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  • Ceiling detail from Cathedral Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cruise Melbourne's arcades and take in cutting-edge artwork, independent fashion, imported music and stunning design.

Start at Block Arcade, which links Collins Street and Little Collins streets via a glass canopied, mosaic floored laneway. Cross over to Royal Arcade, nodding to the giant statues of Gog and Magog. Cover your tracks back over Collins Street for Cathedral Arcade and its dome and leadlighting. Slip beneath Degraves Street to Campbell Arcade for its subterranean exhibitions.

Along the way, shop for beats at Basement Discs and Wax Museum Records. Find threads at Kuwaii, Marais, Somewhere and Cats Meow, and accessories at Corky Saint Clair. Read zines at Sticky and refuel at Hopetoun Tearooms or Cup of Truth.