Electric Treat Street
Social night owls and sweet hunters unite in an immersive, neon-lit laneway that captures the vibrant history of Chinatown and alludes to its thriving future. Bridging the energy of Haymarket with Darling Square, Little Hay Street is the Electric Treat Street you’ve been twitching for.
Gelato alchemist Messina have swung open its doors, your new favourite café Dopa by Devon, will take care of those morning-to-midday munchies, with everything but, its unremarkable cold-cut namesake (sorry Mum) and Melbourne outpost Shortstop will flog donuts so good Homer Simpson couldn’t even dream them up.
There is also brilliant Filipino street food from Rey’s Place, and saccharine eats and sips from Bengong Black.
For those looking for a little retail therapy, there are some rather lush treat-yourself moments on offer from specialty Korean and Japanese beauty store LaCosmetique, and nail and hair salons to keep you shiny and polished. Fashion store 15 Sheets promises the latest trends for men and women, and for anyone after a more permanent statement, the team at Thirteen Feet Tattoo have set up shop too.
UP IN NEON LIGHTS
It seemed only appropriate that in such a dynamic street—one where beautiful collisions of all kinds are welcome—we would introduce a public art piece as the final jewel in the crown. Suspended over Little Hay Street, the work City Lights has been created by contemporary Australian artist Brendan Van Hek.
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