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Fitzroy

Perch in a Brunswick Street bar and celebrate the way that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same in this bohemian enclave.

While inevitably undergoing inner-city gentrification, Fitzroy has retained its creative edge thanks to a great mix of art galleries, studios and specialist bookshops. Idiosyncratic bars pop up on Smith Street, Marios. Polyester and Brunswick Street Books still call Brunswick Street home, and Johnson Street continues to flaunt its Spanish heritage, especially during the November Hispanic Fiesta.

Brunch and bar hopping on Brunswick Street

Grab an all-day breakfast, an outdoor lunch and hang around until evening to make merry in Brunswick Street's bars and pubs.

Ring the doorbell for the privilege of classic cocktails at The Attic, listen to vinyl crackle at Black Cat or go frou frou at Polly. Prop up the bar alongside old-timers and bearded musos at Sullivans-style pubs like Labour In Vain, the Standard, the Napier or Marquis of Lorne.

Fossicking Fitzroy

Browse quaint and quirky shops selling vintage wares and locally designed goodies. Try Vintage Sole, Somebuddy Loves You, The Untitled Shop, FAT 4, Hunter Gatherer and in.cube8r. Flick though cult classics at alternative bookstore Polyester Books or rifle through records at the music shop sibling. Do your one-stop independent design shopping on Saturdays at the Rose Street Artists' Market.

Tour d'Art

Get snapping the local street art and commissioned murals, and check out studios, galleries and workshops like Brunswick Street Gallery, Alcaston Gallery, Sutton Gallery, Window99, PanelPop and Centre for Contemporary Photography.

East to Smith Street

Get your dancing shoes on and head to Smith Street. Pick up the appropriate footwear at the outlets along the strip, or at one of the growing number of stores stocking local designer wares. Check out the bands and DJs at Yah Yah's, Panama, Kent Street and Collingwood World.

How to get there

By tram: Number 112 from Collins Street or Number 86 from Bourke Street.
By bus: From the city take Route 200 towards Bulleen, 201 towards Doncaster or 207 towards Donvale.

Destinations

Gertrude Street

Take the amount of time you've allotted to hang out on Gertrude Street, and double it to get to grips with this microcosm of Fitzroy's best bits.

Offspring locations

Offspring locations

Make like an awkward obstetrician and let your dramas play out in Fitzroy, Offspring-style. Get set to steal scenes in the show's cafes, bars and pubs.

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Things to do

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Union Club Hotel

Even before Offspring, this great local pub knew how to pull a crowd: with good food and booze.

The Evelyn

Hear indie, metal and hip hop at this Fitzroy fave, pumping out live music since the nineties.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

The Workers Club bandroom

A favourite with the indie arts crowd, catch shows by up-and-coming indie, electro and folk acts.

Rose Street Artists Market

Meet and greet a sizeable line-up of Melbourne's emerging artists at this quiet Fitzroy institution.

The Labour in Vain

Proudly local, proudly no-fuss, Labour in Vain features pub tucker, cold beers and free live music.

Belle's Hot Chicken

Dig into Nashville-inspired spicy fried chicken with classic southern sides, beers and bourbons.

Moon Under Water

Dig into the four-course prix fixe of English classics with a decidedly McConnell twist.

Kinki Gerlinki

Dress up in playful understated elegant-vintage style from quintessentially quirky Melbourne designers.

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