The ultimate Sydney hidden gem: This secret slice of Europe is hiding down a tiny laneway – and you won’t believe what it used to look like

Those lusting after a Mediterranean holiday are loving a hidden laneway in Sydney that looks straight out of Italy or Spain.

Collins Lane is nestled in the suburban streets of Rose Bay in Sydney’s east and is a delightful burst of colour. 

The dreamy alleyway is lined with a series of shops and cafes each adorned with a different bold hue or quirky street art. 

Visitors will never guess the vibrant hidden gem was once an unremarkable grey thoroughfare leading through to the nearby Rose Bay beach.

However, the Woollahra Council commissioned a much-needed refresh and opened the new-and-improved Collins Lane in March of 2023. 

 

Collins Lane is nestled in the suburban streets of Rose Bay in Sydney’s east and is a delightful burst of colour

Visitors will never guess the vibrant hidden gem was once a unremarkable grey thoroughfare through to the nearby Rose Bay beach

However, the Woollahra Council commissioned a much-needed refresh and opened the new-and-improved Collins Lane in March of 2023

Visitors will never guess the vibrant hidden gem was once a unremarkable grey thoroughfare through to the nearby Rose Bay beach

The look was inspired by the island of Burano in Venice and came to life with the help of artist Alice McAuliffe who created a ‘Concrete Carpet’ along the length of the lane. 

Lining each side of the alley is a series of business and cafes. There are homewares stores, beauticians, eateries and hairdressers to visit. 

Collins Lane cafe with its decorated blue-and-orange door is a popular brunch spot while Moshiko has been a thriving coffee joint since well before the tiny street’s revamp. 

Another popular spot is the Made On Earth homewares store at the entrance of the lane offering stylish knick-knacks, gifts and accessories. 

The look was inspired by the island of Burano in Venice and came to life with the help of artist Alice McAuliffe who created a 'Concrete Carpet' along the length of the lane

The look was inspired by the island of Burano in Venice and came to life with the help of artist Alice McAuliffe who created a ‘Concrete Carpet’ along the length of the lane

Lining each side of the alley is a series of business and cafes. There are homewares stores, beauticians, eateries and hairdressers to visit

Collins Lane cafe with its decorated blue and orange door is a popular brunch spot while Moshiko has been a thriving coffee joint since well before the tiny street's revamp

Lining each side of the alley is a series of business and cafes. There are homewares stores, beauticians, eateries and hairdressers to visit

Instagrammer Ally said the 'hidden gem' is just minutes from Sydney city and is often missed despite being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Eastern Suburbs

Instagrammer Ally said the ‘hidden gem’ is just minutes from Sydney city and is often missed despite being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Eastern Suburbs

Sydneysiders have been raving about their visits with blogger Maggie calling the spectacular spot a ‘colourful oasis’. 

‘I have never visited Europe but this is how I picture it to be like!’ she said in an online video warning people to get there before 3pm when all the shops and restaurants are open.

‘How have I been in Sydney my whole life and never seen this! I must check it out!’ one viewer said. 

‘This is so cute, how have we not seen this before?’ a second asked. 

‘Omg this actually looks like Greece!’ a third said while a fourth added: ‘Literally thought this was Italy’. 

Instagrammer Ally said the ‘hidden gem’ is just minutes from Sydney city and is often missed despite being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Eastern Suburbs. 

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