Melbourne has some of the world’s best street art, with the city’s iconic laneways and backstreets filled with urban art spaces.
Don’t be surprised if you see works by famous street artists such as Banksy gracing Melbourne’s historic brick walls. In the CBD, there are no fewer than 15 Melbourne street art locations. Here are five of our favourite spots to experience Melbourne’s best street art.
Hosier Lane is at the epicentre of Melbourne’s street art scene and has every nook and cranny covered with stunning art works. You will find Hosier Lane opposite Federation Square, joining Flinders Lane with Flinders Street. Don’t forget to walk up the stairs to check out the galleries as well.
Situated in the centre of the CBD, in the heart of Melbourne’s main shopping district (just off the Bourke Street Mall), Union Lane has an ever-changing surface with new art popping up weekly or even daily in some instances.
This is one of my favourite street art locations, not only for the art but also the amazing cafes which serve some of the best coffee in Melbourne. After you have checked out the art, go for a caffeine hit at Cup of Truth, a hole-in-the-wall espresso bar in a subway underpass, or Degraves Espresso Bar for great coffee and panini.
ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place
Named after the iconic Australian rock band ACDC, who cruised down nearby Swanston Street on a flat bed truck while filming the video clip for It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll).
ACDC Lane is a place of pilgrimage for rock fans old and new. If you enjoy live music, don’t miss Cherry Bar, a cool rock ‘n roll club.
This somewhat gloomy laneway is best on bright days when you can really appreciate the brightly coloured wall murals hiding in the darkness. If the more popular laneways are busy, Finlay Lane is a good option for avoiding the crowds.
Disclosure: The writer doesn’t think a trip to Melbourne is complete without a wander through the laneways.