Exploring our neighborhood with friends from out of town is a fantastic way to remind ourselves just how lucky we are.

Sonia Jones Travel

There is nothing better than being shown around a place by a local – the best places to eat, to shop, to get a coffee, to find a hidden gem. And for somewhere like Melbourne, you could walk straight past many of these without some insider knowledge.

Fortunately for me, I have a dear friend who lives in the city and for whom Melbourne’s laneways are her backyard. To start in Degraves Street (stopping for a bagel and a coffee), popping onto Flinders Lane and cutting through to Collins Street, then past Haigh’s Chocolates, into the Block Arcade, calling in at boutique t-shirt or a jewellery store, into the Royal Arcade for a macaroon and then arriving on the steps of the old GPO – now the clothing Mecca of H&M – is all in a short stroll for this Melbournite.

Now, I have been to Melbourne several times before…

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  1. I fricking love those laneways and that city. Good times!

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