Running between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, Degraves St is now an iconic Melbourne laneway. We love Degraves St. Here are just a few of the reasons why we do.
First, it’s the coffee. Taking your pick from a range of outlets and suppliers, you can’t go wrong. Everyone of them is busy and efficient, but with vendors who are always happy to chat while they bustle and quip with one-liners. There’s a real customer first focus here that makes sure that despite the crowded tables, you’ll always find somewhere to sit, or vendors will help find you a spot. With so many people around, it’s easy to assume that cafe proprietors here don’t bother too much about their clients. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every person seems to get noticed and seems to be given attention, no matter how busy vendors seem to be. It’s just one of the reasons why we love Degraves St, Melbourne and why we always make a point of holding our meetings there every time we’re in town.
Then, there’s the vibe. It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg: who knows which came first? The vibe or the vendors. But in the end, just like the chicken and the egg, it doesn’t matter, as you get both. The order is irrelevant and they are both in bountiful supply.
Surburban Melburnians have adjusted to their traffic problems by limiting their city visits to essential trips only. But even the most suburb-centric Melburnians can be easily talked into making a trip into town to meet in Degraves St. That’s another reason why we love Degraves St. It has an authentic Melburnian flavour, where patrons are mainly Melburnians who love it, not just tourists, although there are lots of them too.
Cobbled stones, a central row of outdoor dining tables sheltered under large umbrellas, the aroma of coffee wafting through the cool air, with waves of music drifting through the bustle of this moving, narrow thoroughfare. It’s a lane like no other. It’s like a crowded exhibition hall, an art gallery where humans are on show. And of course, it’s a people-watcher’s paradise. For street style photographers like us, every time we visit Degraves St it’s like a photographer’ picnic. So much to see, so much to snap. We end up with so many photos we hardly know how to start organising our raw files.
If you don’t live in Melbourne and you haven’t visited Degraves St, you don’t know what you’re missing. With so much on offer, we can’t go past Degraves St, without stopping for a coffee at least. It’s one of the best ways to soak up the vibe, the bustle, the music, the culture, the energy and the flavour of Melbourne.
And the nearby lanes that have spun off from the Degraves St vibe are almost just as magical. Meet you for coffee in Degraves St!