In the inner city, any laneway could hold the perfect cup of coffee, and a vintage bargain is always just a short tram ride away.
From the lush greenery of Carlton Gardens, through the tram-filled streets of the CBD and over the river to the aisles of South Melbourne Market, there are hidden gems to be found all over Melbourne.
To help you uncover the best ones, we’ve teamed up with American Express to pull together a selection of the businesses that give Melbourne its character — and that you can shop small at. Start on Lygon Street, make your way through the city’s laneways and arcades and finish with oysters and croissants at the market. All of these shops and eating spots will welcome you — and your American Express Card — with open arms.