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Take the amount of time you've allotted to hang out on Gertrude Street, and double it. Getting to grips with this microcosm of the best bits of Fitzroy is equal parts time consuming and rewarding.

In just one strip you'll find bars, restaurants, galleries, boutiques, vintage wares, costume hire and old-school pubs. You just need to decide where to begin.

Starting the day

Will you go for breakfast bagels at Arcadia? Pastries and killer coffee at De Clieu? Gourmet brunch at Birdman Eating or Archie's All Day? Load up on energy for some mega browsing.

Tick off the galleries first. Gertrude Contemporary, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and the Australian Print Workshop will expand your mind with emerging and contemporary works. Third Drawer Down on neighbouring George Street is like the gift shop at the end.

Locals who lunch

Locate the luncheon spot of choice, whether pizza at Ladro, a cheeky glass of wine and antipasti at Gertrude Street Enoteca or hip arepas in Sonido. Be tantalised by the tapas at Añada.

Shopping on the strip

Ditch downloading for the joys of flipping through vinyl at Northside Records and browsing the music, films and books in Title. Rummage through antique oddities and vintage finds at Tarlo & Graham.

Feel the flush of pride in local labels Obus, Edgeley and Aesop. Check out the textiles and crafts at Spacecraft and Cottage Industry. Dress up for dinner with designer duds from The Signet Bureau and ESS Laboratory. Up your sartorial game at Smart Alec Hatters.

Late night delights

Make room for a course or two of perfection on a plate at Cutler & Co., at the Builders Arms and Ricky & Pinky, or hatted wine bar Marion. Taste bush tucker gone gourmet at Charcoal Lane and southern-style spice at Belle's Hot Chicken. 

Ascend unassuming stairs to the pedigreed sophisticated boozy reading room that's the Everleigh and sip the bartender's choice through a metal straw.

End your night where all good nights must, standing shoulder to shoulder with your mates by the stage at The Workers Club.

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ESS Laboratory

Expect unorthodox cuts, unexpected cuts and forms, and unisex outfits of rare beauty from this duo.

The Workers Club

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music will fix your ills.

Northside Records

Head northside for LPs, CDs, DVDs, books, DJ equipment and phonic rarities especially imported.

The Signet Bureau

Admire this striking gallery space and the vibrant clothing and shoe designs that bring it to life.

Tarlo & Graham

If you love eccentric antiques, vintage bits and industrial design, quench your curiosity here.

Obus

Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting edge fashion.

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Food & wine

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De Clieu

Allow plenty of time for soaking up the atmosphere at De Clieu, made better by house roasted coffee.

The Workers Club

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music will fix your ills.

The Fitzroy Beer Garden

Hit the leafy beer garden for cheap grub and cocktails, plus DJs and weekly trivia.

The Wilde

Expect the unexpected. The next time you visit this ever-evolving bar, it may be a whole new place.

Charcoal Lane

Savour a full tummy plus the buzz of supporting a worthy social initiative.

Marion

Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.

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