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Street art in Hosier Lane
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Where to find the best street art in Melbourne

Explore one of the world's largest (and ever changing) collections of street art right here in Melbourne

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Time Out editors
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Melbourne is a city known for its street art. So many of our inner city streets and laneways are adorned with murals – some locations (looking at your Hosier Lane) have even become tourist destinations in their own right because of street art. 

But if you're not a local it can sometimes be tricky to find the best street art locations in Melbourne. Which is why we've rounded up the top hotspots that any self-respecting Instagrammer should be snapping; we've even included the exact location to make finding the artworks that much easier. Lace up your comfy shoes and hit the pavement to discover Melbourne's best street art.

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Melbourne street art hit list

Hosier Lane
Graham Denholm

1. Hosier Lane

Opposite Federation Square and joining Flinders Lane with Flinders Street, the cobblestoned Hosier Lane is arguably the central point of the city's street art scene. Spend a long while checking out every little bit of this overflowing art cluster – a creative mark has been left on almost anything with a surface and sometimes it's the smaller, easily-overlooked pieces that really astound.

See the exact location here.

Centre Place
Photograph: Graham Denholm

2. Centre Place

Find it between Collins Street and Flinder Lane and feast your eyes on some of Melbourne's most high-profile and elaborate stencil work and graffiti art.

See the exact location here.

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AC/DC Lane
Photograph: Graham Denholm

3. AC/DC Lane

Running off Flinders Lane, AC/DC Lane was named back in 2004 to pay tribute to the Australian rock band. As you might expect, the street art features all kinds of musicians – both real and imagined. The lane was formerly home to the legendary live music venue, Cherry Bar before it moved, but still houses Peruvian restaurant Pastuso.

See the exact location here.

Keith Haring mural
Photograph: Graham Denholm

4. Keith Haring mural

The late but legendary New York artist Keith Haring created this mural for Melbourne back in 1984, and it's been one of the city's favourite pieces of public art ever since. It had a significant restoration back in 2013 and is now looking pretty wonderful at its original location on Johnston Street in Collingwood.

See the exact location here.

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Caledonian Lane
Photograph: Graham Denholm

5. Caledonian Lane

Caledonian Lane is one of those super-small Melbourne laneways, but it also has a big history: this was the birthplace of the now international festival, St Jerome's Laneway. The laneway, which is just off Lonsdale Street and hiding behind Swanston, has changed significantly since then, but there's still plenty of art to feast your eyes on.

See the exact location here.

Croft Alley
Photograph: Graham Denholm

6. Croft Alley

Right in the centre of Chinatown, Croft Alley winds off Little Bourke Street. At the end of the alley, you'll find one of Melbourne's favourite laneway bars, Croft Institute.

See the exact location here.

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Duckboard Place
Photograph: Graham Denholm

7. Duckboard Place

Duckboard Place curves around from Flinders Lane back to AC/DC Lane. In addition to several significant murals, Duckboard Place is home to some high end restaurants, including Lee Ho Fook.

See the exact location here.

Rankins Lane
Photograph: Graham Denholm

8. Rankins Lane

Just around the corner from Bourke Street Mall, Rankins Lane is a fairly narrow, unassuming brick lane. But it's also home to this art work (as well as a dusting of extra graffiti). 

See the exact location here.

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Everfresh Fitzroy mural
Photograph: Graham Denholm

9. Everfresh Fitzroy mural

This large graphic mural, which declares "Welcome to Sunny Fitzroy", sits on the side of the long-standing live music venue The Night Cat. It was painted back in 2009 by Melbourne street art crew Everfresh, and can be found on the corner of Johnston and Young Streets in Fitzroy.

See the exact location here.

Stevenson Lane
Photograph: Graham Denholm

10. Stevenson Lane

Stevenson Lane is particularly tiny, right by the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale Street, but you can find this mural. The adjoining Tattersalls Lane you'll need to enter to reach Stevenson is also a street art hotspot.

See the exact location here.

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Aretha Brown Fitzroy mural
Photograph: Supplied / Alt Shift

11. Aretha Brown Fitzroy mural

Gumbaynggirr artist and activist Aretha Brown's mural on Fitzroy's Converse Store doesn't just look striking; it also uses a special type of paint to remove and store carbon in the atmosphere. 

See the exact location here.

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