degraves st subway alley

Somehow I have managed to avoid, during my decade in and out of Melbourne, from ever going down the stairs on Flinders St opposite the railway station and discovering the beautiful Art Deco Degraves St Mall. It was only because I’d been asked to take some photos of it that I even locked my bike up to the railing and went down those stairs at all. The delicate salmon pink tiles and contrasting imposing solid black pillars and skirting, curved corners and oil-slick glass and chrome are one of the wonders of Melbourne. And great shops too.