Travel Itinerary for Couples

Also see our Melbourne itineraries for solos and families as they have lots of cool ideas for sightseeing and inner-city adventures.

Find the Real Melbourne Off the Beaten Track

With its labyrinth of lanes and alleyways lined with galleries and vintage shops, tiny cafes and rockin’ little bars, Melbourne CBD is excitingly romantic.

For it’s here, off the beaten track, that you’ll discover the real culture of Melbourne in all its left-field charm and European ambience.

And what better way to discover the treasures of Melbourne’s backstreets than to explore them on foot and hand in hand with your lover?

Use a map if you like, but half the fun is losing yourselves and stumbling upon places by accident. Don’t worry – you won’t be lost for long as the main drags are never far away!

Get started

From the front door of Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne, head down to 282 Collins Street, home to the most fabulous laneway of them all…

  • The Heritage-listed Block Arcade
    It looks and feels like an art house film set. This is where magnificent 1890s architecture meets teddy bears and teashops, lingerie boutiques and designer apparel, impossibly stylish cafes and irresistible giftware. Yum!

Next head over to nearby…

  • Flinders Lane
    Famous for its Soho vibe and heritage-listed building, Flinders Lane is packed with trendy cafes and bars. It connects with a number of laneways, including ACDC Lane (named for the band, of course), Manchester Lane and Centreway.
  • Desgraves Street
    The epicentre of café society in the CBD. Keep an eye out for the café that’s eschewed IKEA in favour of seats recycled from an old cinema and courthouse. It’s a local favourite and serves the best coffee.
  • Royal Arcade
    Home to several of Melbourne’s most revered and famous shops, this gorgeous high temple to the fine art of retailing was built in 1869 and is a must-see!
  • Hosier Lane
    A celebrated street gallery of world-class standard, the graffiti art in this bluestone-cobbled laneway will make your eyes pop. Taking in the visual feast is thirsty work, so luckily there are some way cool cocktail bars here too! Find it off Flinders Street, opposite the atrium entrance to Federation Square.

Also see:

  • Centre Place – teeny weensy cafes & hip street art
  • Hardware Lane – café society al fresco & fashion specialty shops
  • The hidden lanes either side of Chinatown in the CBD