A Stylish Stroll Down The Arcade laneway

Sometimes the best finds are down the path less travelled. Visit the arcade on level 2 between Sheike and Portmans

Sometimes you need to go off the beaten track to discover something truly special. In Melbourne, you never know what gems you’ll find hidden down its many laneways; and the same can be said for The Arcade here at Eastland. Located within the centre, it’s home to some lesser known stores that are well worth a veer off your usual path.  

Tucked in The Arcade is a curated collection of boutique shops starring local and international artisans, experts and up-and-coming designers that break away from the norm. Always evolving, it is an eclectic mix of inspirational souls and stores that few may know, but for those that do – you’ll keep coming back for more.

Inspired by the laneways Melbourne is so famous for, The Arcade offers the same allure and intrigue – you never know what great new piece you might uncover next. It is the place you go when you’re looking for something unique, unexpected or that one treasure that is missing from your collection. From creative craftsmanship to makers with a flair for adding luxury to your wardrobe and beyond, something special can always be found.

If you like to fill your wardrobe and home with items unbeknown to the masses, or enjoy supporting emerging brands with raw talent, The Arcade is where your next shopping trip should begin. As you stroll down its glossy tiled lane, you get a sense that you’ve come across something only the locals are privy to. The setting is luxurious and there’s a calmness in the air that makes you feel like you should take your time to wander.

There’s wonderful things just waiting to be found at The Arcade. Artisans, experts and up-and-coming designers that break away from the norm.

Sisko Chocolates

Why settle for a chocolate bar when you can devour a cocoa masterpiece?! Sisko Chocolate has been Melbourne’s chocolate master since 2009 and continues to push the boundaries on what wonderful things can be created with the hero ingredient. Sisko Chocolates is probably best known for their chocolate flowers (their founder, Christina Tantsis happens to be a former floral designer), and are truly delicious works of art, although their chocolate spheres are equally impressive. It’s all about attention to detail, immaculate presentation and a flare for the unexpected. But if you’re less after wow factor and instead are seeking indulgence of the highest form, they deliver on that front, too. Be warned – all willpower to resist temptation will be lost at the door.

Sisko Chocolates

Knick Knack Collections

If you love artistically designed stationery, but you’d like to also be mindful of the environment so you don’t have to cut back on your stationery purchases, then find your way into Knick Knack Collections. Founded by designers Jessica Bouton and Dana Stockton, their stationery is handmade in-store, printed locally in Melbourne on 100% Australian recycled post-consumer waste paper and uses vegetable based inks to ensure your stationery addiction has the least amount of impact on Mother Nature. 

Knick Knack Collections

2 + A

The beauty industry isn’t the only one to have benefited from the creative minds coming out of Korea. 2 + A’s collections of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories take inspiration from Korean and South East Asian fashion to deliver the latest in international fashion trends before the rest of the world even catch on. Think cool finds, high quality yet reasonable prices so you can keep coming back for more.

2+A

Leateriels

A LBD may hold the title for the most versatile must-have in any wardrobe, but without a leather jacket by her side she can all too easily fade into the background. Leather is a luxury investment in your wardrobe that won’t date, yet will continue to lift your style game on the regular. Leateriels are the leather experts who turned their know-how for the material after 25 years as a leather clothing manufacturer into a flourishing, fashion-forward label. If you dream of it in leather, you will find it here.

Leateriels

Poppies for Grace

Poppies for Grace is the work of Sara Dickins & Alana Waterson whom made their first sale in 2004. They believe in joy, cake, thankfulness and celebrating.  Here you can find exciting and unique party supplies, with their current range including  jumbo confetti balloons, confetti, honeycomb balls, streamer sets, balloon pops and more. It seems every colour is their favourite at Poppies for Grace.

Poppies for Grace