Melbourne CBD boats a network of historic laneways and arcades, offering designer clothes boutiques, al fresco cafes, funky coffee shops, hip clubs and bars, galleries and book stores, just waiting to be discovered. Don't miss Block Place, Degraves Street, Cathedral Arcade, Crossley Street, Royal Arcade, Presgrove Place, Melbourne Central, the QV Building, the GPO precinct and Centre Place. If you're bringing the family, check out our family-friendly hotels with apartments for more than four people.
While shopping, eating and drinking your way through Melbourne CBD's arcades and laneways, be sure to look up and around and appreciate the beautiful ceiling frescos and stained glass windows of the arcades, and the striking 19th century architecture of the laneways.
Apart from being renowned as Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne is often referred to as the country's fashion capital, as many designers who have obtained international critical acclaim, have boutiques in Melbourne. Visit Little Collins Street and be amazed at the boutiques of fashion greats such as Scanlan and Theodore, Roy Christou, Bettina Liano and Morrissey. Or check out Bourke Street and visit the boutiques of Zimmerman and Akira Isogawa. You will also find Alannah Hill's store on Howey Place, Saba on Collins Street, and Collette Dinningan on Chapel Street.
Melbourne's thriving arts scene flourishes in over 100 galleries around the city. Highlights includes: The extensive international collection at the NGV International on St Kilda Road, Southbank; displays of the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art in Australia at the NGV's Ian Potter Centre at Flinders Square; The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art on Sturt Street, Southbank; and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square.
Art also flourishes in public spaces around Melbourne city centre. Wander through the laneways around Hosier Lane and Centre Place and discover lightboxes containing works by international and local artists, check out the Yarra River Gallery along the Birrarung Murr precinct and stroll the Campbell Arcade, on Degraves Street, and view the constantly changing displays in the exhibition case. Our Melbourne CBD accommodation is perfect if you are travelling on business or enjoy the nightlife and want save money on taxis. For more accommodation options near the CBD, browse our Melbourne Docklands accommodation, Williamstown accommodation and East Melbourne accommodation and check out our flights to Melbourne too.
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