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City of Melbourne pop up spots !


editor’s update March 2018 – one of our readers has tracked down a new web link for details on these Street Cylinders – and approvals/street trading/pages/casual street trading (thanks Alyson !)


The City of Melbourne invites applications for their “smallest shops”.

As far as location goes… you can’t get much closer to “foot traffic” than having a shop right out on the pavement of a busy shopping street ! For the past 4 years or so, the City of Melbourne has provided unique retail outlets within a number of tall steel cylinders, dotted around the CBD. Each cylinder opens up to reveal a tiny retail space (less than 2 square metres) – perhaps that’s a challenge to many businesses but it’s a great opportunity for others… (to think small, but clever !) Recent pop up tenants have included potted plants, hair extensions, a juice and snack bar – even a French creperie.

The City of Melbourne has opened applications for new and existing “Street Trading Cylinder” operators, offering licences of up to 3 years – but also short-term stays. They will assess applications based on the uniqueness and innovation of a concept, quality and presentation, its’ business viability and environmental sustainability.

Applications for casual street traders can be made via the Enterprise Melbourne Short Term Street Trading site. (comment from editor – March 2018 – I believe the web link has been updated to Casual Street Trading)

Details of longer-term “street trading in a public place” opportunities within the City of Melbourne are described at and approvals/street trading/pages/long term street trading (this link was also updated March 2018)

Do other cities offer “small shop” spaces ? Please let us know if you see similar footpath outlets !


Le Petite Creperie Swanston Street

Le Petite Creperie Swanston Street 2


images :   Street Trading Cylinder – Swanston Street –

7 comment to "City of Melbourne pop up spots !"

  1. Jing 29/12/2015

    Hi. I’m want Dec31night rent small pop up shop sell drink and something ~ do you have sort least pop up shop cross finder st ?
    And how much one day ? Or week ? Thank you


  2. Courtney 16/03/2017

    I’m hunting for the photographer who was in the pop up just at the corner of Bourke and Swanston- photos of Melbourne Graffiti. Where did he go??


  3. Clarion 18/05/2017

    Hi, can I have more information how to lease pop up spot?

    Thank you!


  4. Kathy 27/02/2019

    hi, I’m looking for a small food pop up space around Melbourne about 3 months – city and/or northern suburbs. Can any agents or landlords help me ?


  5. Evique 04/12/2019

    Hi i am looking for pop up small spot for my vitamin serums
    My brand is evique all natural serums


  6. Nouha Zakharia 21/11/2020

    I am looking for a pop up short term lease for my products please contact me – Nouha – thank you kindly


  7. Jimmy 14/06/2022

    The pop up store is one of the best ideas for entrepreneurs to sell on the busy streets of Melbourne at the same time be creative in many ways on how they could fit their business in a small space area.


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