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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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Things to do

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Obus

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

Smart Alec Hatters

Join the ranks of discerning gentlemen who know that a jaunty outfit is not complete without a hat.

Ixtlan Melbourne Jewellery Store

In a world saturated with mass production and cheap imitations, jewellery like this comes from a...

Edgeley

Peruse the biannual collections, buy off the rack or commission custom pieces from Alice Edgeley.

Northside Records

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

The Workers Club

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

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Food & wine

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Ladro

Taste the magic that is a Ladro pizza at the perennially popular pizzeria's original location.

The Workers Club

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

The Catfish

Great booze, great food and great tunes is the aim of many bars, but the Catfish gets it spot on.

Sonido

Give your weekend mornings a South American glow over crispy arepas and Columbian hot chocolate.

Ricky & Pinky

Never mind the irony. Enjoy good old-fashioned Chinese cuisine at Andrew McConnell's Ricky & Pinky.

Charcoal Lane

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

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