Carving out a thoroughfare at ground-level between Fort Lane and Queen St, the Lane takes its lead from the great cities of New York and Melbourne as one of the city's first shared spaces.
Lit by massive four-story lightwells and with a sweeping spiral staircase leading to the theatres on the first floor, the raw bricks, cobblestone floors and large oak and concrete tables create a distinct 19th century industrial warehouse feel.
By day, Imperial Lane is home to new European patisserie and bakery Elske, with Danish-inspired European bakery and patisserie goods from Michelin-starred pastry chef Kristina Jensen served alongside some seriously good coffee.
By afternoon and evening, they serve up gourmet hotdogs (think Banh Mi - with a chilli and lime chicken sausage, pickled cabbage with fresh coriander and chilli, a carrot and cucumber salad, rice wine mayo and toasted ground rice - or a classic Manhattan) and craft beer to wash them down with.
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