiti.

Time for tea in Midcity Centre

Bubble tea’s bubbling up all over the city, including at Heart Of Tea, a bright little shop with a Hong Kong vibe. Sip on a fruity concoction like watermelon and white tea, or traditional teas such as green and oolong, then succumb to dessert. Egg pancake options include Oreo, matcha and pink, or will the rose milk custard reel you in?

Treat yourself royally in Midcity Centre

You could easily miss this tiny stall hidden among Midcity Centre arcade’s cosmetic stores and dumpling joints. If it wasn’t for the scent that is, because Royal Custard Puff’s freshly baked little treats are serious nose bait. Made by a robot before your eyes, they also taste amazing, with a crisp exterior giving way to a fluffy, custard-filled centre.

Fine wine on Flinders Lane

City workers with a passion for wine have a new spot to savour. The newly opened Denton Wine Bar has emerged at the enviable address of 1 Flinders Lane, offering European vibes and an excellent wine menu. Sip by the glass for $10 a pop or indulge in a whole bottle with a mate or two. Pair your drinks with a simple but delicious menu of cheeses, seafood appetisers or larger meaty dishes and you’ve got yourself a new favourite city spot.

Socialise Singapore style on A’Beckett 

Catch the revolving autumn eateries at foodie hot spot HWKR while you can. Bag gourmet Mi Goreng at the Indomie pop-up, marvel at mountainous shaved ice desserts from Scoopy or opt for fresh Japanese style seafood from the Modern Eatery.

Ice cream, chips and plates of Asian food on table

Socialise Singapore style at HWKR

Korean cult snacks on Sutherland Street

Colour your lunch happy this summer with cult Korean snacks at Rainbow Toastie. The ultimate in instagrammable munchables, check out the sweet potato and pizza toasties and delight in the sky drink, soft strawberry daifuku, physics-defying raindrop cake and baked ice-cream.

A toasted sandwich being pulled apart, with rainbow coloured cheese stretched out between pieces of bread

Rainbow toastie – the ultimate in instagrammable munchables

Fulton Lane faves

At Melbourne’s newest foodie district on Fulton Lane (near Queen Vic market) you’ll find  Malaysian pan mee noodle soups at Jojo Little Kitchen, home style fried rice and congee at Plus Eight Five Two Café and bubble tea dream drinks at Oh My Brew. After a feast for a crowd? Grill beautifully marbled wagyu, short ribs and Lakes Entrance-caught prawns at Mansae Korean BBQ and pair with authentic fried rice cake, kimchi and soju for the table.

Bagels in Punch Lane

Swing by Bobby’s Coffee & Bagels and pick from the loaded spindles sitting pretty in the window. Go with a classic pastrami and pickle fill, try the house special, with ham, picalilli and gruyere, or opt for one of the vego avo options. Pair with your favourite Five Senses brew or a blackberry and thyme soda and sit in the sun.