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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 55 mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f6.3, Shutter: 1/80
Hardware Lane in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is one of a labyrinth of beautifully restored lanes. It’s a small lane tucked away between Queen Street and Elizabeth Street, and crossing Little Bourke Street, in the heart of Melbourne’s legal district. Named after Hardware House in the 1920s, Hardware Lane was built on land formerly occupied by Kirk’s Horse Bazaar, a horse and livery trading centre built in 1840 by James Bowie Kirk. Architecturally Hardware Lane is an historical portrait, with many early warehouses still intact. Dynon’s Building at 63-73 Hardware Lane is a set of four warehouses designed by William Pitt, the designer of some of the finest gothic revival buildings in the city including Princess Theatre. Flower-filled baskets and window boxes add colour to the 19th century brick and stone warehouses that frame the lane and make a superb setting for the huge variety of eclectic cafes and restaurants. Shaded by a canopy of beautiful trees and cafe umbrellas, its a great place to sip your morning cuppa alfresco-style along a red-cobblestoned pavement and soak up the environment. Life along Hardware doesn’t end at noon and after sunset, the stretch transforms into one of Melbourne’s funkier dining venues with the sounds of live jazz echoing off the laneway.