St. Kilda: beachy
South Yarra: sophisticated
Inside Melbourne’s CBD and within these neighborhoods, you’ll find Melbourne’s best kept secrets. Here are a few of our favourites.
Where: On a laneway off Bourke Street
Why: It’s worth queuing for. This sidestreet restaurant serves up delicious sushi and Japanese food that draws a long queue at lunchtime. So secret, it doesn’t even have a website.
Where: Manchester Lane, near Flinders Street Station
Why: Chilli-spiked popcorn and watermelon cocktails. Do we need to say more?
Where: Inside the Nicholas Building on Swanston Street
Why: You have to hit a buzzer just to be let into this hidden basement boutique that sells trendy streetwear.
Where: ACDC Lane, one block from Town Hall
Why: Incredible Peruvian food like kingfish cevice and alpaca tartare
Why: Smokehouse cooked dishes including mesquite-smoked pork shoulder and pit-smoke beef brisket.
Where: St Kilda
Why: Quality live music mixed with tasty cocktails, all served steps from the famous St Kilda Pier.