Top 9 Hidden Secrets in Melbourne

Top 9 Hidden Secrets in Melbourne

Melbourne is such a beautiful city. Around ever corner is a hidden laneway, sparkling cocktail bar or stylish shopping strip. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you a blog post, Hidden Secrets in Melbourne – dedicated to some of the city’s best kept secrets and must-see destinations.

Take time out to explore them all, I promise you won’t regret it!


Top 9 Hidden Secrets in Melbourne


Top 9 Hidden Secrets in Melbourne


Chuckle Park

Give me pretty lights, a caravan bar and cocktail jugs in a trendy laneway, and this chic establishment in the heart of Melbourne shoots straight to the top of my hidden gems list.

Chuckle Park Bar and Cafe is in their words, a gorgeous outdoor space with a big heart and an even bigger soul tucked down a laneway off Little Collins Street. This bar makes for the ultimate Sunday evening session with the girls!

Find it here > 322 Little Collins Street, Melbourne


Hosier Lane

Possibly the city’s most famous bluestone laneway on the urban art scene and home to one of our favourite eateries in Melbourne, Movida (one of the best Spanish tapas bars in Australia). With graffiti art walls, walking down Hosier Lane is like being transported out of the concrete jungle and into a cultural wonderland.

Find it on the southern edge of the central city grid, running between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane (not far from St Paul’s Cathedral).


Hosier Lane - Melbourne

Beyonce street art by Lushsux in Collingwood

Kangaroo Street Art - Melbourne

Easeys - Train Carriage Rooftop Burger Joint - Melbourne


Easey’s Burger Bar

Want to eat burgers in a seriously cool burger joint in a converted train on a Melbourne rooftop? Than look no further!

With retro decor, plus a graffitied lounge bar and cafe area, Easey’s is the place to visit on the inside and out. Situated in the hipster suburb of Collingwood, you’ll find the train carriages surrounded by some of Melbourne’s best street art (which changes every week). Art installations have included Beyonce and a skeletal kangaroo.

Find it here > 3/48 Easey Street, Collingwood


Industry Beans

This is one of the coolest little coffee spots you’ll find in Melbourne. Located in the heart of one of our funkiest suburbs, Fitzroy, the Industry Beans team roast and brew specialty coffee in their industrial-chic converted warehouse.

They also have an open kitchen, serving up a seriously delicious progressive brunch menu.

Find it here > 3/62 Rose Street, Fitzroy


Industry Beans

Melbourne's GPO Building - Architecture


Melbourne’s GPO Architecture

Melbourne’s GPO is a former post office situated on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets and you could say it’s the official centre of the city. A landmark that has seen many reinventions of itself, it has maintained it’s periodical architecture of it’s (nearly) 160 year history.

Inside and out, the combination of the crisp whiteness, and the original Victorian-era features, make it a visual feast for the eyes.

Find it here > 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Eastland Beauty Garden

Eastland is a recently renovated, buzzing shopping centre, located in the eastern suburb of Ringwood. It’s now home to a magnificent ceiling installation called the Beauty Garden, which features over 150,000 preserved flowers.

The floral masterpiece was created by London-based designer, Rebecca Louise Law, who is known worldwide for her incredible artworks, made with natural materials, namely flora.

Find it here > 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood


Eastland Beauty Garden

Melbourne Night Markets


Melbourne Night Market

Held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year at Queen Vic Markets, the Night Market is THE place to experience true Melbourne culture through eats, drinks, music, design and a hint of lane way style.

The Market features an array of Melbourne’s finest artisans and food vendors as well as some of Melbourne’s most talented and intriguing artists and entertainers.

Find it here > Queen St, Melbourne


View from Shrine of Remembrance

Most people in Melbourne know about the beautiful building that is the Shrine of Remembrance. Located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, the Shrine was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war.

What most people don’t know about is the amazing view of the city you capture when you climb the stairs of the Shrine. Magnificent views which extend from the Eureka Tower over to the MCG, including the 31-storey building which portrays the face of indigenous leader William Barak (with the face sculpted in light and shade using the building’s white concrete balconies).

Find it here > Birdwood Ave, Melbourne


Holey Moley

Ever wanted to drink cocktails, listen to epic beats and play a round of mini-golf all at the same time? Then Holey Moley is for you!

Having only burst onto the scene this year as Melbourne’s only mini-golf and cocktail bar, Holey Moley is set to be the next big hot spot for fun girl’s nights, birthdays, hens nights and random competitions between besties who want bragging rights.

Find it here > 590 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne


View from Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance

View from the Shrine of Remembrance - Melbourne

Holey Moley - Melbourne Bar

Holey Moley - Melbourne Bar

I hope you have heaps of fun discovering and exploring all my top spots!

Be sure to sing out in the comments below if you do stop by, or if you have some other hidden suggestions of your own?



Hidden Secrets in Melbourne









Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.

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