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Hardware Lane

Be spoiled for choice as you browse the restaurants and bars of this atmospheric dining district, hidden in a laneway in Melbourne’s CBD.

True to the city’s reputation for hiding its treasures down secret alleyways, one of Melbourne’s finest dining districts is tucked away in Hardware Lane. This inner-city laneway offers a pocket of excellent restaurants and bars along a pedestrianised strip. Get swept up in the atmosphere of this buzzing district and take your pick from a selection of international and contemporary restaurants while local buskers play live jazz.

While many of the restaurants in Hardware Lane are open for lunch, the laneway truly comes alive at night. Swinging lanterns and the orange flames of gas heaters illuminate the strip of sheltered outdoor dining areas and give the lane a warm ambiance. Walk up and down the lane, browsing the menus and specialties of each restaurant. From traditional Italian and French fare to contemporary pan-Asian dishes, Hardware Lane has a wide selection of dining options. Wait staff may offer you special deals on wines or starter dishes to help you with your decision.

The best seats in Hardware Lane are at the outdoor tables that spill into the laneway itself. After you have chosen a restaurant and taken a seat, you can experience the lane’s nighttime mood and people-watch. Sit back and enjoy intriguing dishes paired with local wines.

Many nights of the week, a rotating collection of musicians congregates outside the restaurants and plays easy jazz tunes while you dine. Some restaurants offer live music entertainment indoors, too. If you enjoy the music, don’t forget to tip or purchase a CD.

After dinner, try barhopping down Hardware Lane and try a range of local or imported wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks. Order delicious cocktails or try beers that are brewed in nearby neighbourhoods.

Hardware Lane is open daily for free, although different restaurants and bars will have different opening hours. The lane is pedestrianised between 11.00am and 11.00pm. Approximately halfway between Elizabeth Street and Queen Street in Melbourne’s downtown area, Hardware Lane runs north to south and is bordered by Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street. The nearest train station is Melbourne Central, located approximately 8-minutes’ walk away, and trams operate on the lane’s adjacent streets.


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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel ¥8,055
Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel

60 Market Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Melbourne aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Collins Street, Yarra Riverfront, and Flinders Lane. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 11 minutes.

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel ¥7,270
    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

    Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel

    480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, SEA LIFE Melbourne, and Yarra Riverfront. Flinders Lane and Hardware Lane are also within 10 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 9 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

      Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne ¥5,658
      Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

      Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

      300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 3 mi (5 km). Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

        Oaks Melbourne on William Suites ¥8,578
        Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

        Oaks Melbourne on William Suites

        350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Hardware Lane, and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Central and Emporium Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

          Pegasus Apart'Hotel ¥13,350
          Pegasus Apart'Hotel

          Pegasus Apart'Hotel

          206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

            Wyndham Hotel Melbourne
            Wyndham Hotel Melbourne

            Wyndham Hotel Melbourne

            199 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Emporium Melbourne and Bourke Street Mall. SEA LIFE Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes.

              Avani Melbourne Central Residences ¥10,461
              Avani Melbourne Central Residences

              Avani Melbourne Central Residences

              60 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne Central and State Library of Victoria. Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 8 minutes.

                WRAP on Southbank ¥10,386
                WRAP on Southbank

                WRAP on Southbank

                133 -139 City Road, Southbank, VIC
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 20 minutes.