City of Melbourne

Melbourne's Laneway & Street Art Story 

The City of Melbourne was designed by Robert Hoddle in 1837 and in 180 years, Melbourne was named "The Most Liveable City in the World". His foresight in creating wide and elegant streets has allowed the overlay of a 21st Century modern city to emerge. The streets were designed in a 30-feet-wide grid pattern to allow horse-drawn vehicles and bullock carts to move through the city without obstructing each other. Today the wide streets allow the usage of bicycles, cars and trams with double lanes and plenty of parking, without losing the city's historical buildings or the original infrastructure. 

In the early 20th Century, laneways were associated with crime, and were avoided especially at night. It wasn't until the late 20th Century that the laneways were recognized for their historical significance. At the same time, street art was emerging, and laneways were being painted with what has become one of the city's major tourist attractions, its street art. The laneways soon became cool places to hang out and cafes, bars and other small enterprises started to spring up. 

Today, Melbourne's lanes and alleys are recognized for their heritage and artistic value, and the spaces in old warehouses, shops and pubs have been taken up by quirky bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. 

I personally loved Melbourne's myriad of laneways, alleys and arcades. Sometimes it is great to take an exciting adventure and get lost down the laneways as you may discover something interesting! 

For centuries, people have left their "mark" on walls, signs, trains, trees and today is no different. 

Melbourne is recognized for having some of the best street art in the world. The city boasts both local and international artists in the most unexpected places - down laneways, up stairwells, on rooftops, in pubs, down basement car parks and even through pedestrian underpasses. The quirky thing about street art is that today you may find it, but tomorrow it may be gone - painted over, vanished, or with a totally new work of art on display. Melbourne's crew of innovative artists are spraying, pasting, or stenciling on what they see as a blank canvas and many are being commissioned to decorate bare walls. 

Specialty Coffee

Australia is highly regarded as one of the best espresso style coffee countries in the world and Melbourne is quite literally coffee obsessed. The Melbourne coffee industry is getting more and more interesting every day, thus leading the way in many areas of coffee production. 

If you ever find yourself in Melbourne and in need of a quick coffee fix, look no further than this list of cafes below:
  • The Grain Store 
  • Brother Baba Budan 
  • Brother Thomas 
  • Manchester Press
  • Hammer and Tong 412 
  • Proud Mary 


Aah I've got to say that Melbourne's Bar and Pub culture is world class.There's always some excitement and surprises awaiting every night of the week. Even if you don't have a exact plan, just follow the laneway twists and turns to discover hidden jems, scale the stairs to the best rooftop views, or even heed the alluring call of the basement. I assure you that you will fall in love with this truly amazing city. There is plenty going on in Melbourne every night. You will be spoilt for choice with everything. Below is a list of bars and pubs that I particularly liked. A couple of them were recommended by the friendly receptionist at YHA Melbourne Central. It's not a long list, but here goes: 
  • e55
  • Cookie 
  • Section 8
  • Little Creatures 
  • Black Cat 
  • LuWow 

I stayed at Melbourne Central YHA and Melbourne Metro YHA. If you want to explore more of Melbourne city, Melbourne Central YHA is perfect as it is located in the heart of the city. The hostel is ideally located only minutes walk from Melbourne's main attractions including Yarra River, Federation Square, Southern Cross Station and hidden laneways.

PS: Watch this space as I will be updating you guys with more of my adventures in Melbourne. Also, check out the vlog that I filmed and edited with my iPhone below too! ;)

Follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @joyceroxanne for more updates! 

Fierce and Love,


  1. Your blog definitely had a new avid reader (waves hysterically). The photographs are stunning and I feel as though I learned a little about the beautiful city you've been exploring. I would love to visit Melbourne one day, cities that have a vibrant, forward-thinking community always appeal to me. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and I love it - it has such a rich culture and the architecture is historic but awe-inspiring.

    Kate x

  2. Hi Katie! Thank you so much! I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day! Your beauty blog is so amazing I love reading about skin care and make up reviews. I'm so clueless and indecisive when it comes to stuff like picking the right products for my face, be it skin care or make up.



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