Published: 10 Mar 2020
Updated: 29 Jan 2021
Category: Real Estate , Compass Leisure

Collins Street – A Whole World in One Road


You can go to Paris and New York, all in the span of the 2 kilometres of Collins Street in downtown Melbourne, Australia.
At the scenic Collins Street, old world buildings juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers. A major street in the Melbourne city centre, it’s the ideal venue for businesses as well as a place fit for urbanites.
From Compass Offices’ business centres in 360 Collins Street and 459 Collins Street, you can step out to a world of wonders, with some only minutes away on foot. 

Walk over to Paris

The east end of Collins Street is what locals refer to as the “Paris End”.

It is reminiscent of the French capital, where trees and chic cafes line the sidewalk, and heritage buildings house some of the biggest names in high-fashion.

On this end, there’s also the Athenaeum Theatre and The Capitol for theatrical and cultural happenings, as well as the famed 19th century shopping arcade, The Block Arcade, only three minutes away from 360 Collins Street.

A Slice of the Big Apple

While most attention gravitates to the luxurious east, the west end of Collins Street equals in importance.

Colloquially referred to as the “New York End”, the vibrant business district is where many banking, legal, and insurance entities are located.

This area is seeing a rise in trendy eateries and bars, as well as residential and commercial developments. With an attractive location and mature amenities, demands for flexible office spaces such as serviced offices and coworking spaces are also on a climb.

Duck into the Lanes

Hidden lanes near the Melbourne CBD are a stark contrast against big buildings and luxury retailers. People come from near and far to revere the murals and get their fill of the urban art scene. There are also interesting holes in the wall where you can enjoy a coffee and drink or two.

Just off Collins Street, you can find Duckboard Place, Hosier Lane, and Presgrave Place.

Palate Pleasers

No article about Melbourne can be complete without a mention of food. The city is not just a touchstone for good coffee. Being a cultural melting pot, it’s also a smorgasbord of different cuisines.

In Flinder’s Lane off Collins Street, there’s Chin Chin for Southeast Asian fare, Lune Croissanterie with great croissants, and Cumulus Inc, a quintessentially Australian place for all-day dining.

At Little Collins, Le Petit Gateau brings delicious macarons, Laurent Bakery with its artisanal pastries, and Dodee Paidang that dishes up authentic Thai experiences.


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